World Cup has arrived. So far my days are filled with walking...walking walking... carrying heavy gear, getting into position to shoot, trying to obey the rules to keep out of trouble, walking ...downloading images back in the media room..where, thankfully we are kept well fed and have internet access and a place to do our work. Then more walking to our hotel room in the overly large MGM Grand. Images are being worked on but I suspect the galleries wont be ready until I get home.
Blue Hors Martine was withdrawn due to a minor injury incurred while being unloaded from the van. The withdrawal of Martine, considered a favorite to do very well in the World Cup competition, was a great disappointment to many who had come hoping to see this wonderful horse compete.
Local dressage star Jeremy Steinberg chose to withdraw his mount Parocco citing concern for a minor leg injury sustained last week Steinberg said that he didnt want to take any chances with Parocco's soundness.
A disappointment for Jeremy as well as his many fans prepared to cheer him and Paroccco on.
Such is the nature of life with horses and completely understandable by all hearing this disappointing news
Thursday FEI World Cup Dressage Grand Prix was won by Isabelle Werth on Warum Nicht FRH, Hann Ger.
2nd place was Steffen Peters on Floriano from the US. Floriano was looking much stronger and more muscled than last I saw him, and they put in a lovely test.
FEI Freestyle on Friday as won by Daniel Pinto, Portugal, on the black stallion Galopin De La Fot, Lusitano.
Winner of the Invitational FEI Grand Prix was Mette Rosencrantz on Basquewille, a Dutch warmblood.
In Jumping, "local boy" Rich Fellers unfortunately eliminated off due to off course. A tough way to go, but whatcha gonna do. The Grand Prix jumping on Friday night was won by Meredith Michaels Beerbaum on the wonderful Shutterfly.