Jaybee Alabaster went great in the horse inspection at 7.00am this morning. Patrik Kittel did the trot-up with Alabaster as my knee is better, but doesn’t like twisting too much. Had a ride in the main arena till 8.30am. All the horses went into the arena familarisation at the same time, so a lot of horses all going together. Alabaster a little afraid of that, but I gave him time and he went well.
This afternoon, another little walk under saddle and the Grand Prix draw. Can’t wait to find out when I am riding tomorrow. It’s lovely and cool in the stable area and out of the the weather as we are inside a gigantic hall. Once you start heading towards the main warm up arenas throughout the adjoining halls, it gets warmer and warmer and warmer. The whole place is heated. In the main arena it was warm enough to ride in a t-shirt only. I didn’t take my jumper off though.
Alabaster has settled in really well. Not too many people around today, but it is getting busier. Tomorrow will a be crowd like Sydney Royal on Good friday. It is amazing and exciting to watch the worlds’ best trainers and riders and horses. It has been really lovely to catch up with people I haven’t seen since the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. It is a wonderful yet so relaxed atmosphere around the stables and training sessions.
Excitement is mounting! Just love this atmosphere…..