Greenwich Park

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Greenwich Park London Reviews

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A golden afternoon Aug 20, 2012
'Free' only applies to entry to the park. I have no doubt that one of the better ways of spending half a day in London is a trip to Greenwich, visiting the Observatory and the Cutty Sark and stepping on both sides at once of the international date line, travelling one way by boat to/from Westminster.

However on this particular occasion (6 August, 2012) we only had time for the last of these activities. We were using Guy's second lot of Olympic Games tickets (see review of Olympic Park for the first.) Although the same warm spirit of the volunteers was just the same, we did not feel that the organisation was quite as good as at Olympic Park but there was adequate compensation. The event in the Equestrian Stadium was Individual Preliminaries and Team Finals in Show Jumping.

As Great Britain had made a major entry into matters equestrian in both Eventing and Dressage, we were obviously most interested in the latter but it was no hardship to sit in such great surroundings on a lovely afternoon and watch the 22 individuals who were not in team finals.

At the beginning of the team finals Saudi Arabia were in the lead (after the preliminaries) with GB second equal. Four horses jumped in each team (one per round) and after this GB and the Netherlands were tying for first place so the course had to be reset for a jump-off. Four horses had to jump again for each team and, had the number of faults then been equal, the time taken by each team would have been taken into account.

The tension was terrific with only small sounds of appreciation, relief or disappointment followed by uproar as GB horses did clear rounds.

It was an outstanding afternoon leading to a first gold for GB in the event in over 50 years. I only wished my horse-loving granddaughter could have been with us as well.
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