Tuesday, September 14 2010
Above you will see Sam's dinner, now you can see where he gets his goofy side from:)
We have been keeping busy. This past weekend Jim Bryant came here again and trotted all of the horses. I think he was happy with the over all group.
On Saturday morning our group was asked to be the guest speakers for the annual Al Khamsa (SP?) convention. At the last minute the speaker that they originally had could not make it so we became the show. Their group was very nice. The club is based on having horses bloodlines that go back to Bedouin blood on all lines of their pedigree, or so I understood it, sorry if I have it wrong.
After our speech about the WEG endurance team we headed out and had brunch at Cracker Barrel. After we were all fed we headed over to Spy Coast.
Spy Coast is a hunter jumper barn. It is a stunning facility. The barn was immaculate, airy and state of the art. We all admired the barn. Spy Coast arranged for the USA team to park our trailers on their property which is great, as it will be the closest possible place for us to park next to the crew area for ride day. We were also able to view the crew lay out from their property.
While we were there we saw Ivanhoe, Michelle Roush's mount. Spy Coast is the proud owner of this mare.
On Sunday we were all doing drills with the horses so that they were prepared for any loud or surprising things going past them on ride day. That was fun, Sam thought it was a good time, running past his friends.
After the drills we headed out for a ride, practicing bottle hand offs and bucket brigade when we returned.
In the late afternoon we went to the Al Khamsa's annual barn tour and dinner. This was held at Nancy Bliss's place. We saw 13 Al Khamsa horses. It was a fun evening and we couldn't have asked for a more gracious host.
Yesterday was the riders day off. We all headed off to the Horse Park to see the "Gift of the Desert" Arabian exhibit. It was really great, there were things in there that were so ancient. I liked one decorative plaque that was over 4500 years old and it looked almost new, the colors were so vibrant.
We also went to Vonita's office at the USEF building. We saw the desk that moves our paperwork! I finally met Shirley Kostka who is Vonita's stunt double when she is away.
On the way back to the barn Lindsay, Suzy, Chris and I went to Sam's Club to get some WEG apparel. Another day down.
We only have to wait until this Friday until we know where we stand as far as being a rider or a crew member.