Saturday, August 7, 2021

Summer games

I got up early this morning to watching the Olympic Show Jumping Team Final.

It did not disappoint. The horses went well, the jumps were beautiful and the U.S. Team won the silver in an exciting jump off.
Laura Kraut is my favorite. I used to know her a little bit back in the day.
It almost felt like a normal Before Times Olympics except for those empty stands...
The 1984 Olympics were held in Los Angeles, but the equestrian events mostly took place at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. This was a really wonderful thing for a horse crazy fifteen year old who lived just a few miles from the race track.
I got to choose one event to attend, and I picked the Show Jumping Individual Final, which was held on the last day of the Olympics. My mom and sister came came with me.
My best friend, Sarah, also joined us.
For some reason, this is the only picture I took of the ring. I think, perhaps, I knew that my poor pocket camera was not up to the task.
That's okay. There a lot of real photographers on hand to take photos of Melanie Smith-Taylor and Calypso,
Conrad Homfeld and Abdullah...
and Joe Fargis and Touch of Class.
As much as I enjoyed watching the Olympics on the computer this morning, it doesn't compare to being there in person. I hope someday I will experience that again.


  1. I think you mean 1984, 1944? I was there at Santa Anita that same day! It was wonderful.

  2. I meant to say, “I think you mean 1984, NOT 1944?”