We all saw earlier this morning the proof of the ridiculously gorgeous gallop track in Chantilly that Team USA got to use, and yesterday I introduced you to the very important Scha Scha, who is currently acting as team mascot. The great news is that everything seems to be moving along smoothly for Team USA in Chantilly, and also for Team Canada in England. I hear it’s a little bit chillier in both of those locations, which is maybe why we haven’t seen any ALS Ice Bucket Challenges — hint hint, guys!
Check out the grounds at Normandy — looking windy, but ready for some horses and riders!
— Normandie2014 (@normandie2014) August 19, 2014
Canada did the switcheroo with USA today, as they galloped yesterday and flatted today, while our team did the reverse! Here’s a quick video of Jessica Phoenix and Pavarotti, aka Rotti, warming up on the flat before a lesson.
They also had a quick jog practice, which Selena O’Hanlon’s Woody thought was a great opportunity for some snuggles. And yes, that is Selena’s official WEG jog outfit, socks and all.
Drumroll please … Phillip speaks! Not one to be snapping iPhone pics wherever he goes, we’ve been waiting for updates from the Dutton camp, and now you have it.
— Phillip Dutton (@DuttonEventing) August 19, 2014
Sparky: “Whatever. Calm down, princess.”
Can you guess why these two horses are referred to as The Twinzies? William and Donner head out on a gallop earlier this morning.
What’s better than a rider’s-eye view of the Deer and the gallop track? Nothing I tell you, nothing! Video courtesy of Lynn Symansky.
Lynn seems to be having a blast in Chantilly, and we are all riding along with her! Go Lynn and Donner!!
It must actually be freezing in England; look at Gin & Juice all snuggled up in her winter clothes!
We’re with you, Frankie.
What do the grooms do when stranded in a gorgeous country with only one horse each to look after? Get dressed up and go out together, I suppose!
And as a last note, let’s not forget those brave souls who drove varying crazy distances to get to Richland Park for this week’s competition! An awesome photo from the front of the farm to finish the day: