The Chronicle's coverage includes some great pictures. As usual. And that's a pretty good finish for the Miranda household- combined prize money of $240,000 for husband-and-wife checks from first and third place!
Well, that, but more so she needs it to stay in the frame for the international team. Katie Dinan is closing very fast.
She's done really well with her newer horses this circuit, as well as Katie Prudents young horses. I think she tends to try to save Cylana for when it really counts. I think Reed wants to win every time, but I think she sees past the WEF circuit. Take the nations cup for example. Her rounds were AMAZING and they meant much more than a big pot of money. I think she knows Cylana and knows that she's gotta look at the big picture. Not saying she doesn't give her all every time she goes in a class, but I believe she is more concerned with the bigger picture. This is what I can gather from her fb posts, twitter and performances at least.
It was fantastic in person! Even though we hadn't thought it would be so cold and froze ...it was fantastic! HUGE crowd and the people watching was superb too. We sat by the blue wall and held our breath when the horses circled before it to go over the Veuve Cliqout ...quite a turn but they all managed.
We walked across the ring and thru the tunnel just as Reed picked up her check for $15K...long brown hair flowing, youngful exurberance excited to get a check and when I said ' Congrats...she smiled and said thank you.
di Miranda, who is strikingly good looking, rode his VERY TALL and beautiful horse past us. Athina, a tall lovely woman rode by as well on a fabulous horse. How lovely to 'have it all'... the beautiful people. We could have reached out and touched them...
Walking back to our parking spot thru the barn area...it was sad to see the empty stalls and vendors packing to go on to the next venue. It is an exciting 12 weeks. There is still some H/J going on for the next 2 weeks.