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Louise Barraud: Great day at the office!

Sunday, 19 March 2023
CSI5* Saut Hermès 2023

New week, new show, and time to head for Paris! Paris is an exciting city, but the drive here is always stress for me with the traffic and the fear of getting lost so I left home early in order to drive into the city when the traffic was not too bad. I made it without getting lost this time! Yay!

It’s a girl's weekend, I have Iliana and Dzara with me. When I arrived, I unloaded my horses, gave them hay and water, luckily nice friends had already opened the shaving in my boxes so I could directly put them in. Then I unloaded the truck, gave the horses food and then went to park the truck. Once the horses had rested a bit and everything was organized, we went for a little stroll around the stable to enjoy the view as we were stretching our legs after the drive.

Friday was vet-check day and the riders could ride in the ring so it was an early morning, but once the horses had been ridden and vet-checked they rested a bit. On Friday, I only had Dzara jumping the big class at 4 PM so there was time to rest and take them for a walk and then time to get ready for the class. Dzara was great, unfortunately one down on the last fence … that’s the game. 

On Saturday, both horses were jumping, and both had a great day bringing home two ribbons and two of the beautiful orange Hermès blankets! The day started early in order to ride them in the ring but then they had time to rest and enjoy the amazing view we have here and finally get ready for action. Iliana won the 1.50m, she jumped really great so fingers are crossed for the Grand Prix today. And to finish the day, with the only late class of the weekend, Dzara jumped super and finished 3rd – so I think we can say it was a great day at the office!

- Louise - 

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