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The WoSJ guest blogger from Paris Eiffel Jumping; Kay Neatham

Friday, 04 July 2014

I awoke this morning around 6.30 feeling not so bad, bad as in not tired or better said exhausted. Put the coffee machine on anyway, just in case at any moment that feeling would kick in and of course out of habit.

The trucks are parked in the military school in the middle of Paris. It's very quiet here, there is a medium size race track running around the parking, the buildings are all tall, solid – the type built centuries ago to last with cobble stones, everywhere is clean and well looked after. As I walk and look up the sky it is a beautiful blue and the promise of what should be, and if one believes the weather forecast, our only dry day! A short walk down the street - already full of cars, people, scooters and the hub of a major city about to come into full life.

The stables are in little tents of four horses or larger tents, more or less around the warm up. We, as in me and Stacy, Reed's groom, have a little tent for ourselves. My Paris ponies as I like to call them – seen as both have won at the Paris Hermes show – seem to, like me, feel good in this city. It brings out the best in us!!

Cornado and Sabrina were already getting on with their breakfast as Stacy had kindly fed them when she arrived earlier than me. I started to get Cornado ready for a bit of longing. He was fresh but in a good, happy way and I'm feeling a good weekend coming along. Kind of like that vibe!! I thought I needed to pass it along to Marcus, so sent him a few pictures of Corny longing with the Eifel Tower in the back ground. Also the stabling and warm up, as it's the first time the show is here, it’s good for him to get a visual of how it's all looking. He sent a thumbs up back so that's a fine start for us!!

Saby the same and then I walked her down to the main arena, and as I walked in I was busy looking at the military school – impressive building – and the statue of someone special, on an magnificent horse, by the end of the weekend I will find out who he is and what he did... Might be Joffe!!???

Then I turned around and that took my breath away, there it was the Eiffel Tower, an impressive sight that I wasn't expecting, it took a minute to sink in. An arena with the side open looking down on this and capturing a piece of Paris, the park in front of the Eiffel and beyond. Wow – this is something really special, I've been many places but that moment will stay with me for a while. I went back to the stable and started telling everyone, who also then went to take a look and take photos!! You'll see many this weekend on Facebook and Twitter or whatever one uses I'm sure...


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