Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Part 2 of Family visit!

Here are the photos of the non horse activities from my family's visit.  I am very thankful for the opportunity to travel a bit and see Europe while I am here.  I hope to plan more small excursions on my days off.  For now, it's back to work!  The horses are doing well, although it is already getting chilly and the hours of daylight are dwindling.  I love the cool temperatures, but I'm worried about the fact that there will only be 7 or 8 hours of daylight everyday.  Denmark is far from Florida :) 

Advertising for the European Eventing Championships on the walking streets in Sweden.
Ocean looking across to Denmark.
Cool architecture in Sweden.  
Stumbled upon the XC course from the Championships! 
Copenhagen market. 
Found some horses, can't be away for too long.
Window reflection.
The pretty canal in Copenhagen.
 Nice to see blue skies!
 Artsy photo of an art exhibit.  
Toured the Carlsberg Brewery with Dad.
Number 2:
Pretty street. 
Street art.
More street art in progress. 

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Part 1 of Family visit!

I had a great visit with my family!  During the week, we traveled to local towns to look around and then ended their stay with a weekend in Copenhagen.  I will post photos of our non equine activities in the next post.  It was sad to see them go, but things at the barn are getting busier so there isn't much time to dwell.  

I was lucky enough to watch 3 days of competition at the European Championships in Herning.  As amazing as it was to watch the finished product from the grand stands, I had an equally great time watching the warm up.  It is interesting to see how the top riders access their horses gears.  It is also quite exciting to watch the grooms and pit crews in action.  The whole venue and atmosphere of the championships was infectious!! 

 View going into the arena.
 View from our seats for the Grand Prix. 

 Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro warming up.
 Ed Gal and Undercover getting ready to go in the arena.
 Watching the warm-up in person and the competition on a big screen.  I'm spoiled!
 Charlotte's crew moves in.
 Last minute words. 
 Like the outfit of the Dutch grooms!
 So awesome.  Teammates!
 Helen Langehanenberg and Damon Hill heading to the arena.  

 Playing with the babies.  
 Bob on the prowl! 
 Dino and I.