I'm finally getting to post about this, because for some reason I haven't felt like putting things together... but it's better now, so here we go :)
As usual, Sunday was a gorgeous day - I'm kind of ocnvinced that someone in charge of this thing has made a deal with the devil. When I left around 10, it was cloudy and sort of cold, and all I could think was "please don't let it rain, please don't let it rain..." Driving to Columbus wasn't bad, it only sprinkled, so that was a good sign, and about an hour before the actual show was supposed to start, the sky started to clear up. By the time the bagpipers played the national anthem, it was sunny with a few fluffy clouds, and by the time the first horse came on course, we had bright blue skies with not a cloud to see. Spooky, eh?
I think I love this event so much because for $15 (plus Ticketmaster charges - bastards), you get to see people who just came back from the Olympics. In Columbus. At an event that benefits a domestic violence prevention organization. Yeah, I need to move closer to that :)
This is Todd Minikus, who ended up winning, with Pavarotti. Gorgeous horse, and a really entertaining ride. He's fast, but controlled... just a real pleasure to watch.
Beezie Madden is one of those Olympics people - I forget what she won, but she won something. This horse is a younger horse called Danny Boy, another beautiful horse, if a bit green - he got very excited at some points. I love watching this woman ride though, she's so calm and supportive, a really good example of the right way to do things :)
Margie Engle, another Olympic team member, with Hidden Creek's Pamina. I saw them last year too, I believe, and they were fun to watch, but something was off. Maybe just tired from other events, but they didn't make the jumpoff. Still great to watch though - the woman is pretty short to begin with, and looks even smalle on a large warmblood.
McClain Ward, another huge name in showjumping, with another mare by the name of Goldika. Have I mentioned that I love the fact that this is one of the few sports where men and women compete together? And usually the results are pretty evenly split. Also, on a random side note: there were three stallions in the field, all ridden by women. There's a bad joke in there somewhere, but I'll let y'all leave it in the comments for me ;) Anyways, back to ponies!
Laura Chapot with Church Road. I love this horse. I want to take him home with me - even though he'd probably kill me. He was just absolutely gorgeous.
And last, but not least, Hot Irish Guy. Otherwise known as Darragh Kerins, winner of last year's show, with Night Train. These two are crazy. Crazy wild, crazy fast, and incredibly entertaining to watch :) They made the jumpoff too, but got too slow all of a sudden... no idea what happened, but it looked like the horse was sick and tired of working and got a little obnoxious towards the end. Still a great ride though.
Why did I take pictures of everyone over the same jump? Because it was the one right in front of me, and it gave me the best pictures. The course is always really pretty though, and from a different seat, I could probably have taken good pictures of another jump. I just love going to this show.
Also saw Terri, who just got kicked off Project Runway last week or so. She got a little bit snotty at the end, but nowhere as bad as she-who-must-not-be-named, so I was glad to see that a couple of people came up to her and had her picture taken. Oh, and I admit this was more fun: Armadillo! So cute. I want one :)
By the way, does it annoy anyone that I don't cut pictures? Cause I could, I just like it better when I can see them without having to click through a cut :)