Friday, December 09, 2011

Abu Dhabi: Young Rider/Junior World Endurance Championship Updates

December 9
Cheryl Van Deusen (USA):

Tough day today, the USA only has 3 horses starting the ride.  Kyle's horse
Misu did not vet in - he travels funny and although they gave us three trot
outs, he did not clear.  We are really sad for Kyle and Steve as they are
such team players, along with great sports. Now the pressure is really on
as we all have to finish to finish a team.

it's a great place,but boy are we whipped - lots of work, but it's paid
off.  DA Al Capone (will be ridden by Mary Catherine Clark) is feeling good and vetted in well - nice trot for him along with
a pulse of 30.

Mary Farris and Melody Blittersdorf have been great crew, along with Grace
and Wendy who scored so much local assistance, it's awesome.  Momma Peggy
came in a couple of days ago to round out a great team.

Race starts at 6:30 am for us (unless fog or sheikh is delayed) -- which is
about 9 hours earlier there -- so while you are sleeping, we'll be riding.

Melody Blittersdorf (USA)
Good luck team USA ! Only thing that could have possibly made this trip better is if Kyle and Steven were riding. This is one heck of a group here! Wish us luck !!!!!

Mary Katherine Clark (USA)
Team USA is set to go in the mornig for the race in the morning. Unfortunately one of the horses was not quite right and did not pass vet in. Kyle and Steve have been so much fun to have around and help this week. Thank you for everything! The race starts at 6:30 a.m. which is 9 hours ahead of eastern time. Out to the barn at 4 a.m. Go Team USA!!

Kelly Kimbler
I just wanted to take a minute to say thanks to everybody following Kelsey & Cody on their big adventure. In addition to those at home and our endurance family we have a really great group of people here helping us and getting us ready for this race. They all keep reminding us that this is just another ride and to remember to have fun and do the best they can! Thanks everybody!

Lientie de Wit (Namibia)
Pierre and Otis TE are ready for the race......for's bed time....have to be awake at 4 o'clock, leaving at 4.30......the race starts at 06h30.....

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