Is it just me, or are next year’s World Equestrian Games are beginning to feel like they are upon us? Maybe they’re just upon me. This week I got the official approval for my media credentials, a very exciting moment for me. Even though it was just an email that said “2010 WEG Credential Approval Notification” and not something shiny sent through postal mail that I could tack to my bulletin board and gaze at, it was still cool.
In any case, the email inspired me to visit the WEG website, where I came to terms with some very important realizations:
- I looked up the competition dates (I’ve got media access to dressage, eventing and show jumping) naively assuming that all three disciplines would be crammed together World Cup Las Vegas-style. But no, a full fourteen days stretch from the first day of dressage to the final jumping competition.
- Crap. Can I possibly take a full two weeks off from my job(s) and life to indulge in fourteen days of international competition?
- At $79/night for the cheapest hotel room (yes, most equine journalists must pay our own way!) can I even afford to?? Double crap.
- I definitely do not know enough people who live in or around Lexington. Bribing or begging my way into some free accommodations is so not going to happen.
- If I can’t see every moment of every discipline, how will I possibly pick and choose? Watching Moorlands Totilas’ freestyle or the show jumping top four horse swap is a choice I don’t want to have to make.
- Sadly, I don’t have access to the reining competition, which means that I’ll have to devise a plan to sneak into it if Will Simpson makes good on his declaration to compete in both disciplines. That I will not miss!
- Apparently this schedule that I am hinging major life decisions upon is “tentative and subject to change.” And that means what exactly?!?
The little ticker on the homepage informs me that I have 281 days to organize my life. I think it just smirked at me.