We've just arrived in Aachen, which is without doubt one of the greatest shows in the world. To give you an example of the calibre and class of the show the practice arena would be good enough to hold any international Grand Prix!
It's a six day show and will be a long week. I've taken K Club Lady and Splendor. The first day of jumping starts tomorrow, Tuesday, where I will put K Club Lady in the 1m45 class and Splendor in the 1m50.
The Nations Cup is on Thursday with the second round under lights at night, and promises to be, as always, a great competition.
Because of the sheer size of the arena the courses here tend not to be that technical but the jumps are bold and impressive and probably bigger than anywhere else.
The Irish team is lying in sixth place at the moment in the Meydan series and with four of the ten teams being relegated this year a top three performance is imperative. With only three legs left - Aachen, Hickstead and Dublin - we won't be sure of staying up in the league until the last horse comes out of the ring in the RDS next month.
Robert Splaine has called on his strongest team riders here, all of whom have vast Nations Cup experience and who are capable of delivering under pressure. It will be a tough battle but we all understand the importance of it and one thing is for certain - everybody will be trying their absolute best.
Check back on Thursday night for updates. Meanwhile, you can follow the live scores on the Horse Sport Ireland website (www.horsesportireland.ie) from about 6.30pm on Thursday or for live video see www.feitv.org