I'm off to attend and cover the World Equestrian Games in North Carolina in September!
You can follow my coverage through NZ Horse & Pony Magazine. I'm looking forward to what should be an amazing event, with so many disciplines of equestrian competitions on display. Of course I will be focusing on the disciplines where New Zealanders are competing, and the eventing will be first up. It was very, very disappointing to hear that Clarke Johnstone's Balmoral Sensation is out of contention for WEG; he had a real chance both as an individual and as a key member of the New Zealand team.
I arrive in Tryon before the competition starts and leave the day after it finishes, so it is going to be a full on few weeks. What seemed like a long, long time ago, I booked a house only two kilometres from the venue, so hopefully we won't have any issues with traffic jams like in France for the last WEG! There's an interesting group of people staying with me in the house - it certainly is a diverse group as we have an American, an Englishman, and Di who was born in UK but lives in NZ! There may be an Australian joining us for a few days as well.
I'm also looking forward to catching up with some of my media friends. There's a key bunch of journalist and photographers that I only get to see at these international events, and many of them I haven't seen since the Olympics. We work side by side in the media centre, and while this time I won't be sharing the media accommodation provided, there are sure to be be many good memories created together.