It was a great two weeks of dressage at San Juan Capistrano. From Rosamunde, age 8, floating through Legolas’ complicated freestyle, some fine small tour horses (I’m talking about YOU, Avanti, Le Noir, Rey Del Mundo, Sanceo) and some super up and coming youngsters (Quincy, Finesse, Donovan, Santo Domingo) it was a fun show to watch through my lens.
But the two weeks began with swiped car keys. I KNEW that I’d put them on the desk in my stand before dashing to the Little Blue House (because …. because Little Blue House). But just in case I hadn’t, we searched the grounds until dark for them. And then squeezed into Sheila’s car for the hour’s drive home (thank you, Sheila!), and called neighborhood security to pretty please let us into our house with their spare key, even though we had no identification, because both our wallets were locked in the car at the showgrounds. When the security guard arrived and saw that I was standing outside the door with a fortune in camera equipment (the camera bag was in the car at the showgrounds, too), he was convinced that we weren’t there to break in.
A short night, an early morning, traffic on the drive north, and no golf carts left when we got back to the show: apparently they hadn’t all been delivered to San Juan from the recently finished Thermal jumper series. So I hoofed it around the grounds. I apologize to the few people whose rides I just couldn’t get to. By noon, whoever had grabbed the car keys by mistake, apparently too embarrassed to bring them back in person, had returned them to show grounds security, so my car and I were reunited.
Big thanks to Glenda McElroy, David and Alisa Wilson, and the whole crew of California Dreaming, who put on a wonderful series of CDIs this winter. Thanks to my manager, Sheila Ransom, for always having a smile at the ready. Thanks to hubby Axel Steiner, who commentated tirelessly for the livestream of both CDI weekends, and who entertained and educated an estimated 30,000 people about our horses, riders and sport.
I shot about 15,000 images over these two weeks. They’ve all been culled, edited, processed and posted: Enjoy the highlights slideshow!