The dressage jog took place this afternoon – always a nail-biter and after so many days of being here, it now finally feels like a competition. The Canadian horses passed with flying colours and looked pretty darned sharp doing so! The team dressed in a Chinese theme complete with chopsticks in the hair. They really looked fantastic and were the best dressed team there (I know I’m biased!) I’ve posted a few pics below so you can see how nice they all looked.
I have to hit the hay as the cross-country is tomorrow morning. The Canadian team currently sits in 9th position following dressage. Selena O’Hanlon put in a terrific performance last night to be the top ranked Canadian after dressage – and she had a huge grin on her face the whole time during her test. It was great to see! I walked the course yesterday with Mike G. and it is quite spectacular. It should look stunning on tv although it is very twisty and turny….not a lot of galloping spots and 8 jumping efforts within the first minute. Most people are saying that this definitely won’t be a dressage competition and that no one will make the time. There are some options built into some of the fences, but they look pretty huge and technical as well. Sure reminded me why I quit Eventing once I reached the Prelim level! Waaaaaaaay too scary for me. I’ll stick to a nice little white-fenced arena where the scariest thing to deal with is a judge’s booth or a camera 🙂 I’ll post some pics of the cross-country tomorrow.