Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Final Training Preparations for the London Olympic Games

The Whole Crew - It Takes a Village!
Well guys, after five grueling weeks of training here at Eddie Stibbe's beautiful Lavender Hill Farm it's time to let the games begin.  It has been a great experience that has very much improved the horses.


I must admit, I have been taking full advantage of Silva being here.  She has schooled Otis on the flat for me the last few days, really tuning him up for the test. He has been looking better and better in every session, and even received a few 'here we go' comments from Captain Mark Phillips.

Final Jump School (on Remi)
I had the final jump school yesterday with Lauren Hough.  We set up a few combinations with 'V' poles, encouraging the horses to use their technique. All of the horses jumped well and look in prime form for the show jumping.

Preparing for our final gallop - Otis (with Will Coleman at left)

We then went on to the gallop and blasted the horses up the hill. Mark has been very concerned by the steep hills that we will face in Greenwich, so he has put a massive emphasis on the fitness of all of the horses.

Final Trot-Up

The final stage of the camp was the vet check of the horses early this morning to make sure that they are all in good health after the gallop.  All of the horses looked in good shape, so the team will stay the same.

Otis and Twizzel
It's a great feeling knowing that we are going to this major event fully prepared!


Remington XXV


  1. So good to see Silva in London. Your village is now complete; so let your humbleness take a week's rest and go for it! Show your elegance on Dressage, be fearless and nimble on XC, and put the cherry on top with SJ.

  2. Wishing you & Otis the Best of Luck in London! You guys are an amazing team & great ambassadors of the sport! :)

  3. Sounds like you guys are incredibly well prepared!!! Can't wait for this weekend, best of luck to you all!

  4. So exciting!! Thanks so much for taking the time to send pictures & updates back to all of us in the U.S- we love following along! Best of luck, go Boyd & team USA!!

  5. Good luck to you and your team! Thank you so much for sharing your journey, I have really enjoyed being able to follow along. Can't wait to watch you in London!

  6. Can't wait to watch you and Otis burn it up at Greenwich. Go USA! and go Boyd! We'll all be cheering you on!!!