Yesterday was Jumping day 1...... I note that there are now interlopers on my Blog page so you know the results and the comments by Nick, Ben, Peter and Scott. We are clearly a close team in the Equestrian team and have perfected the art of doing things in pairs.....1st fence Eventing Individual Final, on the diagonal in the Grand Prix and the triple bar yesterday!
Yesterday's competition counted towards the qualification for the individual final and the results dictated the Team starting order for today's Nations' Cup (team competition). I have said it before and I will say it again.....competition here at Greenwich is very very close. One rail down separated the rider in 42nd and 1st = yesterday. 4 faults as a team score means that we start in the first group today not the top group of 8 teams. All teams start on a score of 0 today so if we can post three clears that will really put the pressure on those that come later.
Dressage had a relaxed day yesterday - this is a crucial time for them as there is a big break between the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special.....it would be easy for the riders to over work the horses or not find time to relax themselves......the later was achieved by a visit to the Village.
We did have a slight incident the other day with one of our Vets...worrying really.. Step 1 collect urine from a horse for urinalysis. Step 2 place beaker of urine next to cup of coffee. Step 3 not concentrate whilst picking up coffee to drink. Step 4 leave the stables trying to remain incognito to spit urine out that has been consumed.
We like to provide all the support possible to riders.....including mounting blocks......(do NOT try this at home).
|Carl gets a helping hand|