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The WoSJ guest blogger; Reed Kessler - super excited to be here

Wednesday, 07 August 2013

Off to Dublin!Hello World of Show Jumping fans! I'm very happy to be back as the guest blogger for this week's show here in Dublin! I'm super excited to be here as everyone has told me it is one of their favorite shows ever AND my mom is almost entirely Irish on her side of the family so it is cool to see where we came from!

We had a good show last week in Hickstead as the U.S. team finished 2nd in the nations cup behind Germany. I jumped a clean first round and Beezie was amazing as usual turning in a beautiful double clear with Cortes. I had a silly rail at the triple bar in the grand prix and then had the next jump related after which was a shame because there were so few clean and she jumped beautifully until then. Big congrats to Ben, Sophie, and Daley for the win! I can't forget to mention Goose who was also really good in all the speeds and was 3rd the first day.

I did not have so much luck at the hotel last week and the train station was attached to the lobby so I went into London a lot- specifically Mr. Chow! When I went to school in New York, my friends and I would always start a big night out with dinner at Phillipe's/Mr. Chow on the upper east side. So I decided to have an adventure and go to the one in London which was just as good. I ate there 3 times in one week - by the end of the show all of the staff knew me and what I was going to order...

Day off with Gatsby!My parents and I flew to Dublin Monday and I spent the day at their hotel, the Four Seasons. The rider's hotel is nice but I definitely enjoyed their hotel! Room service, a facial, and the really nice gym made for a nice day off! The horses arrived safe and sound that night.

Yesterday after breakfast with Lizzie and Beezie we headed to the show to ride. All of my horses were quite fresh as it is a bit chilly here in Dublin! But everyone felt good and made the trip well. After the best fish 'n' chips I've ever had at the Four Seasons, we headed back for the jog. The U.S. team went last and everyone finished up early! After a good gym session, I met up with my parents and Robin Parsky who owns Blue Angel for Kent Farrington at a really good restaurant next to the American Embassy. So far I'm really enjoying Dublin! Soraya shows tomorrow in the speed and Cylana does the GP qualifier!

Wish us luck! xx


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