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Strike a pose….

Ok, get ready for a whole lotta pictures with me in them. Thanks to the IOC blogging guidelines, yours truly has to be in any pictures taken in an accredited area. This is going to be tough for me because I typically do everything possible to avoid being in pictures!

Although today was a quiet day, it still managed to whip by pretty quickly. A team leader meeting was held again this morning. Nothing too exciting when on, just a recap on meal vouchers (which are purchased by countries for their grooms to eat in the cafeteria), training hours, bridle numbers etc. The biggest discussion seemed to centre around day passes for the venue. My understanding that for past games day passes have been somewhat readily accessible for those people who do not have regular accreditation. But things are really strict for these games and going strictly by the book. It’s definitely understandable that you don’t want a whole gaggle of people wandering around the venue on non-competition days and roaming through the stabling area. At the same time it’s difficult when BOCOG (the Beijing Olympic Organizing committee) were so strict with the # of accreditations that they handed out to each country, and many countries have extra support staff that have no accreditation (ex. physiotherapists, farriers etc.) So far no one has been successful in getting a day pass so it will be interesting to see how that one plays out.

The horses continue to look very well and seem to be adapting no problem to their new digs and the weather. The weather doesn’t seem to be an issue at all. I have asthma and have had no problems. When it gets particularly hot, there might be a bit of a haze…..but then again, the same thing happens in Toronto when it gets really hot. With the main competition arena being open now at night until 10pm there are many riders who take the horses out lightly in the morning, then again in the evening to school. Not long now before the first jog for the Eventers on August 8th! The Canadian Eventing Team seem to be in really great spirits with all horses doing well. They even did a gallop on the famous track at Penfold Park. How cool is that?

Tomorrow the jumper grooms arrive, with the horses coming the next day. So within 48 hours the whole Canadian Team will be in Hong Kong and the maple leaf will truly be everywhere. Go Canada!

in front of the Canadian Dressage Team's tack stall with a vintage Olympic flag....I gotta work on a more relaxed casual pose

in front of the Canadian Dressage Team's tack stall with a vintage Olympic flag....I gotta work on a more relaxed casual pose

me, dressage chef d'equipe Ali Buchanan and the grand poobah himself Mike Gallagher (our team leader)

me, dressage chef d'equipe Ali Buchanan and the grand poobah himself Mike Gallagher (our team leader)

me with Lindsay Kellock and Gran Gesto, who just enjoyed a relaxing shower

me with Lindsay Kellock and Gran Gesto, who just enjoyed a relaxing shower

at the main entrance to the competition ring surrounded by mega-wattage lights

at the main entrance to the competition ring surrounded by mega-wattage lights

quite a busy place at 9pm at night with everyone wanting to get in some practice sessions under the bright lights

quite a busy place at 9pm at night with everyone wanting to get in some practice sessions under the bright lights

the dressage grooms chit chattin' with chef Ali

the dressage grooms chit chattin' with chef Ali

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Comments on: "Strike a pose…." (7)

  1. Liz Steacie said:

    Hey Kerri – I think you look quite nice in all your photos! And those of us back home do appreciate the photos, they give us a much better impression of the venue and the atmosphere. Thanks for doing such a great job.

  2. Anonymous said:

    re: IOC blog guidelines — does it state how *much* of you has to be in each shot? Could you just leave your thumb over part of the lens, in order to insert yourself into each picture? 🙂

  3. Lisa Tripp said:

    Thanks Kerri for a great job at reporting for us that are unable to go!!! Its nice to see all the familiar faces in such an unusual but very interesting place! Nice facilities, I wish I were grooming there!!

  4. "A Kerri Groupie" said:

    Hi Kerri. Really enjoying all the photos – what do you mean you don’t like being photographed? Your smile lights up the screen. Your updates are fantastic. I can’t wait to sign on every morning to find out what is happening. Your articles are so descriptive – it’s almost as good as being there! You should be a professional writer!

  5. christina duncan said:

    Hi, Kerri,
    Great job, thank you so much, your updates are fantastic,
    looking forward to the next update.
    with warm regards,
    Christina

  6. Michael Roy Curtis said:

    just so you know all of us from USA are loving your blog…more please and THANK YOU…

  7. Sue Platz said:

    Say hi and goodluck to Janette, Ash, Jac, and Lindsay for me.

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