Friday afternoon

Caroline Whittle won the Intermediate Pair Pony class today

Caroline Whittle won the Intermediate Pair Pony class today

The rain stopped late morning, but the day stayed very cool and windy.  The wind is good for drying out the course for tomorrow’s marathon.  For those who drove their dressage tests this afternoon, the arena became very slippery, particularly at the halts where many slipped and looked more like reining horses than driving horses.  I think they probably had the same experience in the warm up ring and came into the real test hesitant about the halt. Again, there were a lot of scores in the 60s and 70s, but the judges did award a few in the 40s and 50s. 

I spent some time walking to some of the obstacles and have decided that my recommendation to those who will be attending the WEG is to bring a back-pack for all your stuff.  You’ll probably start off with a jacket or even rain gear, then there will be the camera, other miscellaneous items, and a bottle of water or two, and a snack so you won’t have to stand in the line for food.  A lot of the obstacles are set at the bottom of slopes to give everyone a decent view.  You might want to have a cushion or plastic to sit on if the ground is damp and you can’t find a seat in the bleachers.

Some of the four-in-hand drivers think the obstacles will be ‘running’ obstacles, in that they are more open because they are gated for Prelim and Intermediate, singles and pairs as well as the advanced four-in-hands of horses.  This will not be the case next year.

You can see the results of today’s dressage at www.drivingnews.us

Kelly Valdes and Blondy in the Intermediate Single Horse Class. Mud definately affected many drivers' scores

Kelly Valdes and Blondy in the Intermediate Single Horse Class. Mud definately affected many drivers' scores

Terry Tobias was one of five Intermediate Pair Horses

Terry Tobias was one of five Intermediate Pair Horses

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