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The WoSJ guest blogger from the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final; Kay Neatham – Privileged and proud!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Hi everybody,

Sitting in my chair at the magically normal time of 5.45pm finished with work and discussing dinner plans with friends. Wow; it happens about never. In my line of life, job I think it is not really enough to explain what a groom is! This weekend my city of life is Stockholm... About 70 hrs ago I had just arrived home in Borken,Germany from Doha,Qatar! Changed horses but my clone didn't show up - how rude!!

It's that time of year again; the Top 10 Final. I am always very privileged and yes I think proud, that we can ride the final. It is special and one should never take for granted what's around the corner, to be in the top ten in our sport and able to start in the final is a huge accomplishment and thanks to Rolex a great tradition in celebrating hard work and achievement though out the year.

My day finished with parking the truck at 3am this morning and started with my 6.50am alarm... I don't think it's even possible to say I fell or rolled out of bed, defiantly my body got out and my soul and a large part of my brain stayed where any sane person would; in bed!! At 8am with the sight of an amazing breakfast and coffee in the hotel my other body parts started to get out of bed. I am sure by coffee 4 we'll be rejoined!!

I spent the morning longing and riding Copin and Kuche both were well travelled and fresh, which makes me happy and for a good start to the weekend.

The warm up is plenty big enough and we had fun exercising our top 10 ponies together. At one point one of the show program ladies asked if we minded if she lay her horse part of her warm up. Our horses all looked surprised and we wonder if ours would like to learn... A second career for the circus! I'm sure Marcus would love it, if I taught Copin that when you tap him on the shoulder, he bows to the audience!

All horses passed the vet check which was quiet and quick with more or less 30 horses. Nice! I was again then quickly tacking up Kuche for our allotted riding time in the ring. Kuche was fresh and a bit spooky but these days it's like spending time with an old friend – so no worries she'll be fine.

Quickly on to Copin, he is amazing and the longer we have him the more cool I find him, I honestly don't think I've ever gone into any ring in the world with him, where he hasn't just looked around and been like ‘arhh ok this is where I'll be performing this week...looks fine when do we start with the jumping...’. He's such a cool customer. The ring was smaller than I'd expected though...

Lunch and more random chatting with friends - then went back and spent time with my ponies, brushing, trimming manes, boxes, hand walking and dinner time. Good day!

My body is now telling me to lay down and not wake up till tomorrow, but the mind stepped up. 12hrs later and it's right...shower, normal clothes and off to get a train into town with friends for a good dinner and a beer!!


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