(Selena O'Hanlon and Colombo, who have got to be one of my favorite pairs out there, looking absolutely joyous)
(Nicola Wilson and Opposition Buzz, one of my favorite pairs from WEG last year)
(William Fox-Pitt looking cool and semi-godlike as usual)
(Harry Meade is a good looking man... even if I did catch him at a slightly awkward moment here!)
(Hawley and Ginny, looking adorable as always)
(Reggie looking awful handsome)
(Buck looked quite professional... though he did wear red and yellow spotted socks!)
(The Good Witch is über cute)
(What a great pair they make)
(Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch and Ollie looking cool and professional)
(Karen O'Connor and Mandiba (AKA "The Heartbreaker"), who's not my favorite horse but who, as a good red-blooded American, I'll definitely be cheering for this weekend)
(Portersize Just a Jiff - 15hh and THE CUTEST THING ON THIS PLANET - gimme gimme gimme)
(Lucinda Fredericks and another spitfire mare - though this one's not quite as cute as Headley Britannia)
(Izzy Taylor looking nervous but ready with her classically beautiful Briarlands Matilda)
I though in general the outfits were very tasteful (none of the moth-eaten christmas sweaters that seem to inevitably, inexplicably, show up at most major American jogs), though there were a few girls who definitely flirted with possibly inappropriate hemlines and possibly inappropriate footwear (and one girl who did both!).
The horses were unreal, and I was reminded anew of how beautiful these creatures truly are. Each one glowed with a firey intelligence and exuded the sort of grace, power, and cat-like quickness that makes them such incredible athletes (and some of them did a bit more than exude, showing off some seriously impressive explosions on the return down the lane!).
(Duarte Seabra and Fernhill Gloster Rebel, yet another fab Carol Gee horse)
(Ashdale Cruise Master looking so sweet)
(Elektron nearly got away from Nick Gauntlett a few times! He rode my favorite horse at Badders last year, a little black mare named Chapel Amble, but I think he sold he on)
Next up, The first day of dressage!!