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Words From The World Games: Jog Day

Le Pin-au-Haras, France—Aug. 27

It's 6:45 a.m. and today is Jog Day.

The week so far has been really about getting as comfortable with our surroundings and getting into a routine. The venue is actually quite rural and doesn't have a World Championship feel but yesterday as I was cantering in the arena with Ingrid Klimke and Michael Jung I knew this was "real.” 

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Le Pin-au-Haras, France—Aug. 27

It’s 6:45 a.m. and today is Jog Day.

The week so far has been really about getting as comfortable with our surroundings and getting into a routine. The venue is actually quite rural and doesn’t have a World Championship feel but yesterday as I was cantering in the arena with Ingrid Klimke and Michael Jung I knew this was “real.” 

Monday afternoon we learned if we were on the team or running as individuals. I got named as an individual. At first I was pretty gutted, given the horse’s record and soundness but I am the only one on the squad without “team experience” so I’m assuming that’s what made the final decision.

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We have six very strong horses and you could argue for or against any of them; at the end of the day it’s just a gamble. I got some pep talks from my teammates and woke up Tuesday with nothing on my mind but bringing home my personal best for my six-person team and Team USA. 

We have ring familiarization this morning as a team and then will head out to walk the course together around 10:15. The order of go will be determined after we get a look at the track. We drew the number 1 country in the order which personally I think is a good thing. The ground is going to be wet and this ensures we will get the best footing in what is going to be a cross-country dominated competition. After walking the course, David will determine the order of go for our team.

Trot up is at 3:00 p.m. in front of the main Stud, which is stunning. Let the games begin. Go Team USA! 

Sinead Halpin Equestrian

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