Asmar equestrian-sponsored rider Sophie Wells’s diary – entry 1 from the Frankfurt 2011 Young Riders World Cup Final in Germany
Asmar equestrian-sponsored rider, Sophie Wells, recently attended the Frankfurt 2011 Young Riders World Cup Final in Germany, which was held from 16 – 18 December 2011. We are serialising her diary entries over the next week:
We have just got back from the World Cup Final in Frankfurt, a prestigious competition that only invites 14 riders from around the world to compete. It is held at Frankfurt and is a Christmas, Olympia type-show which hosts many different disciplines within the week, from senior world cup qualifiers to show jumping, quadrilles, and showing classes from children.
The run up to the journey did not go quite to plan as my horse Noki stopped eating, quickly explained by a fractured tooth; we kept Rod Fisher, the team vet, well informed. It was a quite odd that Noki got 2 ‘spontaneous slab fractures’ the week before Frankfurt, but my dentist and vet took good care of him and was soon back on form.
I had asked my transporter Mark Perry to accompany myself and my trainer Angela Weiss on the trip so he could take care of the driving and paperwork needed, as last year the weather was quite bad, and we felt happier that Mark, who is much more experienced than us, would come and look after things. We arrived at Dover in the early hours of the Tuesday morning, to find the docks closed due to the gales. There appeared to be a gap in the winds about lunch time, so we agreed to sit it out and wait for the 1.15pm ferry (which was actually the 9.15am ferry – but everything was running late by then!) and if we couldn’t get on that, we would go back to Mark’s yard, give Noki a rest while we de-camped onto his lorry and go through the euro tunnel.
So we had to find ways to amuse ourselves….Noki was a star and very chilled out about everything, eating drinking and sleeping while we waited, and thankfully we were allowed to board the 1.15 ferry. The waters were actually not too rough and we had been on worse, and Noki was coping brilliantly. We got off the ferry and headed for Reims in France for the overnight stop, feeling proud of myself that I had driven the lorry for an hour in France.
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