I think we're all confused.
Many of us saw the Canadian Team Selection and went.... "Huh. Interesting. Not what I expected." Of course, Jessie and Colleen have worked incredibly hard to get to this point, but I don't think anybody expected Canada to ship 17 and 19 year old horses to Tokyo to compete on the world's biggest stage. I think we all had questions, so I went digging. I am not shy about calling up a bunch of random people and asking for their time, and I am so gracious to those that spent hours on the phone with me. I said the same thing, "I want to write about the facts. This isn't gossip. This isn't hearsay. What are the facts? We all have questions."
I would like to start by stating that I interviewed many people involved in the process. Riders, representatives, and committee members. I won't be quoting them directly as I have assured them anonymity. This blog is the result of my direct research and all opinions, and mistakes, are my own.
Emily Holmes is an Ocala, FL based Freelance Event Organizer who is an expert in Equestrian Public Relations. She also attempts to compete in Eventing and Dressage on a VERY amateur level while building a new facility (see Five Hound Farm) with her hound dogs, husband, and a myriad of horses.