Sidetracked by show jumping at the Kentucky Horse Park

The Kentucky Horse Park had it all going on Wednesday afternoon.

It was hard to choose between the mayhem that was the cross country schooling held to benefit the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation which was very well-attended, more on that later, or to watch some of the very best show-jumpers in the country work out the kinks before the Olympic Observation Trials begin here on Friday. Personally, it was made even more difficult by two rather bolshy children, so I’m sad to say I didn’t get to see nearly as much of either as I would have liked!

(Top Photo: Olympic Gold medalists: Laura Kraut and Cedric cruising in the warm-up class)


Beezie Madden, practically a legend!


I interviewed Ashlee Bond in the lead up to the 2010 WEG when she was wearing her hair in a long blonde pony tail, much to George Morris’ despair, and taking the European circuit by storm. As well as a wonderful rider she’s great fun to talk to, very gracious, and everything you’d hope she’d be if you follow her on twitter which I highly recommend. Also, even though she spent this past winter in Wellington, there’s no mistaking her cool West Coast Style, even if she has adopted a hairnet, I especially admired her coat, after I’d admired her horse and her riding style of course!

If you’re not lucky enough to be able to catch all the action ringside, you can watch the Trials live thanks as always to the USEF. Go Jumpers and Go Eventing!

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