Sophie Wells’ dressage blog: It’s wet at WEG

  • So we have arrived in Caen for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Unfortunately the weather has taken a turn for the worse, so here’s hoping the forecast improves!

    The venue is lovely here on the racecourse, and the facilities are OK. The surfaces are quite hard to ride on, but overall things are going well.

    I don’t compete until Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. But Lee Pearson and Ricky Balshaw kick it off today for the Brits in the para-dressage competition.

    Getting ready for trot-up at WEG

    Getting ready for trot-up

    As the venues are fairly spread out for the para-dressage, the reining and the dressage, it’s difficult to get around to see the other British riders, especially if the times are tight. I have a feeling we will be relying on the TV to watch the other sports.

    This is a shame as in Kentucky in 2010 it was really easy to scoot to each arena to support everyone. That’s the bonus of having one massive park where the Games can take place.

    Feeling at home in the rain

    I have a training day today, which is going to be outside in the rain, as we have no under cover space. It’s a good thing we are use to riding in the rain at home! I’m on at 8.48am tomorrow (French time, which is one hour ahead of the UK) so it will be nice to get in and done early in the day.

    I also had the great honour of being the flag bearer for Team GBR at the opening ceremony. This was such a special moment which I will cherish. It was made even better with no disasters (such as tripping or dropping the flag) which did cross my mind!

    Wish us luck! Paws and hooves crossed…


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