Friday, February 05 2010
So it is, that we are once again on our way to the President's Cup. Jeremy and Sir Smith left on Jan 28th. I drove them and the other USA horse SA Belshazaar (SP?) aka Zar as well.
We left at 1 am Thursday morning to get to LAX by 8 am. Zar had been with us for a couple of days so he made the trip down with us as his owners, Jeremy Olson and Ellen Rapp, are currently living in Qatar training endurance horses.
The horses both traveled well and made it, with a very tired Jeremy, to Amsterdam. The horses stayed at the horse hotel on the out skirts of Amsterdam. They had a 3 day wait there before they would ship to another airport some where in the NL to get on to a private charter with the other foreign horses to continue on to the UAE. It was snowing in Amsterdam so Jeremy could only ride them in the indoor arena. Poor Jeremy was all alone there with out any other US rider for company.
Jeremy flew to the UAE on Jan 31. The horses left the horse hotel on the 31st and stayed god knows where before they were to fly out on the 1st. Jeremy was waiting in the UAE for the horses arrival and came to find out that one of the foreign horses had bad paperwork and that delayed the whole load by a day and a half!! When Smitty did arrive he was very sucked up and extremely thirsty. He drank two five gallon buckets with ease. Bummer!! Jeremy had fluids run on both USA horses.
Smitty and Zar are doing great. They have both been ridden and have had blood work done and they look fine. Ellen and Jeremy R. are doing well too.
It is a bit odd but for some reason our horses are in Quarantine with the European horses this time. When the riders want to ride they are all supposed to go out as one group, that is all European horses and USA horses. They are all to agree on a pace, distance etc. As you can imagine that is not happening. Jeremy said that the quarantine supervisors that follow the riders have been yelling at the riders and the riders are "deaf" to it. Can you blame them?
Any how, I am on my lay over and I need to get going. I will try to keep this as current as possible.