I found some stats somewhere that said 15,000. I asked them about this and they said exactly what the OP said - they can get that on a pretty weekend when it doesn't rain! Otherwise much lower. So, how many of those 15,000 are reading this?! Are you going? Competing? Grooming? Spectating? Volunteering? SHOPPING!?
I'll be there all weekend. Spectating on Friday and volunteering on Saturday and Sunday. From what I heard the spectator parking will be at the racing barns and everyone will be bussed over.
I'll be there on Saturday, maybe parts of Friday and/or Sunday, but definitely all day on Saturday.
Parking at the racing barns will cut down on the potential for spending money, since it will be harder to schlep bulky items back to the car and then return to the event! Whew. But I do remember last year I had to get towed *into* the parking lot due to mud on xc day, so maybe they got tired of having to haul everyone in & out with the tractor?
I think I will be there Saturday
Hopefully, they will have figured out the bus thing this year- they were caught totally flatfooted last year (I think it was last year) when x-c was over and all these people wanted to leave and they had not a single bus ready and it took a while to get any of them there.
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.(Churchill)
I know we're still a little ways out but some good news...
We recorded a full inch of rain last night over 4 hours or so of soaking rain. As far as I know Fair Hill's courses received the same rain totals.
This is good news because we had gone 23 days without rain and this total combined with another 3/4's of an inch the day before has hopefully removed some of the sting from the ground. Maybe not a lot, but its something.
"Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries
I've been SO excited about Fair Hill since the day we got back from Jersey Fresh. haha. I am supposed to fly up on Tuesday evening. Several kinks have come up this week and I'm not sure how they'll play out yet... I'm supposed to be grooming for two riders (each with just one horse). One of my riders is considering Scratching and just waiting for Jersey next year as the horse is fairly new in the barn. My other rider, who I work for full time, got an interesting injury at the barn on Monday after Morven and isn't sure if she'll be able to ride. *sigh* Competing at this level is SO frustrating and unpredictable!!! lol
So I'm still not sure where I'll be next week. Sunday I would have told you I'll be there with 2 charges, now I'm not sure if I'll have any. I'm hoping that even if none of my horses can run I will still fill my seat on the plane and go up for the week to be with everyone and help Mike out. Worst case scenario I'll be here taking care of the barn again all week next week. I am going to be SO sad if I don't get to go!!!