Debbie McDonald: Settling in with the U.S. Olympic Dressage Team

Debbie McDonald lands in England and writes about settling in with the U.S. Olympic dressage team.

July 11, 2012–The Internet situation here is not great! Sometimes you get lucky and get it at the barn or at the bed and breakfast that we are staying at, but it is really hit and miss. We have had a few very long days with the travel of riders, horses, two trucks of equipment and grooms arriving later the next day. What a process it is to get it all over here!

Debbie McDonald. | Photo ? Nancy Jaffer

The good news is everyone handled the trip fantastic and looks good. A few are showing some signs of jet lag but then so am I! Anne will arrive tomorrow sometime and then the real training will start. The horses will go to a show in Hickstead and leave a week from tomorrow. The barn we are staying at is beautiful! I will try to see if I can get my iCloud to find the pictures I have taken? For some reason, I can’t get them to talk to each other, and that is not my thing. Hoping to get an early night in tonight but it is Dawn’s birthday (Steffen’s groom) and I have a feeling we will be having a party. Hopefully next time I will have some pictures to send and better Internet.

With Peggy and Parry Thomas’ Brentina, Debbie McDonald has represented the U.S. at Olympic Games, World Championships and a Pan American Games. In 2009, the pair became the first American combination to win the World Cup Dressage Final. Debbie now trains Adrienne Lyle, who will represent the U.S. as an individual at the 2012 Olympic Games. For more from Debbie, check out her book Riding Through, which details her system for dressage success

Read more about Debbie’s Olympic experience in the Olympic dressage coverage.

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