August 1, 2012 -- We're finally here!!!
After doing our last jumping school with Cylana on Monday, we just had a light day on Tuesday before the horses shipped. The team flew from Amsterdam to London City where we all crammed into 2 small cars with a lot of luggage! Rich and I had our legs up by our heads with bags under us. Rich, Charlie, Beezie, and I were all crammed in the backseat and the trunk was packed to the roof with bags. I wanted to take a picture but couldn't get my arms free it was so tight!!
We drove right past the venue on our way to our hotel- definitely an Olympic atmosphere! We had a security meeting to get all filled in on procedure and picked up all our bags of apparel and other goodies.
Lizzie gave us our Olympic buttons for our red coats and a patch for our navy blazer. Then we went to dinner. Tim suffered the traffic to meet me, Beezie, John, Mclain, Lauren, and Charlie for dinner at a Mexican restaurant around the corner. It was really really good--it's been a while since I had Mexican!
This morning we went to accreditation first thing to get all our badges, then we made our way to a press conference near the Queen's House. After that we went to USA House and spoke some more with Melanie Taylor.
And finally we then got to see the ring!!! It is so beautiful and the stands are huge. The facility is fantastic with lots of different warm up areas, lunging areas, etc. The barns were great too--very safe with a lot of attention to detail. We settled in next to our dressage team and waited for the arrival of the horses.
The horses shipped overnight and made great time to get in at about noon. Everyone appeared to have shipped well. Cylana got fluids beforehand and she came off the truck looking ready to hit the cross country course! She was fresh and ready to go.
The grooms went to get accreditation so I stayed with Bertha until Tracey got back.
After a few hours to nap in her stall, I rode her at about 3:00. I just walked and trotted lightly since they had a pretty big trip.
She felt great and the rest of the team looked good as well. I came back to the hotel and had a nice workout. I'm heading back to the show in 30 minutes to do a practice jog with the rest of the team.