It was another productive day at the Kentucky Horse park. Boyd was kept on his toes with sponsor appearances and preparation for Otis' debut in the rather intimidating Rolex stadium.
Boyd teamed up with fellow competitor Allison Springer for their annual Smartpak course-walk, which this year drew a record number of followers (300+). Together they shared their impressive knowledge of several formidable questions on the XC course. Tomorrow we will all be on course to cheer on our favorite Smartpak riders!
Otis and Boyd entered the ring as the last riders of the day. The atmosphere in a ring of that size is quite intimidating, and the stands were well packed for the last ride of the day. Otis did show that he was a bit green and nervous, but Boyd kept his cool and did a wonderful job showing him the judges and the cameras prior to entering the ring. His trot work is just so impressive and this horse shows so much potential for the future, holding his composure in such an electric environment. Their score of a 51 was good enough to put them in 16th place, in a tough field of nearly 60 world class competitors. Remi goes into XC standing in 6th place, so tomorrow looks to be a nail biter!!
If you are in Kentucky, please come out to cheer on Team Windurra. If you are not near the horse park, please show your support by watching it live on NBC Sports!!
Please enjoy the slide show of photos from today's course walk and competition.
Photo credits Lisa Thomas