Our Selection Trials at Gladstone ended over a week ago, and I just now found the time to sit down and write about them. I’ve been flying and driving around the country to various clinic locations over the past few days.
W came here to win. I’ve tried to explain to him that he is too young, too inexperienced, too under-ranked...but he is not impressed by any of that. He comes out of the box every day, gives me more than I ask for and amazingly, improves in all of his work on a daily basis. I am impressed.
(The part that is hard to put into words is about his HAIR. You have to understand that this horse has a lot of it, and he loves to flip it around. You have to see it to understand it, but he believes he can win because he has the best hair. Seriously.)
The moment is upon us! All the horses have passed the Vet Check at the USEF Festival of Champions, Selection Trials for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, 2010. The small tour started this afternoon with Kassandra Barteau winning the Prix St. Georges on her 10-year-old Jazz, Toscano.
The starting list for the Grand Prix on Saturday morning has been drawn and looks like this:
I hope you are planning your trip to the USET Team Headquarters right now! Winyamaro, who firmly believes that he is the sexiest horse alive, is demanding spectators for our Selection Trials. He traveled a long way to show off his cool moves, so please don’t let him down.
W, Gizmo and I have been in the good ole USA for exactly one week now. I love my life in Germany so much that sometimes I find myself forgetting about some great things in the USA—like ice cream sandwiches and 24-hour supermarkets where you can buy ice cream sandwiches at 6 a.m.
Never promise a pony-trapped-in-a-horse-suit that he will get to the Big Apple if he boards a plane. Winyamaro took my promise to heart, and there was no holding him back on this trip!
Klatte International Horse Shipping Services picked us up at home: Gizmo with his handy travel crate, Casey, myself, our baggage, the tack trunk and last but not least, Winyamaro. Hummel, a mainstay of the Klatte company and long time acquaintance in our stable, was our driver for the day.
By the time this blog hits the Internet, I will be in the air with Winyamaro, Gizmo and my trusty right hand rider-assistant trainer-life manager, Casey Dornan-Nilsen. We are flying with KLM from Amsterdam to New York!
It’s not very often that I give out my number on the Internet, but just for you, here it is: Q282231. That is the serial number of my new saddle, specially designed together with Stübben of Switzerland. Yes, my friends, yours truly is finally putting her old Schultheis saddles to rest after 25 years of unbroken commitment.
I’ve been home from the Falsterbo CDI5* (Sweden) for almost six days now. I hit the ground running after driving home from the show late on Friday night, and I finally found a minute to sit down and write.
W and I are off to Falsterbo! Falsterbo is a small resort community at the southern tip of Sweden, and this small village hosts an international dressage and jumping show every year. The U.S. Jumping Team will be there, and I will compete for the U.S. in the CDI5*.
The trip to Falsterbo is also an exciting one. I will drive to the north of Germany, put the truck on a ferry, cross to southern Denmark, drive to Copenhagen and then cross the bridge toward Malmo in Sweden. Falsterbo is a stone’s throw from Malmo.