Greetings from Jerez

Greeting to all Horsecity.com users from sunny Jerez de la Frontera Spain. It's still early here in Jerez-the opening ceremonies haven't even taken place yet-but the excitement is clearly building. Jerez is a place with a deep connection to horses-the national "School of Equestrian Arts" is located here, which is one of the seats of Andalusian breeding and training, and is focused on the classical training and execution of dressage. Everywhere ...Greeting to all Horsecity.com users from sunny Jerez de la Frontera Spain. It's still early here in Jerez-the opening ceremonies haven't even taken place yet-but the excitement is clearly building. Jerez is a place with a deep connection to horses-the national "School of Equestrian Arts" is located here, which is one of the seats of Andalusian breeding and training, and is focused on the classical training and execution of dressage. Everywhere ...

Story originally posted by: Heather Bailey

Greeting to all Horsecity.com users from sunny Jerez de la Frontera Spain. It’s still early here in Jerez-the opening ceremonies haven’t even taken place yet-but the excitement is clearly building. Jerez is a place with a deep connection to horses-the national "School of Equestrian Arts" is located here, which is one of the seats of Andalusian breeding and training, and is focused on the classical training and execution of dressage. Everywhere you look, the aristocratic countenance of the Andalusian horse is visible-on billboards, in the town squares, and in the fields and backyards of the citizenry.

The only animal who may be held in greater esteem is the bull, usually depicted in black silhouette. It’s the first thing I could see out my window as the plane landed in Jerez, both in the flesh as cows and their bull calves grazed along the runway, to the giant black wooden silhouette which welcomes you in to the terminal.

The sky here is bluer than blue, and though warm, the air had a tropical flavor, and is cooled by the ocean breezes. The people have thus far been friendly, and the atmosphere is one of camaraderie. We’ll see how long that lasts once the competition starts up.

The only bit of news thus far from Spain is that the US has declared its team and individuals for eventing. John Williams and Carrick, David O’Connor and Giltedge, Amy Tryon with either Poggio II or My Beau, and Kim Severson-Vinoski with either Royal Venture or Winsome Adante will comprise the team, while Gina Miles and McKinlaigh and Darren Chichi and R.G. Renegade will be the two individual competitors. Tryon and Severson-Vinoski will declare which horse they will ride following the jog on Wednesday.

I’ll have more to say after the opening ceremonies!

Cheers,
Heather Bailey
English Content Director