Two years ago I came to Hamburg to buy horses for clients in Canada. As luck would have it, we were in Hamburg for the 2013 Hamburg Derby! My good friend Lina (who now runs the Baltic Horse Show in Kiel) arranged for us to attend. The sheer size and quality of riding blew my Canadian mind!
That day two years ago, started with the “Dressage Derby”. In this very cool class the final 3 rider’s **gasp** changed horses and they all had to ride each other’s horses. Talk about separating the wheat from the chaff! It was fascinating to see the rideablility of the horses and tact of the riders on the different horses.
Next was the “Jumping Derby” itself! This 86 year old jumping tradition is “THE” jumping event in Hamburg- not to mention the most prestigious derby in the world. Standing room only in stadium. The course is long, big, and keeps everyone on the edge of their seat. Rider’s who compete in this class have nerves of steel. It’s scary and awesome to watch the top horse and rider combinations take on the challenge.
This year I find myself in a different position. I am working at the Derby! I am a dressage scribe for all four days and get to be part of this huge event!! It certainly has its perks...like, well, drinking champagne and watching the competition from the VIP area :)
So here I am again. I had no idea two years ago, that I would be following my dream and living in Germany- and working at the Derby! Isn’t life grand!