Saturday, September 18, 2010

Selection!

It has been a fairly tough process and I am one of the few lucky ones to announce that I along with two of my horses, Woodburn and TruLuck, have been selected to represent the United States at the World Equestrian Games. You might say that I have been around for awhile, so I should be prepared for the process, but nonetheless it is pretty darn stressful. Woodburn has been named as my nuber one horse with TruLuck as my backup. I am sure everyone else knows the other team members, so I won't publish that here.
We are all in "camp" now at Carl Boukaert's beautiful farm outside of Atlanta where the final selection trial was held during the AECs. We are here until the end of the week to train until moving on to Kentucky. Oded Shimoni, our dressage coach, arrived and we are working on fine tuning the movements for our dressage test. At this stage, you really aren't trying to change too much, just get each movement the best you can for maximum points! This morning we will gallop to keep the horses in top condition before the test coming in less then two weeks.
I have to admit that blogging (or anything on the computer) is not my strong suit so, I apologize for the days in between my posting. I hope you will continue to follow and I will try to keep you posted on the goings on here in Georgia.

All the best,

Phillip

P.S. am going home later today to see my parents who have just arrived from Australia. They are in there 80s so this was a big trip for them. I haven't seen them since we went to Australia after the Hong Kong Olympics, so I am very excited. Will post after I return on Tuesday!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

How wonderful to have your parents here...safe travels to them and you. Great to read your posts, and all the best to you and Woodburn and Truluck as you prepare these last few days. Go USA!!!

Jenny Gandert said...

Best of luck to you, Woodburn and Trukluck! You are truly living the dream. It's even more awesome that you are going to see your parents. Savor those moments.

Traci Guynup said...

Actually, I don't know the other members of the team. I recognize yours. I am following your blog. It's okay if you do not blog every day.

Peter Haynes said...

Say hello from me.
Have not seen them or you for a few years :)

Anonymous said...

Best of luck Phillip. Hope you're looking after Peter and Mary. We missed them both at our Nyngan Pony Club camp this week!! We hope they're both getting plenty of inspiration at the WEG to bring back to Australia and pass on to the kids at pony club. Let Mary know the camp went smoothly and the grandchildren were stars!!. From all at Nyngan Pony Club!