Usually at the beginning of the year I'm pretty excited about getting back out in competitions on my horses. This year was no different, with the notable exception that I was shuffling around my upper level horses and starting out only on the lower level ones. I was still eager to get back into competing and continuing to improve.
One day Denny and I were talking, I can’t quite remember what started the conversation, but I said I do not think of myself as being that brave. He looked at me like I was nuts, I think he even said, but you went advanced! My response was that I am brave enough, but I am not crazy brave
My dad used to say when I was growing up that if you looked up the word relentless in the dictionary there would be a picture of me next to it. I think at the time he meant my relentlessness in constantly asking for a horse (and everything else that went along with it), but over time I've begun to realize just how much of this personality trait is needed in eventing.
The first day of the 2008 USEF Mandatory outing began this humid, drizzly morning at the idyllic Fork Farm in Norwood North Carolina. Nine horse and rider combinations were making their final run for a spot on the 2008 United States Olympic Eventing team. There was an air of great importance to the day, but with a very quiet backdrop as this outing is closed to the public.
I have had occasion to share a hotel room with co-author Heintzberger. I am reluctant to comment on a book by someone who may one day be in the position to shove pennies up my nose while I am asleep. Therefore, I have asked Ms. Heintzberger to speak about their book for herself:
You should always assume that the next person you meet will become an important part of your life. I was volunteering at the Kentucky Dressage Association (KDA) championship show in September, 2004 and after working alone as a warmup steward in the morning, Volunteer Co-ordinator Meg Upchurch introduced me to a young lady who was to help that afternoon – 15-year-old event rider Rebecca (“Becca”) Zeitlin.
Max Corcoran, Karen O'Connor's longtime groom and friend, has started a wonderful (and quite entertaining) blog, sharing all the up's & down's on the road to the Olympics. Max has been a part of the O'Connor Event Team since 2001, and has traveled with the O'Connor's to some of the top competitions in the world.
Our journey began on June 24th at 1:30 AM when my horse The Good Witch, otherwise known as Pooh, left Copper Meadows accompanied by Fennal, Dandelion, Taren and me. We were headed for the airport at Ontario, CA, for a 3:45 AM load time.
A few of our team riders are getting in their last qualifiers at the Barbury Horse Trials in England this weekend. In the CIC3*, Amy Tryon will be riding Poggio II & Leyland, Clark Montgomery will be riding Up Spirit & Raconteur, Gina Miles will be competing McKinlaigh, and Karen O'Connor will be riding Mandiba