North Americans Begin European Training in Earnest

Photo courtesy of Meghan O'Donoghue Eventing FB.

Photo courtesy of Meghan O’Donoghue Eventing FB.

Team USA has arrived, unpacked and settled into WEG headquarters for the near future in Chantilly. They have a precious few more days before the Games begin next week, and they are keeping everything and everyone moving smoothly while making a few last-minute improvements.

Meghan O’Donoghue and Pirate are hanging out with Team USA before  WEG as they prepare for their first Burghley together directly afterwards. “Team USA is all settled in @ this beautiful farm in Chantilly. Pirate handled the trip really well and we are ready to start training tomorrow. Thx again to everyone that is making this possible!”


Photo courtesy of Meg Kep.

Photo courtesy of Meg Kep.

Most of the riders had a good flat school today with Coach David O’Connor, warming up their post-flight muscles and getting down to the nitty gritty.

Photo courtesy of Meghan O'Donoghue.

Photo courtesy of Meghan O’Donoghue.


Most importantly though, everyone should know that Team USA has now taken on a new mascot, and her name is Scha Scha and she desperately wants to get in the car and hang out with the ladies.

(videos courtesy of Hannah Sue)


Don’t worry about Team Canada, because while they may not have an awesome fat bulldog, they do have Clayton Fredericks to keep them entertained. They know how to keep their Coach on his tip-toes and have devised a special sort of workout just for him! Step one: Get your four-wheeler stuck somewhere.


Step two: photobombs?

Photo via the Phoenix Equestrian Team FB.

Photo via the Phoenix Equestrian Team FB.


Actually, Team Canada seems to be having almost a little too much fun at Maizey Manor, despite the cold and drizzly weather. Can we just take a moment to talk about this gallop hill? I think this is what my dreams are made of.

Jessica Phoenix & Peter Barry gallop up the hill. Photo via Phoenix Equestrian Team FB.

Jessica Phoenix and Peter Barry gallop up the hill. Photo via Phoenix Equestrian Team FB.


Love me some Team Canada gallop videos!


Photo courtesy of Lisbeth Storandt.

Photo courtesy of Lisbeth Storandt.

The view ain’t too bad from the groom’s quarters in Chantilly, though; I gotta tell you that I can’t decide who deserves more of my jealousy.


Photo courtesy of Kathleen Blauth-Murray.

Photo courtesy of Kathleen Blauth-Murray.

Buck likes to re-live his childhood jockey days, but this time he’s riding a CCI4* event horse, and he’s in France at the Chantilly Racecourse.


Photo by Caroline Martin.

Photo by Caroline Martin.

And to top it all off, I literally do not know how this photo went unnoticed, but everybody should enjoy Buck wearing a tiara.

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