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The WoSJ guest blogger from Paris Eiffel Jumping; Kay Neatham

Monday, 07 July 2014

As I sit here on a trunk near to Sabrina, she's a little restless as we are leaving our favorite city. I'm chatting with her and trying to think back over the last two days, it's just before 1am and I've been awake about 18hrs, am I comfortable? I've definetly had worse spots in the last 20 years of traveling all over the world with my best friends.

I think Corny and Saby read my blog too on Friday, my thoughts on their first day performances seemed to pull their socks up for Saturday.

After having a splendid time at the fair with Reed and Mimi the night before, my alarm was a little un-welcoming, but the day can only begin by getting out if bed!

I jogged Saby around on the lunge, she looked super and relaxed. Corny went for a handwalk still a tad fresh and trying to stomp he's authority on the Paris ground... Sent Marcus a message of his start numbers for the classes and that all was well, just maybe Corny was gonna need plenty of exercise before the Grand Prix. Another thumbs up from the boss and I'm off to find...yeah you guessed correctly: Coffee!

Sabrina jumped really good and we were super happy with her and her 2nd place. She also set the mood for the Grand Prix. Judith (Saby's owner) wrote me a message to say 'that Sabrina could now go to the Champs de Elysees for shopping!' I replayed that 'she'd probably spend every penny!'

Corny had a long but good flat session with Marcus, got a shower and a little relax before I started to plait him for the real reason we came to Paris, the Grand Prix. The class was looking tough as Reed went, she had a super first round with Cylana. Now it was up to Corn' – if I'm honest I would say he was naughty and napped twice at the gate, although as always the jumping was magic, thx to Marcus's genius riding clear round, phew! Marcus adjusted the bridle for round two, I was really nervous as I wanted so badly for Corn' to behave.. Magic and magnificent clear again!

A quick pee for Corny and back for the jump-off. Marcus did all he could going first and as the rest battled it out for the win. Marcus who was watching while I hung out with Cornado in the box kept giving me up-dates; so happy when he said we're on the podium. Huge congratulations to Kevin, Silvana and Laurence also for Pius and his team. I was so relieved and proud as Cornado got his first podium place at a Global. 3rd will do me – we'll take it!!!

When I returned from doping Stacy had got a load of beer and we all had a drink and toasted a good day. Marcus and I took a long time de briefing today; but there was a lot to be learnt and happy about.

Sunday morning was slow to get going, I handwalked my true Paris ponies between rain showers, packed a bit and started to turn my thoughts towards the Gucci Grand Prix. Alone the word Gucci should be inspiration enough for Sabrina to do well.

Again Reed went first with an awesome clear round, I am so happy for her because she is such a hard worker and an outstanding person. I had a good feeling about today and Saby warmed up super, but that was an exceptional round so perfect, very shiny – happy!!

Jump-off: Reed had a great round, it's not so easy to go early and Maikel's Sapphire is so fast, he said coming out of the ring 'I'm not sure it's quite enough' – on this day sorry 'no' – Sabrina was at her very best! Wow that was a Sabrina special, it doesn't get much more perfect than that!!!

It's getting a little cooler now we're well outside of Paris, I will move from my trunk, put blankets on my ponies and have a little sleep... Thank you to all who made another special weekend to remember! We'll see if in 10 yrs I'm still traveling with my best friends round the world...

Kay

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