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The WoSJ guest blogger; Reed Kessler - Saving the best for last!!!

Monday, 15 April 2013

Clear in Grand Palais!!Today was an amazing day!!!!  O guess I was saving the best for last!!!We started this morning riding the two in the ring at 8- katie set an interesting line of rails on the ground. It was a very short one, easy one, medium one, long one, VERY long one- and I did it both directions on both horses to practice my control after going so fast on both. As it was set up, a couple other riders tried to do it as well but didn't realize that Katie likes to set things on ridiculous difficult distances for her students to make it hard and no one else could do it! Several tried- the funniest was Bosty! He kept trying to do it and chipping in two strides in the last one- several times! I love it over here, everyone has so much personality and really enjoys riding, even early in the morning on the last day :)

Goose was trying really hard in his 1.45 2 phase class- I had a very good time but had the last fence down! Kent however was great and finished 2nd on Blue Angel.After the small class, all the Americans gathered back at the barn for my manager Stacey Hall's birthday!!! I got her two amazing cakes from Angelina Bakery and a pair of earrings from Satellite. The cakes were abnormally delicious and they were devoured very quickly....At the warm-up.

After a quick nap at the hotel, I headed back to the show for the Grand Prix. I love walking from the Sofitel to the horse show with my music going, it reminds me of walking to school in Manhattan which I miss very much! We walked the Grand Prix and it was big enough and very careful at the end. More clears came as the class went on- I went last and jumped clear as the 14th to do so!


Stacey and Cylana.Finally this last day I felt like we had both adjusted to riding indoors again and Cylana couldn't have jumped better! I got to watch a fair amount go in the jumpoff- Rolf was leading when I left to get on, he was pretty quick and I knew what I had to do. While I was schooling Ludger took over the lead. We had basically the same track except he did one less stride back on the Hermes vertical- I finished 2 tenths behind him and it is probably one of my best results to date!! At the end the crowd went to wild I thought maybe I had won!!! It was such a fun class and I was so happy to have finally delivered in the most important class! I think we are definitely ready for Gothenburg and that it was a good birthday for Stacey :)

After the Grand Prix I had dinner with my parents at Buddha Bar after deciding to spend just one more night in Paris - I might have just a little more shopping to do tomorrow and then I take the train back to Nancy for a week at home training in Rosiers before the World Cup Final! As always it has been a pleasure!



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