The Chronicle of the Horse Blog: Words From The World Games: We're An Army Of Six

The weather has been wet, wet, wet, but we've gotten some good dressage schools in under David O'Connor's watchful eye.

As I lay here in my "snooze box," which is the equivalent of a very small luxury freshman dormitory room, I feel like it's the calm before the storm. Or I suppose it is actually already storming. Please somebody turn off the water, this cross-country can not handle one additional drop of rain!

All horses looked great at the jog yesterday and have been looking super in their work this week. Trailblazers Buck, Sinead and Phillip are our U.S. representation for dressage today and they put in solid tests, rounded out by Kim, myself and Boyd tomorrow. 

We all feel we have something to prove and a statement to make, and will be storming Normandy this weekend with as much fight as we can muster. I absolutely know come Saturday we will all be fighting our way around Pierre's relentless cross-county. 

The terrain and deep going added to the already massive and extremely technical course make this a true world championship course. And the dreary rain and weather make me feel like we're going to battle, even though I wouldn't mind staying to take a nap in my snooze box instead. 

Last night we had a lovely reception with all of the American riders, staff and supporters, and were accompanied by a large contingent of owners, friends and family. Owners and syndicates from each of the team horses were here, as well as many owners and supporters of other U.S. horses and riders not competing this weekend, who have come to Normandy to support the entire U.S. team. Last night was really special. I saw familiar faces, met a lot of new ones, and the support and excitement from everyone there was contagious.

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Retired Racehorse Project Researches Donner's History

From the Retired Racehorse Project

Team USA and Team OTTB at WEG

7a6e4e7d-6a01-421a-9032-8be77a83c2dcLynn and Donner on the cross country course. Photo courtesy of symanskyequestrian.comTomorrow, Lynn Symansky and her off-track Thoroughbred, Donner, will ride the dressage portion in day one of the World Equestrian Games Three-Day Event in Normandy, France. Not only is Donner the only OTTB on Team USA, he is the only horse of any breed on the team that was actually bred in the USA, the rest being European imports.  We thought it would be fun to take a closer look at this pair who are truly representing "Team USA" through and through!

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The Chronicle of the Horse Blog: Nothing Runs Like A Deer

Lynn081914FrontI bought Donner six years ago. He was 5, and I was retiring my previous four-star horse to the lower levels. I initially got Donner as a project.

He was a beautiful stamp of a horse, had a good canter and a good enough jump. He was wild, but the price was right so I figured I'd take the chance. Either he would turn out to be something for me in the future, or I'd put some work into him and sell him on if he didn’t turn out to be an upper level horse.

I definitely didn’t know he’d turn into the horse I have today. He was a good athlete and showed a lot of promise, but he was rather flighty and spooky—Donner is aptly nicknamed “the deer.” Some horses are the type that can fit into several disciplines, but Donner never seemed to fit perfectly into any one mold.

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LSE Welcomes Zandona as New Sponsor

Zandona logoLynn is excited to welcome Zandona to the LSE Team of Sponsors. "I have been using Zandona boots for several months now, and can truly say they are a great product. They are extremely well crafted, do a great job protecting my horses and they jump really well in them. Thanks to Zandona for the support." Interested in learning more about Zandona boots? Contact Walsh Products and look out for Lynn's horses wearing Zandona in the show jumping ring.

Lynn on Fox News

10523136 680317412057236 196453590934477634 nLynn as well as several other members of the World Equestrian Games US Team were on FOX News DC to promote the WEG Prep event at Great Meadow as well as the WEG in August. Watch the replays of Lynn's segments below on the Fox News website.

Here is Lynn doing a bit of dressage and show jumping with Alton Quanbeck's Osborne 9. and helping teach news anchor Holly Morris how to ride: