As it was for the rest of the week the day was perfect – cool in the morning and warming up to about 25 degrees.
The Cones started at 9.00am with the Single ponies so Janelle was on about 10.00. She drove a great round having only one cone down and just over time. The results show that Janelle was 21st in the cones and there were only two double clears (I think). So you can see that the cones is a very tight competition.
Janelle finished the event in 18th place. Very well done Janelle.
Cone 19 caused the most grief for drivers. It was on a hard right turn and the sand was quite deep. Many carriages slid out here and took out the outside cone. (This was not the cone Janelle had down!)
After the Single ponies there was a short break – just time for some of us to slip down to the shops and make a few purchases!!
The Pony Pairs were next and there were no double clears. Once again we cheered on the British team members who needed a bit of a cheer up after a fairly “bad” day at the office the day before.
After the pairs the Pony Teams came on.
The competition really heated up with the last three teams. There were only 3 double clears and these were from the last three drivers. They certainly knew how to apply the pressure to each other. Bram Chardon (Ijsbrand’s 18 year old son driving in his first World Championship) came out and withstood the pressure to drive a beautiful double clear.
Shortly after the Cones finished there was the medal Awards Ceremony and the Closing Ceremony. First of all some marching girls and a band came onto the arena (and when was the last time you saw Marching Girls?). They did a complete circuit of the arena while the medal podium was arranged.
After all the medals had been awarded it was time for the usual lap of honour by all the medal winners. Then the Gold medalists did a lap of their own. Bram Chardon showed that he is not just a pretty face with a well known name as he galloped his ponies across the arena.
After the medalists left the arena there was another display by the Lipizzaner horses.
We all headed down to MO 1 where Janelle had Captain Jack Sparrow out for a pick of green grass.
We tried hard to get Johnny to “smile” for the camera but he was having none of it.
As a final farewell we all went out for dinner together. We have all had a fantastic week. Janelle has done us proud and we are sad to be saying goodbye. Janelle, Johnny and Jillian head back to Holland at 3.00am tomorrow morning. Glenda and Phil are leaving tomorrow to drive back to Munich to catch a flight home to Adelaide. Debra is flying to Dubai in the next few days and then on home after a short visit with a friend there. Dot and Lorraine are heading to Vienna and then flying home in the next few days. Rhiannon and Kim are flying out of Lubijana tomorrow on a flight to London. Paul and I are flying down to Rome for a few days then flying home arriving Saturday (hopefully to hear of a Geelong premiership win!)
Thank you for all your comments of support to Janelle. I passed them on each day and I know they were most appreciated.
The time has come to end this blog. Here endeth the blog!!