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. 

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