Daniel Deusser, Beezie Madden, and Rich Fellers at the draw. -Photo by Keara

Daniel Deusser, Beezie Madden, and Rich Fellers at the draw. -Photo by Keara

The MGM Grand, the Hakkasan Club, food and drinks, top riders from the worlds of show jumping and dressage. Wow. Unlike anything I had ever been to before, the draw was done in true Las Vegas style. Everyone was dressed right up, and it was all about socializing and having a good time before we get down to the competition.

Before I talk about some of the conversations Amy and I had and some of the people we ran into, let’s keep it serious for a brief moment and look at the draw. Done for dressage first and then the jumping, this determined where the riders would go in the order; a name was pulled out of one bowl while their draw number was pulled from another. Hopefully you were able to catch some of Amy’s live updating on our Facebook page, but if not, you can see how things played out by catching the order of go here.

Beezie had serious name pulling skills. -Photo by Keara

Beezie had serious name pulling skills. -Photo by Keara

Beyond the official business of the night, both Amy and I had a fantastic time (and that is an incredible understatement…) talking to some seriously cool people. For example, we had a long conversation with George, the osteopath for the German horses, a very cool gentleman who, in addition to answering all of our questions at the time, kindly provided us with his contact information so that we can hopefully catch-up and have an interview with him later on.

Also, as the night went on, we spoke to a number of riders, attempting to contain our inner fangirls with only moderate success…..

Amy with Marco Kutscher (squeeeeee!)

Amy with Marco Kutscher (squeeeeee! Also note Rich Fellers in the background). -Photo by Keara

Anyway, I’m going to leave it there since, as I type, it’s time to pack-up and get over to the Thomas and Mack for the Dressage GP and the Jumping Final I. It’s going to be exciting!!!!!!!

Keara