Earlier, I posted Part I of this guest blog, previously posted on http://www.aspireequestrian.wordpress.com (check it out)
Here’s Part II and I’m still wishing I could get back to Ireland and do nothing but horsey stuff…. especially if there are ‘scrums’ for seats at equine events!
It’s Friday, which means the Aga Khan Trophy. This is the biggie. The world’s best showjumpers – and I have seen Scott Brash with my own eyes, so I know he is here – pitch up in teams of four for an afternoon of thrills and spills. Volunteers are handing out flags and it would seem that the whole of Ireland is here; there surely can’t be anybody left in County Mayo. There is only one way to get through the crowds: keep your line and kick on.
Ireland’s president arrives amid much fanfare and then everybody settles down for the first entertainment of the afternoo n: the parade. This is almost worth the ticket price alone. About a hundred pipers march into the arena, blowing for all they are worth, to lead each team round the ring. Frankly, anybody who is prepared to get on a sparky warmblood…
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