The crew is off to England! Orlando (affectionately known as Ben) and Jess left Blue Hill Farm early in the morning on Sunday July 3rd for JFK Airport where they will fly to Amsterdam with Mersant International. They arrived at the Quarantine Barns around noon with plenty of time to kill before Ben loaded aboard the plane around 6:30 PM for an 11:30 flight. After landing in Amsterdam they traveled by road to the UK, now in the care of James Luck from LGBloodstock Shipping Ltd.
James Dwyer flew out on Sunday night from Philadelphia to Heathrow International Airport outside of London, where he will arrived Monday to then travel to Downs Equestrian Centre ( www.downsequestrian.com) to get ready for Ben and Jess's arrival on Tuesday morning.
The lovely Downs Equestrian centre is owned by Italian three day event rider Alberto Giugni who rode for Italy in the 2006 World Games in Aachen. Jessica joined them on Wednesday morning and the preparations began to get Ben ready for the show. Ben will enjoy the amenities of Downs Equestrian, including their lovely barns, riding arenas, and turn out paddocks. On July 12th the group from Blue Hill moved to the show grounds at Hartpury College, Hartpury UK (www.hartpurycollege.ac.uk)
The Jog was a success on Tuesday, and on Wednesday morning the Grade IV team tests started at 8.30am. Thursday and Friday Grade IV Individual and Championship tests were ridden as well as the musical freestyles.
7/11/11 Report From Jessica:
James got a 68.2% in the Grade IV team test and his teammate Eilish got a 68.3%. It was a great win for Ireland as the Brits were out in force with lovely horses and predominately British judges and James was thrilled to be second! The purpose of getting in front of Olympic level judges proved to be the right decision.
Pictures & further reports to follow!!