It’s big. Like, in numbers.
There are over 800 horses, and languages are being spoken from countries I’ve never heard of before. I’m told that there are multi-lingual helpers thoughout the park, but surprisingly, I have heard public address announcements made only in English.
It’s big. Like, in size.
I’m sure my feet, legs and shoulders will be stronger by the end of my tenure here. If you are at the WEG, you will walk a long way. We were told there would be people movers. According to both Google Maps and my feet, it is about a mile from the center of general parking to the Main Stadium, and I have yet to see a shuttle except for those assisting the handicapped. By the time we walk a mile carrying our 30 pounds of camera and computer gear, let’s just say we are “well warmed up” for our long day of work.
It’s big. Like in scope. Communication is paramount, and there is wifi throughout the grounds for the press to post from pretty much anywhere. So it would have been nice to know that, for instance, the veterinary inspection for the dressage horses had been moved up an hour so as not to conflict with the endurance horses galloping past the jog area. We photographers arrived at the appointed hour to find that there were already up to “N” alphabetically.
It’s big, like in traffic.
After the Opening Ceremonies on Saturday night, it took me an hour just to get out of the parking lot, and most of that was spent sitting in a queue with my engine off because nothing was moving. At one point I considered pulling out of line into a dark area and sleeping there, rather than driving all the way back to my hotel in Richmond.
You’ll find the WEG photo galleries here. Watch for updates from dressage over the next several days, and from eventing after that!