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Many of us who’ve followed FEI-level driving for any number of years will, when hearing the name Lisa Stroud, still conjure up an image of a team of cute gray ponies.

But this time, Lisa’s competing for the U.S. with a team of big, flashy horses. Their dressage test was the very last one on this first day of dressage competition at the 2014 World Equestrian Games. And with a score of 56.10 penalty points, Lisa now stands in ninth place.

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After this first day of dressage, Misdee now stands in thirteenth place, and Gavin’s in sixteenth.

More tomorrow, including both Boyd Exell and Chester Weber!!

 

In preparation for the 2010 World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park, Australian driver Gavin Robson was based for a number of years in Ohio, and he became a familiar face to quite a few U.S. drivers. This year, Gavin’s Australian teammate, of course, is none other than the two-time defending World Champion, Boyd Exell.

Boyd will drive his dressage test tomorrow morning, but Gavin drove his this afternoon. We’re now at the mid-point of the afternoon session, and Gavin currently stands in eleventh place with a score of 62.36 penalty points.

After his test, Gavin said that his team is really young and still a little green. “For the two lead horses, this is the first time in competition with them in the lead, so I am really happy with them.”

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(Most of) the members of our CAA trip to the 2014 World Equestrian Games arrived in Paris on Tuesday morning. Then, after a welcome reception that evening, and after the jet lag had started to wear off, we boarded a bus, bright and early Wednesday morning, for our three-hour drive to Normandy … stopping for lunch in the beautiful little seaside town of Honfleur …

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In the afternoon, we enjoyed a really interesting hours-long tour of the Normandy beaches. Our guide’s amazing breadth and depth of knowledge about the D-Day invasions made the tour especially meaningful. We made a few stops along the way, including one at the American Cemetery, where we were able to explore on our own for a little while.

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At one end of the cemetery is this memorial …

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… at the center of which is a statue representing the youth and spirit of America, rising out of the waves …

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Our final stop was a brief visit to Omaha Beach …

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But, of course, what we’re really here to see is the Driving Championship at the World Equestrian Games … which began just a few short hours ago with the first of four sessions of driven dressage.

Former World Champion Ijsbrand Chardon was the very first to go this morning, and his test earned a score of 42.12 penalty points. He said afterward that he felt his test was the best he’d driven all year but that he was not very pleased with the score.

Currently standing in fifth place after the morning session is the U.S. driver Misdee Wrigley Miller, with a score of 58.05. After her test, she said she was “very, very excited” to be here at the World Equestrian Games. She said that she’d arrived in Europe in April with a slightly different team of horses, but that she fell in love with a particular (new) horse. So, she said, she’s spent the last few months reorganizing the horses in her team, and it all just fell into place in the last couple of weeks.

Through a comedy of errors that I won’t go into here, I didn’t get any photos of Misdee’s dressage test. But I will have my camera trained on the the other two U.S. dressage tests — Lisa Stroud this afternoon, and Chester Weber tomorrow afternoon — and on all three of them during Saturday’s marathon and Sunday’s cones competition. And, we hope, the awards ceremony!!

In the meantime, here’s a view of the leaders of a Spanish team as they trot up the center line …

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Here’s the final set of photos from this year’s CAA trip to the Royal Windsor Horse Show: views of some of the beautiful coaches, before and during their drive …

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And then it also occurred to me that I never posted the remaining photos from our CAA trip to the Royal Windsor Horse Show back in May.

First, here are a few of the various and lovely carriages on the British Driving Society’s pleasure drive through Windsor Home Park. In some of the photos, they’re gathering for the drive, and in others, they’re on their way, led as always by their host, Prince Philip.

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Bringing up the rear were these two. For those of you who may remember the old cartoons … Thelwell ponies!!

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It occurred to me to that I never posted any photos from the Sunday-morning pleasure drive at the CAA’s recent Carriage Festival at the Kentucky Horse Park.

So without further ado, here are a few drivers enjoying the beautiful morning …

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One of the most popular Saturday-evening classes at the CAA Carriage Festival, other than the Carriage Dogs, is the costume class. This year’s winner was this fantastically creative sea-creatures entry …

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I think the first one is the better photo, but in the second you can see the sea turtle’s head, on the pole of the carriage. The carriage wheels had starfish on them, and the ponies were dressed as sea horses.

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One of the show’s Canadian entries came into the arena as a Mountie, with her “mini moose.”

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Each year, Polly Petersen’s granddaughters design and create their costumes. At this year’s Festival, the two girls were ancient goddesses, their aunt, Ann, was Medusa, the carriage was a chariot, and the pony was Pegasus. I think.

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The next morning, on the presentation pleasure drive through the Kentucky Horse Park, the pony’s hooves were still a bit glittery.

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We were fortunate to enjoy a gorgeous morning on Sunday, and the Horse Park always makes for a spectacular backdrop. I’ll have more pleasure-drive photos to share next week!

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