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Pak Across the Pond – Day 5

I can’t believe it’s really and truly over. Eventing is done, the horses are already packed and out of the venue.

Twizzel leaves Greenwich Park with Sara McKenna – Photo courtesy of @ColemanEventing

Otis and Lindsay head home – Photo courtesy of @USEquestrianHP

While I’m beyond sad to see the eventers go, I do have some great news – Team USA Dressage had their first official jog this afternoon and Team USA Show Jumping has officially arrived, swinging by the USEF Live from London set to pick up their gear while we were shooting! And guys – I don’t want to make anyone faint or die from jealousy – but I saw him. The man, the myth, the legend – George Morris. I even got to hand him his bag of official Olympic Ralph Lauren schwag. Way. Too. Cool.

I have SO MUCH to say about today’s events, both in the stadium and out, but it’s gotten quite late here and I’m frankly exhausted, and I’m afraid if I try to write about it now, I won’t be able to do it justice. So I’m off to bed (no, none of the other US teams sat on my bed today) but I’ll be back tomorrow, bright eyed and bushy tailed and ready to tell you all the stories I’ve got saved up! Plus, tomorrow’s a day off for the equestrian games, so it’ll give you something to fill the time (don’t worry, no one is legally required to work when the Olympics are on – pretty sure I read that somewhere…) There will also be a metric ton (I weighed them) of pictures from today’s show jumping competition hitting our Facebook page tomorrow.

In the meantime, you can check out the USEF Network coverage for a recap of the eventing competition, including a word from USEF’s Executive Director of Sport Programs, the always in-demand, Mr. Jim Wolf.

So that I don’t have to leave you without any thoughts on today’s competition, I’m including Colby’s thoughts on the impossibly awesome Michael Jung, winner of the Team and Individual Gold Medals: “Well, the prediction came true. I’m not a betting person and betting against your own team just doesn’t seem right, but Michael Jung and Sam just plain got it done this Olympics. I believe it was Eventing Nation who made the call a few months ago that we might consider just packing the individual gold medal up and mailing it to Michael. At the time, despite the fact that he had won the World/European/(insert name) Championships, it still seemed a bold call. So much can go wrong with horses on any given day, and eventing in particular requires the planets to align to get it done across all three phases. But, it happened. He did it. Good for him and good for the German team. They executed when push came to shove and I was truly impressed by their riding and the quality of their horses. German engineering doesn’t just make for fine autos apparently. There were plenty of good rides the past few days and plenty of fine horses, but they really put all of the pieces together and I applaud their performance.”

So, what of it, Eventing Nation – was that you making those bold (and accurate) predictions? If so, care to weigh in on Ravel’s chances, or tell us how Reed will handle the pressure? We’ll take any edge we can get 🙂

I also wanted to give you guys the latest news on Boyd and Otis – it appears everything should be just fine with a bit of TLC. The always-brilliant Eventing Nation put together the full scoop here:

Finally, before I bid you goodnight, I wanted to share this video. It needs no explanation.

Stay up to date on the latest London happenings by following @SmartPakerSarah and @SmartPakerColby on Twitter!

Sarah Paull

Sarah Paull is a lifelong rider and SmartPak’s Brand Manager. You may know her better as the life-size foam finger from the London Olympics, the host of USEF Network’s Live from London coverage, or “that girl from the Stuff Riders Say videos.” Prior to joining SmartPak in 2008, Sarah worked as a Veterinary Technician at B.W. Furlong & Associates in Oldwick, NJ, and obtained her degree in Equine Science from Centenary College. Sarah is the proud mom of Cody, a semi-retired, 23-year-old Quarter Horse gelding, and she’s currently looking for an eventing partner to help her get rid of all the extra time, money and energy she doesn’t actually have :-) If you're interested in her often-horsey, always-odd musings, follow @SmartPakerSarah on Twitter.

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