Buck and Caroline were kind enough to stop and chat after they’d worked Quantum Solace (Nacho) on the flat this morning. We talked about doing Tattersalls as a warm-up event, what it’s like to only have one horse for an extended period of time, and a little bit about the cross country here at Bramham.
There’s a great energy in the US camp this week. Buck has been christened “Head Coach” and is positively giddy with too little to do, he may even have been shopping I hear!
There have been all sorts of trips and tourist activities planned, but the highlight for both him and Caroline in Ireland they told me, was visiting Ballydoyle, home of Aidan O Brien’s famous training centre.
If you’ve any doubt about whether Buck still loves thoroughbreds ask him about the horses he saw there, and then see his eyes light up when he describes the way they walk, they move, the gallops, the history…
It’s down to business now with dressage taking place for the U25 division tomorrow, and of course the jumping phases on Saturday and Sunday.
The wifi at the venue has been poor so far, but everything else – the weather, the countryside, the organisation, all the volunteers and the general amount of effort that goes into making Bramham the very best it possibly can be is second to none.
We’ll do our best to bring you as much as possible during the day. Go Team USA at Bramham, Go Eventing!