Shandiss and Juan – photo by Hawley

Pamela Nunn is a freelance FEI groom who went to previous “Games” with Canadian event rider Selena O’Hanlon and this time, will be going to London with team alternate Shandiss Wewiora and her 8-yr-old Irish Sport Horse Rockfield Grant Juan. 

In her blog, Pamela shares a “behind the scenes” journey to the London 2012 Olympic Games from a groom’s perspective. 

We’re in England at last. After a long trip from Virginia, Jessica Phoenix’s groom Amanda and I met the horses and Dr Ober at the Stansted airport. The horses all came off the plane looking well and we transferred them to a horse box for the three hour trip to Maizey Manor in Wiltshire.

The horses were happy to get into their lovely big stalls with deep beds of shavings. The first couple of days we took things quietly, with the horses having a day off, then a quiet hack the next day. I wonder if Juan thinks he is back home in Ireland?

We have been monitoring the horses temperatures and urine to make sure they are not dehydrated or getting shipping fever. All the horses seemed well and bright in their dressage lessons this morning.

In between, we have been sampling the local pub fare and Afternoon Cream Tea in Marlborough, the nearest town. l had forgotten how good English cheese is, I have been enjoying Stilton and local Cheddar cheeses.

Team Canada!

Maizey Manor


Team Canada Barn

Hawley Bennett’s Gin & Juice (aka Ginny)

Riddle Master in his paddock

Ring with a Canada Jump!

Michele Mueller and Amistad

Awww…. Ginny and Hawley bonding

Peter Barry and Eddy (aka Kildoran Abbott)

The horses have been enjoying turnout in grass paddocks. The first time they went out, we stayed to keeping an eye on them. After an initial mad moment, Juan settled down to the serious business of eating – which is good, as he has a big frame to fill. So far, he is proving an easy horse to groom for. He seems very laid back, travels well, is a good eater and has good ground manners. What more can a groom want?