Marilyn Little was kind enough to chat with me after walking the cross-country course this afternoon following her dressage test with RF Demeter. As Marilyn said in the interview, she lost points along the way for little things here and there, and there’s no room for error at a big four-star competition like Les Etoiles de Pau. Demi was a bit spooky about the cameraman at B, and Marilyn said she should have taken more time to help the mare adjust to that, as it ultimately negatively affected several movements. She also trusted Demi a bit too much in the extended canter, and the mare changed early, so Marilyn is understandably a bit disappointed tonight. Chin up! Many thanks to Marilyn for chatting, and best of luck tomorrow on the cross country.
Update: I forgot to add that announcer extraordinaire John Kyle and his lovely fiancé Pippa Roome, who moonlights as the eventing editor of Horse & Hound, are also here at Pau this weekend. You’ll spot John toward the end of Marilyn’s interview when he pulls off an impressive photo bomb. Well done, John. Go eventing.