I have always found that after a major competition it is vital to wind down, have a great laugh with friends and family and just generally relax and kick back. That brings some balance back into life. All this familiar to all of you who compete. After the training, concentration and preparation for the Dressage Olympic Qualifier in Mannheim – plus the stress of a big event, especially travelling miles on autobahns (scary!), getting to the venue, settling Jaybee Alabaster and ourselves in new surroundings……. and then the build up to the ride………..we managed to find the best place ever to have fun.
We spent the day at KETTELER HOF kids fun park in Haltern am See. There are twelve acres of pure big kid (and little kid) heaven!
Here are some pics!
What are the ways you wind down after a comp? Leave a reply I would love to hear………….
Here are some pics from Mannheim. By the way don’t be fooled by the blue skies……..you need to add four inches of water to all the photos! It was pretty gross but we all survived! Well done to my amazing groom, Helen, in very difficult conditions.
loved the flags
The arena surface was beautiful to ride on, wet or dry.
Sorry there haven’t been too many updates from Mannheim but the wi-fi at the hotel is not working too well so this is coming to you by carrier pigeon! I’ve got some photos too but can’t get them through. Will post them when I can. Everyone is having the same problem.
Mannheim is a very big show. Over 5 hours of Grand Prix altogether. Trot up went well for the Aussies so we are all starting. Unfortunately there is no live TV stream but here is the link on my blog to the start list with riding times for the Aussie riders:
We have two selectors here, high performance manager and chef d’equip. We had another quick ride in the main arena at 6am this morning. Very glamorous sport this dressage! Do need some sleep soon. Then back to the hotel for breakfast and a bit of a rest then back to the show by 1.00pm to watch the start of the Grand Prix. Apparently it could be only the top 12 combinations to go through to the Grand Prix Special tomorrow. And there is no freestyle. Fingers crossed I have a good Grand Prix. All horses seem to be in form and all Aussie riders are in good spirits. Jaybee Alabaster is going well.
There is a huge market next door called the “Maimarket” that provides great shopping for
anything from house to farm equipment. Mind you I have not had much time to get around it!
Hi all! Here is the start list for all the Aussies in the Mannheim Olympic Qualifier today. I have given the times in Sydney time. It’s going to be a late night for you if you want to keep up with the results!
Spring is here. Tee-shirt weather at last! Feels good.
Yesterday was MAI DAY here in Germany. It is a public holiday. People set up fairs in all the little villages and spend the day bike riding and walking along the paths, having picnics or eating in the beer gardens around the area. They pull little wagons that are full of food and drink and really enjoy the day. It is a day to celebrate the good spring/summer weather that has started.
Helen and I decided to go to my favourite little village called Billerbeck. We spent alot of time there in 2007. It has a super “feel” to the place and the locals are just wonderful, warm and friendly. We took part in the fair, which has carnival rides, games, dodgem cars etc. We had a wonderful few hours
enjoying the lovely spring weather and the sun.
It is such a different place over here when the weather turns for the better. The trees are getting leaves and all the flowers are coming out. The sky is blue and clear. Not every day, but a lot more often now.
We leave for Mannheim tomorrow morning. I will ride Jaybee Alabaster before we load the truck and then set off for the 4 hour or so trek along the autobans. I think I am as ready as I can be for this first Olympic Qualifier. A bit of “good luck” never hurts though!