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The WoSJ guest blogger; Reed Kessler - bye bye Dublin!

Monday, 12 August 2013

Goose coming out of the prize giving of the speed final.Well true to form, I was saving it for the last day! This morning didn't start out so great though- the shuttle driver almost rear ended someone and hit the brakes leading to scalding hot coffee being spilled all over me. I had to go change but the day got better after that!

After I rode everyone it was time for the speed final. It was a really fast class won by Shane Breen. I finished third with Goose and he jumped really well! Next up was the Grand Prix which looked big enough and long. It was a dramatic class with a couple of big spills but also in the end 10 clear rounds, exactly how many were brought back for the second round. Beezie and I went one after the other both clean and were the only two clean from the U.S. team. Cylana jumped beautifully and I was really happy with how she went. In the jumpoff I went 4th and tried to do a really really ambitious leave-out that maybe wasn't such a good plan. Oh well, no guts no glory! I finished 8th, Beezie finished 4th, and Cian won for Ireland on home ground which was really fun for the crowd.

All in all it was a great show Big mama out for a hack!- one of my favorites I've been to so far. The show itself is stunning with an amazing field, super footing, beautiful jumps, great atmosphere, and top sport. The city of Dublin is very cool and of course the parties were quite fun! I will definitely be back!

After the show was wrapped up I had a goodbye dinner with my parents. They fly back to the states tomorrow and I'll miss them! I'm not sure when they'll be back to visit me but hopefully soon :) I fly to Paris tomorrow, grab my car, then drive up to Valkenswaard where Wolf and Soraya show next week! Hope you enjoyed the blog this week!


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