If there were even the tiniest doubts about why Meghan O’Donoghue and Pirate deserved the Mrs Jacqueline Mars travel grant that enabled them to travel over to England to compete in the Fidelity Blenheim Palace CCI*** this weekend, then surely her performance, both on and off her horse has firmly dispelled them all. Squeezing out every mark possible by riding coolly and accurately in the dressage, and then breezing around the cross country Saturday with flair Meghan has marked herself out a real American talent to be reckoned with in the future. We caught up briefly on Sunday morning to chat about her great ride yesterday before she got ready for that all-important final phase.
Many thanks to Meghan for chatting, and wishing her and all the North Americans of course, the very best of luck in the show-jumping later this afternoon. On a side note, it’s absolutely freezing and we’re expecting driving wind and rain to come, hopefully right after the final phase has finished! It’s sad to see all the US kit being packed up ready to get shipped back home, and for the squad to once again go their separate ways as soon as the competition is over. It’s been such a fun week and the morale in the US/Canada aisle has been terrific. Props to all the grooms, families and supporters who have done such a great job as always all week, and thank you for reading. Go Team North America at Blenheim!