We woke up at 4am this morning. While Jeff roused the kids out of their cozy beds, I ran down to the barn to get Gus ready. We were loaded and on the road by 4:30am.
The trip was an interesting one. The mountains in West Virginia were covered with snow. There had to be at least 3 feet of snow in the Beckley area. Luckily, the crews had the roads cleared, but they were still salting as we drove through. We drove through rain, snow, and more rain before we reached the green grass of Virginia. It was actually pretty nice weather here all day. Our stalls are indoors, which is WAAAAAY better than I expected. Our stall is next to a heated indoor restroom…..also fantastic!
I took Gus out for a hack to check out layout of the park. There are many arenas for warmup, a huge indoor coliseum (where we will do stadium), several dressage rings for competition, and a nice outdoor arena with a roof. It is a beautiful facility sort of tucked into the hills.
I spent the next 2 hours gettting Gus cleaned up and braided for our first jog. We were officially “accepted” and allowed to compete tomorrow.
I tacked Gus up again so that I could take a dressage lesson with Elissa before we ended for the day. He was great, and I think she thinks he is very competitive if he shows up relaxed tomorrow. We’ll see!
We are thoroughly exhausted, and we got back to the hotel at about 8:30pm—which gave Wade about an hour to jump from bed to bed before we shut him down for the night.
Tomorrow I ride at 11:02am. My division is filled with awesome horses and riders from all over the place. I get to compete against Boyd Martin on 3 different horses, Jennie Brannigan, and so many more. Emily Beshear is stabled across the aisle from me, and it has been great to catch up with her about Jaclyn and Rhyland.
Tomorrow will come quickly…..time for bed.