FridayI’m not gonna lie, Friday morning was a wee bit rough…. A brief stop for some snacks and caffeine was in order, then we headed to the horse park. We planned to buy dressage tickets on site that day, and lucked into some good seats super cheap being sold by an individual on our way in – score! We made a few stops by various booths for freebies (one of my personal favorites from the trip, a teal hat from Bliss of London), and then settled in to watch some fancy prancing.
|Thanks for everyone who tagged me in their FB giveaway!|
|This shirt was also very popular.|
|View from our seats!|
Over the lunch break we shopped some more, then dragged all our purchase back to the stadium to watch the afternoon rides. We had signed up for a course walk directly after stadium, and it occurred to us belatedly that we probably didn’t want to be dragging all our purchases around the 4 mile cross country course, so Karen and I headed back to the car to drop them off while the last few horses showed, then met Aimee back in front of the stadium. On our way back over, Allison and Arthur were leaving their retirement ride, and we stopped at one of the gates to watch them ride by -- inadvertently bumping into Boyd Martin (in the literal sense of the word). Not being up on my eventers, I didn't recognize him, and thankfully Karen didn't tell me who he was until later.... oops!
|Approximately 2 seconds before bumping into Boyd.|
We initially planned to do the SmartPak course walk with Boyd, but then switched to the Kent Feed course walk with Jimmy Wofford so we could hang out with Renate and her friends (who we unceremoniously adopted as our favorite Canadian contingent). By this time the temps had risen and we were basically baking in the heat – the course walk ended up being a bit of a let down as it was too hot for Jimmy (or the rest of us really) to do a lot of walking, so he was mostly just talking over a loudspeaker (which was not always the easiest to hear/understand). By this point we were all a bit fried, so we ended up ducking out and walking around the course a little on our own before heading out for the night.
|Got in my daily quota of horse smooches though!|
|Shenanigans including a Dubarry vs. Fauxbarry showdown (the Dubarry is clearly superior, but I was pretty happy with how my <$100 knockoffs held up for most of the weekend!)|
SaturdayOvernight Saturday, a huge storm rolled into Louisville – the downpour and thunder woke Aimee and me up in the middle of the night, and things hadn’t improved that much by morning. Driving out to the barn we passed a ton of downed limbs – we found out later an EF1 tornado had rolled through the area…. Yikes! We dressed for the weather forecast in Lexington (hot and humid with basically no chance of rain), so we ended up rather bedraggled and sopping wet in our shorts and tank tops. The raincoat I borrowed from my mom for the trip was more water-resistant than waterproof, and the water ended up soaking through it. Luckily the drive to Lexington gave us time to dry out, and the coffee we stopped for helped warm us up (even if I inadvertently attempted to get some of my caffeine via osmosis and ended up wearing some of it, lol). The weather put us a bit behind schedule, and Saturday the horse park was PACKED – we parked wayyyyyyy out in the back, and had a bit of a trek to hit the closest jumps to us – the Hollow.
|The sky in Louisville Saturday morning.|
|We found an outrider willing to take a selfie with us!|
|The view from our side of the Hollow.|
|The weather forecast for Lexington was wrong incidentally -- we did get rained on a bit! Not too bad though.|
|Most of these amazing shots are courtesy of Aimee's magical iphone. My Android was not up to the task.|
|One boot did get a little damp when fully submerged in water for an extended period of time... haha.|
|Karen, Jen, Renate, me, and Aimee!|
|Street Sense's halter and racing pics.|
Finally it was time to head back to Louisville for the last time (for me anyway, Karen and Aimee still had 2 more days of fun without me!). I sorted through all my purchases and attempted to get a head start on packing so I could hit the road early Sunday AM.
|Midway had a super cute downtown strip to walk! Lots of neat stores.|
SundayWhile everyone else was enjoying stadium, I was making my drive back to Missouri. My Rolex trip was fairly spontaneous, so stadium seats were sold out when I bought my passes, and I didn’t want to buy off a scalper and not be able to sit with people I knew. It worked out better that way because then I could go home early enough to spend some time with DH, who was so fabulous about holding down the fort and sending me photo updates of the critters. It was a miserable, long, rainy drive with lots of flash flood warnings and flooded areas along the roads, but I finally made it home in plenty of time to curl up on the couch for dachshund snuggles with my favorite new Plaid Horse sweatshirt.
|You can barely see the sweatshirt because I'm covered in dachshunds, but it's legit the most comfy thing on the planet. I would live in it if I could.|
Oh, you want to know about what I bought? I'll save that for another post......