Anthea Gunner, Para Equestrian Paralympian

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Blog - Journey to London

And we are in

Posted by Anthea Gunner on September 6, 2014 at 4:15 AM

And we are in! Big day travelling for us all, Don and Jen arrived bright and early this morning and are well settled in - loving the Team NZ decorations at his stable :) Don thinks it is all just awesome - he is super calm and relaxed and had a short session with Bella tonight to limber him up after the trip.

Bella, Jess and I left early from Stuttgart this morning on the TGV train. Seems there are more perks to being in a chair - first class seats for me! It was super comfy and was nice to have a good view of the French countryside - all be it a bit blurry as we were travelling up to 320kmph.

Paris was an adventure - a bit of a gamble on the traffic paid off and a taxi gave us a short tour from Paris Est to Saint Lazare station where we had to catch our next train to Caen. The other option was the Metro train ( a bit like the tube in London) and it seemed very complicated. Fortunately the traffic was good and we met the train no problem.

Paris was beautiful - gorgeous architecture and I love all the wrought iron balconies. Hopefully we have a chance to look round the sights before we fly home. The train to Caen was a couple of hours, and we were met by the lovely Diana Dobson (ESNZ Media Liaison) at the other end. A short few minutes in the car to the racecourse and it all became very real.

The venue looks lovely, not on as big a scale as London but the facilities are good and Don is happy which is the main thing. Most of the Para horses arrived today which was a massive operation managing 100 horses coming in!

We are stabled next to Australia so Don and Bella have a little bit of Aussie for comfort - not that they need it as both are keen Kiwis :)

Tomorrow we have an early start to train, then ridden arena familiarisation early afternoon and the opening ceremony in the evening - its going to be a big day but I can't wait!

Cheers

Anthea

 

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