Well, I got my letter from USTA today. We were chosen as the alternate for the jumping demo at the FEI World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park in 2010. BUMMER!
Ah well. The discipline I applied for was eventing, as I was hoping I could do a cross country demo on that fabulous KHP course! LOL! And instead, the worst part is that they did not separate hunter/jumpers and eventing....so they were all considered "jumping." There were 6 horses chosen: one hunter over fences (no idea who), two dressage (one is my friend Helene's horse JB and the other is that gray from FL named Sea the Gray or whatever) , one barrel racing (that would be J's Duncan), one carriage driving (no idea), and one "riding" horse (no idea). I have no clue what type of "riding", since the woman at USTA who I spoke to did not know either. LOL! Granted, they are not riding folks. :)
So I am the alternate for the "hunter over fences demo". It stinks that someone else's misfortune would mean my happy day. Of course they won't know until mid 2009 if the STB demo is even going to be included, and I may not know if I end up with a spot until mid 2010. There are alternates for both JB and Sea the Gray....but I was told that I could also be considered for a dressage alternate if one of the first two alternates could not make it...seeing as I applied for eventing (and it includes both dressage and jumping).
They received 22 or so applications, and she said hunter/jumper and dressage were the most competitive. I was REALLY hoping I could jump the cross country jumps at the KHP and the hunter could jump the regular rail fences. But no such luck....we all got lumped together. OH and they are going to have a 7th horse for racing....but will wait until 2010 to chose one of the top horses in that year rather than pick one now.
So.....I am kind of bummed at being the "second best" but hey.....I am proud of both JB and Duncan and I will be going down with J as a groom even if Dreamy does not get to go. :) It is nice to be number one, but it is also a good life lesson to come in second. And out of all the horses that applied, it is still a pretty cool thing to be considered second best!!! I admit I was surprised and I did grieve for about an hour this afternoon after I read my letter, but now I am totally OK.
Anyway, that is my big news for today!