Before I share, though, I want to update...I have decided not to go to the show in person nor am I going to pay for the live stream. What it pretty much boils down to is time...and money. I've known it was going to be in Vegas for several months and had plenty of time to make arrangements, but I pretty much decided I wasn't going to go back when the trip was still affordable. It wasn't until the show was almost here and I got caught up in the excitement that I really wanted to go. Unfortunately I didn't plan well enough and now it's not a realistic idea to want to go. It's nobody's fault but my own and while I'm bummed to not be going and miss out on the chance to see Beezie Madden ride, I know it's the right decision. I would only be able to see one of the 3 phases of jumping and since I don't know which one Beezie is riding in, there's no guarantee I'd even get to see her compete.
So that should leave me with the live stream, right? I could watch both Dressage and Show Jumping with FEI TV...and $80. Well, $45 if I wanted access for just a month, but why not pay the extra $35 for an entire year? However, I don't think the cost is worth watching on a 7" tablet screen. The cheapest is $26.99 for 24 hours' access, but how to choose which 24 hour block? And I can't watch it while I'm asleep so that's a waste there, too.
Anyway, so on to the pictures. Most of them are from Chronicle of the Horse and some are from John Madden Sales. One is from the Las Vegas Sun. I wish they'd done a piece on the US teams like they had the European, but what can you do?
|Packing up the plane|
|McLain Ward's horse Rothchild and Beezie Madden's Simon|
|Landing in Vegas|
|Unloading...looks like the US horses didn't get custom stalls like the Europeans|
|Champion Dressage rider gives an interview outside the Thomas & Mack Center|
|Beezie Madden trots Simon out for his pre-show vet check. He passed. In fact, all the horses passed. Yay!|