Earlier, Richard Davison had enjoyed a South Downs moment (think Tina Cook in eventing) and endured a drenching just prior to his Test. Jenny (groom) has now left for the main Olympic Stadium where she will be presented with the Gold medal for the wet T shirt competition...... Richard pulled off a blinder and again demonstrated his expertise at preparing horses for the Games......he has been to a few before...
We (Team Leaders) have been given iPads by the BOA to use during the Games. People keep asking me if I have an App for this or an App for that; please understand...I am 'appless with Apps. I do wonder whether all of this technology has impacted on our ability to communicate through the perhaps rather too traditional method of....talking to each other.
The eventing riders finally returned to their home bases following a whirlwind tour of media commitments and "Live Sites" in Hyde Park......all said it was a wonderful experience and nothing like anything they had been through at previous Games. Luckily Yogi and I were able to hand over the duties of herding the riders to our long suffering Sports Engagement Manager from the BOA...Georgie Harland...forthwith to be known as Nanny McPhee: Like their competition plans for the spring, they started on plan A and by the time of departure were fairly certain that plan YY would
be the one that they would follow.
I made a schoolboy error today and looked at the Forums having been tipped off that there was a bit of a rumble gathering around rolkur / hyperflexion: one has to question the logic of people making these allegations....which they seem to be basing on one still photo.....There are more Stewards here than you can shake a stick at...plus so many Vets that if the British Equestrian Veterinary Association decided to hold their AGM here they would have the largest attendance since their formation. Do these people that are sitting at home making judgements really think that if we saw someone from another Nation cheating we would not say something? Come on...let's have a little dose of common sense...a still photo can tell as many stories as the interpretation of statistics......." lies, damned lies and statistics". I have vented.
In addition to all their other responsibilities, Sophie and Sarah are mow assisting with a restaurant booking service. I hope that all the shops and businesses in Greenwich are benefitting from the Games....everyone has been so welcoming here - a real feather in the cap of Greenwich and another event to add to the long history of this part of London. For the last few days the course building team have been stripping out the Cross Country fences and part of the Park will soon open to the public again.
"Back of House" there is an athlete / staff dining room and lounge. Staffed by an enthusiastic band of lads and lasses, it is where we are well fed and watered. I feel the positive results of my diet being eroded as it is far too easy to eat eat eat.....it does not help that each dish has the fat / protein / carbohydrate / calorie content listed..... This is so athletes can accurately track their diet.......I just find it depressing!! Belt pressure not being helped by the introduction of a jar full of chocolate brownies......I just love chocolate brownies...
OK, back to the squirrels. I was prevented yesterday from demonstrating that I must be a distant relation of Johnny Wilkinson....one step and I could have converted this hapless squirrel over the security fencing. Apparently it would have been wrong of me so to do....there are serious failings in the Squirrel Education Programme in London....Boris? Interesting how what is going on in the arena rubs off on those watching......I observed a brace of dressage squirrels indulging in circles and bumps as they prepared to start collecting their nuts for the winter recess.
|Chefs in the athlete lounge|
|The athletes lounge|
|Food on tap!|