Kim Severson is a great eventer, but I didn't mean to overlook the other 2 Americans who travelled to England for Badminton this weekend. Jan Byyny, of Purcellville, VA, and Gina Miles, of Woodside, CA, are also competing. Gina's horse, McKinlaigh, is a beautiful, big (17.2 hands) Irish Thoroughbred (Gina and McKinlaigh are shown in the picture above). He is one of my favorite horses, and I just wanted to quickly recognized them and wish them well at their first Badminton. They are currently in 26th place after dressage, but I'm sure they will move up a good bit after tomorrow's cross-country is run. McKinlaigh is just one of those big, solid, "old school" event horses that looks amazing across country. He makes everything look fun and easy, and Gina always has a smile on her face when they go galloping by. That's the way it should be!
(Photography by Tim Nicholls)