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The WoSJ guest blogger from Paris Eiffel Jumping; Kay Neatham

Saturday, 05 July 2014

The forecast was for rain today, all day and thunder in the evening... It barely drizzled, so if this is a rainy day in Paris, I don't mind to have more rainy days! It's the 4th of July which is kind of big in America, barbecues and hamburgers, I'm told! To top the day off Germany get France at 6pm in the quarter finals, I am wearing my German team t- shirt just to be clear who I'm supporting, oh putting a target on my back, we'll see...

So the talk of the show is the new rule that comes into place this weekend about back boots being checked before going into the ring. Frances and her team of stewards did a great job in my opinion, here she has opened up the new rules by making a corner of the warm-up ring a place to go to. Like when we do boot check on the way out of the ring now. We could go there at any time before entering the ring, when we arrived on the warm-up, during warming up and to change or adjust the back boots at any time during warming up. Your name was checked on the list and you are not allowed to touch the boots again without going back in the box. This made it possible for everyone to fit it into their warming up routine easily and calmly. There may be changes to in force the rule more strictly later on, but like this it worked well with no danger to anyone or stress to the horse.

All my good vibes from the first day didn't quite wear off on the results today. Corny jumped the first class, over the fences he was amazing as always, but he was so excited and happy to be jumping that the rideablility was a bit away with the fairies between the fences!!! He'll need a little more concentration for tomorrow's Grand Prix.

It is not always so easy to organize the stabling perfectly for all our mares and stallions. Even though Stacey and I have our own little stable we still had to move walls around, so now Cylana is looking out the front of the tent enjoying all the action and Corny can't see her, so is unable to turn into a minor stalker and is therefore calm!!! We had a laugh over happy houses make happy horses and then happy riders... Of course happy horses in their happy houses makes us grooms happy too!!!

Saby was so relaxed and calm for her big class, she forgot a little that if she wants to go shopping on the Champ de Elysees, she might need to try to win a few pennies also, but as long as she's happy we'll take it. Tomorrow's another day!!


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