Our run of good luck with the weather ended today. Have you seen the photo of Boyd Exell on www.hoefnet.com? He performed his dressage test in a downpour. By the end of the afternoon, previous rains, today’s rain, pedestrians, cars, and horses had turned the showgrounds into a slimy, muddy mess, with standing water in (multiple) spots. But, as A.J. said, one can hardly travel to England and not expect it to rain. We all still had fun!

Here are a few photos from the day:

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entries in the Disabled Riders Fancy Dress class are stables and clubs that provide therapeutic riding; each club makes its own costumes, for pony, rider(s), and walkers

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this club had, as you may have guessed, an American theme; their other two walkers were a football player and Abraham Lincoln

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English knights!

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this beautiful cottage faces the Thames and sits near the driven-dressage arena

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Laurie Astegiano was the first of two U.S. drivers to go; helping her with last-minute details before her test are (l. to r.) Todd Draheim, U.S. coach Michael Freund, Katie Whaley, and Misdee Wrigley Miller, who will drive her dressage test tomorrow morning

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CAA member Mia Allo, of Belgium, drove her four-in-hand team of ponies

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while warming up for his dressage test, Spanish driver Juan Antonio Real Garcia had a passenger sporting bright red boots (I’m guessing this must be his daughter)

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no matter the dress code for the members’ enclosure, VIP parties, or the Jubilee Pageant, wellies are always acceptable attire (the height of fashion, even) when there is this much mud everywhere

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these are my feet (warm and dry despite all the mud and standing water!); I’m sooooo glad we brought our wellies to England with us! (photo by A.J.)

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many of the participants in the Jubilee Pageant are also performing during the day at the horse show, showcasing their country’s horses, culture, dances, etc.; this group (obviously on a break) is from Kenya

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The Light Trade class was today as well, but I haven’t had a chance to sort through all those photos yet, so I’ll post them later! Tomorrow is the always-beautiful coaching marathon, and the weather forecasters are promising that the worst of the rain was today, so keep your fingers crossed.