I’ve just looked at the weather forecast for the rest of the week and, thankfully, it looks lovely. Today, though, turned out to be much cooler and cloudier (which makes it feel even colder than the 55 degrees on the thermometer) than expected.

So while everyone was starting to arrive, settle horses in, and (for the FEI-level four-in-hand teams) taking lessons or warming up / practicing, it’s been really cold. While in the barns, I heard lots of “wow, I wish I’d brought my … ” extra fleece / long underwear / warm hats / etc. I was dressed for the office and not really for a day in the barn, and several people very kindly offered me jackets / horse blankets / warm chili. But enough of my woes (and the kindness of both friends and strangers).

Here are a couple of pictures from today:

the decorated entrance to the VIP / sponsors tent

the fancy new electronic scoreboard being set up by the dressage / cones arena

 Tomorrow (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. is the FEI jog. I’ll be posting some photos after that. Then all the FEI-level competitors do their dressage tests on Thursday, and the Prelim and Intermediate competitors go on Friday. Stay tuned!