it was extraoardinary. i have so much to say and so little time to say it, but i will tell you that FUEGO stole the show. Viva Espana! he got the best cheers of the night from the crowd, i literally had tears, and despite the fact that he didn't place, he will be the horse that lives in the hearts of the audience forever.
seeing Ashley Holzer of Canada take the lead and celebrate with hugs, kisses and tears from her fellow canadians on my way to the portajohn. very often this moment is not about winning or even getting a medal, but about achieving your personal best score under pressure, and Ashley did that with extraordinary grace. Canada is my new favorite neighbor.
having people cheer at the portajohn for the speed with which I used the portajohn. I am my own winner.
(there is no picture of that, mercifully)
and of course, seeing Steffen Peters of the US take bronze and Totilas of the Netherlands absolutely kill it and take his third gold medal of these games. gorgeous gorgeous animal.
edward and totilas
Steffen and Ravel
more to come, death defying cross country and lots and lots of horse vendor everdosing tomorrow! (i promise not to buy TOO many things i don't need, dan!)