For those of you who have never been to the Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky I have to tell you, it was always a beautiful place but it’s even more beautiful now due to the major improvements they’ve made just for the World Equestrian Games.
This was the first time in history that the United States was host country for it and equine athletes from all over the world were there. The games were made up of the world championships for eight equestrian sports. They’re held every four years, two years prior to the Olympics. It was no wonder it looked and felt like the Olympics I’d seen on TV! The eight discipline’s were/are: Dressage, Driving, Endurance, Eventing, Jumping, Para-Dressage (for the handicapped), Reining and Vaulting .
Opening Ceremonies were September 25th and Closing Ceremonies were October 10th. We, of course went for the Combined Driving Events and those were the last days of the Games.
We arrived late in the day Friday and even though it was getting dark we hurried, got the trailer parked and unhooked in our Primo Spot at the Fire Station and made a mad dash for the grounds. Why? Because the next day was the Marathon Phase and we wanted to walk the course before it got too dark to see and we totally wanted to walk the obstacles that the drivers were gonna have to navigate through during Saturday’s competition.
Ok, so this is not an obstacle on Marathon course but a jump on the Cross-country course. I had to take this picture to show you all how high and at what a fantastic angle the Cross-country riders had to get over. Amazing! It’s just like boating: Red on Right. So, Alex is standing where the horse would begin to launch over and then land on the opposite side.
Just too cool and NOT Just like boating.
This was taken on our trek out to the course. A rider tightening her cinch before her ride in the arena.
Warm up arena for the Jumping competition which was going on that very night.
At Obstacle One – “Kentucky Horses”. Each obstacle was laid out differently and each had a name that they had given it. There were quite a few drivers walking the various ones even that time of night, just studying to see how they were gonna take it the next day. Like the Cross-country section shown before, you have to keep red on your right and white on your left. It was fun to stand back and watch them concentrate and discuss it with their Navigator and Ballast, the two people who ride on the marathon vehicle with the driver. This was the one and only picture that turned out on the Marathon Course Friday night cause I was losing light fast…
…As evidenced here by this last shot I took as we were headed out…Headed for the Firehouse and a good nights sleep. I distinctly remember thinking…”I hope it’s not a busy night!”