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post #1 of 4 Old 10-10-2010, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Barn owner is back from the WEG, with stories!

The owner of the barn where I keep my boy has been gone for 10 days, stewarding at the World Equestrian Games!

Today there was a little meeting at our barn about some recent local incidents that involved stolen tack at other barns, but I couldn't attend. My mom did though, when I got there we were all in a little group and our barn owner was telling stories about her experience at the WEG.

She stewarded for dressage, and at one point in the warm up ring Anky Van Grunsven was standing in the middle with her small child. Apparently her child was stomping around building sand castles and kind of exciting the horses warming up, so my BO had to approach her and request for the safety of her child and the riders that she should remove her child from the ring, to which Anky first demanded to know who complained, then replied to my BO something along the lines of "Well maybe they should all have children, so they can understand!!"

And apparently the weather was so dry down there that there was barely anyplace to graze your horses, and the only grass that was good was the cross country course which was watered and maintained. The officials had to put up signs on the course saying not to uproot and steal the grass because people were taking it for their horses!

She told us all about living in trailers with no heating or cold water, yikes. But it still sounded like a lot of fun!

I just thought I'd share with you guys some stories I heard today that I found amusing.
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-10-2010, 08:20 PM
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Interesting stories.

Yes, we are very, horribly dry here right now and there is still no sign of rain. However, I was at the cross country event and never saw a sign saying not to take the grass? Interesting.

The whole thing was amazing. Even if you didn't go to the events - there was so much going on at the grounds for folks to see. We got to see Para Dressage, Cross Country Jumping & Vaulting. Then there was polocrosse, horse ball, cutting & reining demos, breed demos, tons of booths, the Alltech & Kentucky experience, etc. Simply amazing.

My only complaint was that they didn't have bottled water easily available. When it got really hot, that would have been nice.

All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!

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Interesting stories.

Yes, we are very, horribly dry here right now and there is still no sign of rain. However, I was at the cross country event and never saw a sign saying not to take the grass? Interesting.

The whole thing was amazing. Even if you didn't go to the events - there was so much going on at the grounds for folks to see. We got to see Para Dressage, Cross Country Jumping & Vaulting. Then there was polocrosse, horse ball, cutting & reining demos, breed demos, tons of booths, the Alltech & Kentucky experience, etc. Simply amazing.

My only complaint was that they didn't have bottled water easily available. When it got really hot, that would have been nice.
Hmm, well I heard that they were putting them around the course cause the grooms were stuffing their back packs with grass, I wasn't there though I wouldn't know.

I bet they would have raked in a fortune if they sold water bottles, I could imagine a lot of people would buy them!
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Oh, they sold them, $3 for a bottle! Soda was about $4!!! And only Pepsi and Sierra Mist, unless you went to the tack shop near the Breed Barn, where we found Dr. Pepper (and others) for only $1.75 ;) But yeah, not always easy to find some to buy, and the food choices were even worse! But, still, a ton of fun and awesome being there (I was performing at the Equine Village, next week I will have to post my story... at work so no time right now, and can't access my photos...)
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