A behind the scenes glimpse at what it takes to send and support the Canadian Equestrian Team on the road to a major games.

Eventing Horses Touchdown

This afternoon was a busy one with the next horse flight coming in…the Canadian and US Eventing teams + 1 Argentinian eventer. The flight was a smooth one, with all horses traveling very well and arriving slightly ahead of schedule.

Under sunshiny skies, the equipment and horses were unloaded quickly.
Guadalajara airport has never rec’d horses prior to these Pan Am Games, and the airport officials/customs etc. are starting to become familiar with the routine.

Things moved so quickly that I was hopeful it wouldn’t be too late a day, but unfortunately the customs officials insisted on opening each trunk to inspect it prior to loading it onto the trailer.

But it wasn’t too long before the horses were on their way to the Club Hipica.

Tomorrow’s schedule includes a trip to the Eventing Grooms’ hotel, where despite us visiting yesterday to confirm the 3 rooms we require ( I even left a spreadsheet which included the grooms’ names), they only gave us 2…..that doesn’t work when you have 4 female grooms and 1 male.

We’ll then stop by Club Hipica to see how everyone is doing, and hopefully pick up all of the Owner Accreds which we’ve been trying to get since arriving here 1 week ago!

Then off to the Country Club to catch Tina Irwin’s and Tom Dvorak’s rides (and celebrate Crystal Kroetch’s and Roberta Byng-Morris’ morning rides)

Riding times are:

8:54 – Roberta
11:00 – Crystal
2:09 – Tina
4:24 – Tom

By 6pm, we’ll know if we secured an Olympic berth for 2012 London

Off to bed now….so here are some pics from today.

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