That was again a funny evening spent at the barbecue with a few Dutch riders. Especially interesting and amusing were some stories told by Piet Reijmakers from the „good old days“! But as the first beats came out of the speakers, we decided it was time for us to go to bed (I've heard from an insider that the party was good and long).
We started the last day of competition with yet another placing and one more ribbon for our collection. Quite a good motivation when the Grand Prix is still to come! Unfortunately, we also had to witness an unpleasant part of our sport seeing the Belgian rider, Frederick Cattebeeke, crash into the first fence resulting in a broken ankle :(( We wish him a speedy recovery!
Otherwise, the day went along calmly, packing in between the classes all what we didn't need anymore.
And than it came, the Grand Prix Leudelange with Quiara making her first ever international GP appereance. I could barely hold the videocamera, tried hard that my hands didn't shake too much so you could still see something on the video. How more the course was coming to the end, all the difficult parts solved and just a few fences away from the jump-off, my heart started beatting at full speed! Yes, the first clear round of the competition and me almost having a heart-attack...I think my nervs are slowly getting too old for such pressure. I shouted out loud, jumped in the air, ran in a circle – in the inside of me of course – it would have been unprofessionaly otherwise, you know!!!
With a bit of pressure being the first one to go into the jump-off, she finnished with two faults, good enough for the 8th place. From the organisers point of view it was more than perfect, with Christian Weier, a Luxembourger, having won the GP!
Once again it was a pleasure to have had such a nice show here. The horses jumped really well, the weather was good and we had a pleasant time; what more can you wish from a show!!
The lorry is rolling down the german highway, the horses probably snoozing in the back and in a couple of hours we are back home...
It made a lot of fun for me personaly to write these blogs and I hope you enjoyed reading it :))