One big difference between shows in Europe and the United States is that judges and competitors are free to talk and even mingle here! I love being able to walk through a crowd and talk to Kyra or meet someone new! It is so much more friendly. I am not sure why in the USA we are all so suspicious ! Talking to a trainer or rider does not mean I will score them higher. I think we need to be able to trust each other’s moral standards.
The atmosphere is much more friendly for sure! I have to say at this show the bleachers are pretty empty, mostly standing by the rails are the grooms and family. I think Florida is on the right track with the full house on freestyle night!
Today is the CDIO Grand Prix and I would expect more spectators as well! Sunny to start but rain and wind for later in the day. The booths are very comfy all enclosed and with heaters. No computers.