The third diary entry from Asmar equestrian-sponsored rider, Sophie Wells,from the Frankfurt 2011 Young Riders World Cup Final
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 had arrived in Frankfurt, so I took Noki for a little walk in the warming up area, and it was a bit odd to say the least trying to dodge pillars in the middle of it! We set up camp outside the stable and made sure Noki was comfortable before going to explore. I wanted Noki to rest before I could ride him in the arena between 8pm and 10pm. We soon found the arena, however it was an assault course to get there; you had to go through the pedestrian doors to get out of the car park, the tops padded and some crazy people laid flat and rode underneath; there was no chance of that with Noki, his saddle was 4 inches away from the top as it was! We got to the 2nd warm up which was next to the competition arena and food court over looking it. We walked through the tunnel to get to the arena and I could be described as a little kid at Christmas, the arena was HUGE; tiered seating, spotlights, thousands of seats,3 big tv screens hanging from the ceiling, it was more than I could have imagined!! Even my trainer Ange and my transporter Mark were getting quite excited! Obviously being an indoor competition everything is quite close and it makes the atmosphere more and more electric, especially with the lighting.
We then headed to the hotel; the FEI very generously paid for the riders rooms, so I just had Mark’s room to pay for, but the rider’s hotel was amazing, another kid at Christmas moment, 5* just next door to the venue; we really were treated like royalty!
That night I took Noki into the arena to give him a little stretch and give him chance to see everything as we couldn’t get in the arena on the Thursday. His eyes were so wide as he walked in, but he soon chilled out with it all, so we did a bit of stretching and made sure he felt ok from the long journey, but he felt great. I was careful not to do too much and save him for the next day.
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