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Emma Ford

October 2, 2010

Dressage Day Completed

It is Friday night, and I am sitting at the barn alone contemplating the last two days. 

I would be lying if I said I wasn't disappointed in Woodburn's test today. Phillip is a very competitive person, so he is very hard on himself when things don't quite go as planned. Woodburn warmed up beautifully, and I thought we might be able to pull off  our own best score. 

September 29, 2010

Phase 1 Done

By the time you guys read this, you will already know the regrettable news that Kim was unable to jog Paddy. He developed cellulitus, and even though the team worked hard to try and resolve the situation under the FEI Drug rules, it was in Paddy’s best interest not to be presented.

September 28, 2010

A Typical Kentucky Day

So Monday was a wet one! Horses haven't worn blankets in months and Woodburn is now in three! The water bucket heaters came out from the cobwebs, and horses got hot baths. It reminds me of England, and I prefer it to 100-degree weather. 

Woodburn is starting to settle into his work. Phillip had a lesson with Oded yesterday and then took him on a hack down to the arenas. At these world competitions all countries from different disciplines are fighting for various arena times, so it can be very difficult for riders to work their horses when it is ideal for them. 

September 26, 2010

Settled In

I’m glad to say the horses had a better trip than some of the riders!

After two hours of sleep we left Georgia, and the flies, in a three-trailer caravan with vet Brendan Furlong following close behind.

We arrived at the Kentucky Horse Park around 8.30 a.m. After various security checks the horses were unloaded and in their stalls by 9:15. Dougie Hannum had done the most amazing job of preparing our barn. He repainted all our stalls with flags, banners and trunks galore, so no one can miss the Americans when they pass.

September 25, 2010

Long Day, Early Start

So it is 9 p.m. on Friday night, and I have just finished packing my own clothes, knowing that the alarm is going to go off at midnight.  

Max (Corcoran) has kindly lent me her computer to send out this quick update. Unfortunately, pictures will have to wait until the next one, but some will be worth waiting for!

September 20, 2010

One Week To Go

So this time next week, the team riders hope to be settled in Lexington, Ky. I try not to think about that too much.

Every day I just look after the boys to the best of my ability, hoping that I can maintain the bubble wrap for the next few days.

September 15, 2010

One Step Closer

First I have to apologize for lack of blogging, I have had to go to McDonalds of all places to find Wi-Fi! That’s not going to help any diet plans if this has to be my regular haunt for the next two weeks!

So the AECs have come and gone, all way too fast. We arrived Wednesday at Chattahoochee, and the changes, which have taken place since May, when I was last there, are unbelievable.

September 6, 2010

Perfect Weather To Gallop!

An early start at the barn on Saturday was needed to ship horses to North East, Md. We took the boys for their last gallop before the mandatory outing to Michael Dickinson's. WOW! is the word that comes to mind. I have never been to his property, and it is truly breathtaking. The farm is actually up for sale due to Michael and his wife deciding to follow other paths in life. 

September 1, 2010

An Excellent Trip To Richland

What a great event!.... Having never been to Richland Park in Michigan, I was really impressed with this event. It was horse, rider and spectator friendly. For an area which would not be seen as “horsey,” this event incorporated something for everyone, which could be noted by the number of locals who attended daily to watch. 

The True Prospect team did the trip in 11 hours and all horses arrived safe and happy. With Kelley as my right-hand girl, we got the 12 horses settled in in a timely fashion.

August 27, 2010

A Few Days At Culpeper For Team Dutton

So it's 34 days and counting. True Prospect is busy most of the time, but with five horses short listed for the WEG, life is getting a little more stressful. Everybody is aware of the importance of not missing the slightest change in one of the "big boys" attitude, well being, eating habits and the list goes on.  

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