Made it back to Jamhuri Park in great time this morning because traffic was quite a bit less. Had the camera with me in the front seat this time to try to get some photos of the sites along the way. The road was just as bad and the people walking were still numerous.
It was nice to feel like we knew a bit more what to expect as we entered the Equestrian Center. Karen met with her trainer and prepared for her event. The excitement mounted. Karen walked the event arena with another rider friend and then it all began.
Karen once again handled herself and her
horse with poise. The announcer said her name and the horse she was riding, the bell rang, and Karen’s round began! Karen lined her horse up for the first jump quite nicely, but three times that stubborn horse shied away and refused to jump…..when just a few minutes earlier it was jumping nicely in the practice ring. Karen was once again disqualified from this event. We considered
changing her horse’s name from Sololo to Jump Stupid. 🙂
Karen was given the option of joining in horse games at the end of the day if she wanted. Karen thought she would try it so she and I settled in for a day of watching horse jumping
while John volunteered to take Anisa and her friend back home.
The day was beautiful and warm.
What took us about 30 minutes to drive in the morning, took John 1 hour and 10 minutes later in the day as he returned across town to the horse event.
There were six teams of four ranging from kids so young they needed a trainer to run with them to older kids like Karen. Their objective was to start on their horse, go over to a
bucket and pull out a flag on a stick, weave through poles to the other end of the field and
put the flag in a bucket, hop off the horse and quickly lead it through a little back and forth weave through some poles, then climb back on the horse, pick up a card and race
Karen’s team did very well the first time and won their round. Everyone was very serious
and did their best to get their horse to do these silly things. The parents were very vocal on the side lines about cheering everyone on! 🙂
Because Karen’s team won, they moved on to race against two more teams. The kids were still playing hard to win but more smiles were involved as they knew more of what was expected this time around through the course. Horses were sometimes being stubborn,
sometimes moving too quickly, sometimes kids had trouble getting on and off, the list of
unpredictable items goes on. When all was finished, Karen’s team had a time that put them in second place! All riders brought horses up to the fence in front of the parents and lined up for the ribbon ceremony. There were lots of ribbons handed out and pictures taken. It was a fun way to end the day!
However, as soon as the event finished and
people were packing up to go home, there was an announcement made about rioting happening nearby in the city and we were encouraged to find alternate ways to go home. We were thankful for the warning, which we had actually gotten a bit before from a friend we had made earlier in the day who works at
the US Embassy and they get the safety alerts. It sounds as if students were protesting about some deaths that had happened recently by blocking roads in the city, putting burning tires there, and throwing rocks to people who tried to pass by.
As we left the Equestrian Center, there was a very long line of blocked traffic heading into the city and the smell of burning tires
hung in the air. We turned away from the city and took a long route home through the surrounding countryside.
God granted us safety throughout the day and during the ride home for which we are thankful. Karen had another rosette (ribbon) to add to her collection of medals and ribbons in her room. 🙂