August 5th, 2010
I am so so proud of WakeUp! He has grown up into a mature gentleman and I am very excited to show him to the world!
Yesterday he clocked out the jog like a total pro! While many horses were jumping around and trying to impress all their other 4 legged friends, WakeUp soon realized that there were mainly stallions around and was super for the jog! He looked stunning in Mrs. Fashion Queen’s (Debbie Davenport)browband. (I might be a little biased, but still… J)
I had the unique experience of doing the draw for the ride times! A representative from the Netherlands and I picked names and time slots for each competitor. It was cool to be locked in the conference room with the judges/stewards/managers and be a part of this important part of the competition!
After the jog, we were allowed to ride in the show ring for two hours. During this time, in the 20mX60m ring, there were always about twenty amazing horses floating around at any given time! Considering that it was raining, the ring was an invitation to spookiness and 80% were stallions, it could have been interesting! However, most of the horses seemed hot but, guided by super riders, doing their jobs! WakeUpwent into the ring like the pro! We did a ten minute ride because he was super supple, did his job, was fantastically relaxed and needed to know he was a good boy! I was so excited that Scott Hassler said he totally belonged and looked ready. This ten minute ride in the rain was so much fun… to be riding around with the likes of Eva Moeller, Susan Pape, Andreas Helgstrand, Ingrid Klimke, Jana Freud and so many more with WakeUp and being told I belonged was a total “cloud nine” feeling I won’t soon forget!!
Today was the day! We drew the last ride of the first group so were on at 10:04! Dr. Moeller and I decided to try to keep his energy as much as possible and after a super 20 minute warm-up we went into the stadium. As we trotted around the ring with flags, banners, about 700 onlookers, scoreboard, plants, etc, I waited for him to start getting nervous but was just thinking that this was SO STELLAR! I was going into a World Championship ring! My horse felt solid and we were really in the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RING! We had prepared for this, so many people had helped us and the moment was here. As these thoughts passed through my head I had to just smile and at the same moment I realized that my superstar horse, WakeUp, was totally with me! It was great to just say “Ok Wakey, here we go!” and just ride the test. I think the most nervous person in the area was Mama. J
The test was solid. We had a couple bobbles in the trot work: a little break in the rhythm of the second medium and an underdeveloped stretchy circle, but otherwise the test was super solid. His connection was very steady, the reinbackwas great and he never blinked at the electric atmosphere. (I think my black stallion may be turning into a regular showoff! J) We were rewarded with a final score of 7.82 with an 8.2 for walk and 8.5 for canter! This put us in 18thplace overall!
As we left the ring, (WakeUp just strutting out on long rein like he does this everyday) my family stood up and cheered like wild things. (Imagine twenty Jana Wagners screaming at the top of their lungs… yeah… that’s my family. ) They made black shirts with white letters saying “WakeUp + Emily”. It was super super super! I didn’t want to leave the ring.
I am very thrilled with how everything went. I could not have asked WakeUp to behave any better and I am just enjoying being part of this show and experience. Of course, I am competitive, and wanted to make it directly into the Grand Finale, but we have a second chance tomorrow (top 12 go directly to Grand finale and then top 3 from Small Finale join them for 15 total). We have to place top three tomorrow in the small finale to advance. It is a tall order but we are going to try!
I have to say, I have a world class cheering squad/support group! Dr. Moeller is a fantastic coach and Scott Hassler has an excellent eye for the final touches and details. My mother, my sister, Pat Reese, my family, Jennifer Keeler, Eva Moeller, Lena (Eva’s groom), everyone thinking positive thoughts for me, those sending me messages to wish me luck all make this experience so fantastic. Thank you!
Here’s to a fantastic today and a hopeful tomorrow!
August 5th, 2010