Description: Dan is a 15h bay Mustang gelding. He served his country until he was injured in battle and retired at age 21, but he is up for doing reenactments. He is a very brave and reliable mount, but he would still be suitable for beginners because he doesn't move around much. He is a very easy keeper, but he overheats easily and has known to have claustrophobic episodes so he should always have a fan in his stall. Not at all spooky.
We all started eventing somewhere. For me, it was back when I lived in Michigan, trotting around local dressage and hunter shows, and then moving up to unrecognized horse trials. Those first few ribbons I won are still hanging in my room to remind me of where I came from. Today we have a guest article on the topic of starter horse trials from Charlene Eurick, who is well connected to top eventers in California. Thanks for writing this Charlene, and thank you for reading.
It is eventing camp season across Eventing Nation, when, for one week out of the year, top programs are turned from organized chaos into unorganized chaos. Patricia from Ecogold spent some time at the O'Connor Event Team camp earlier this week, and told me that she expected to see the camp start with a dressage lesson, but instead it started with mechanical bull riding and natural horsemanship sessions. If you haven't already recognized the picture, the OCET camp is being held at the Virginia Horse Center.
I want to share a story that makes me glow with pride for Eventing Nation. If you recall, in my semi-delirious Sunday morning reader from last weekend I linked to eventer4life's blog. As an aside, I thought it might quite possibly be my last link ever considering I was about to go out on XC with a young horse who can jump a mile but often does so in three different directions at once, but I survived and here we are now. I linked to the blog because it was a young eventer writing about her first horse trials with her new horse and I thought it made for good reading, and Tuesday night eventer4life responded on Sunday morning post with the following comment:
Thank you for putting my blog on here!
I actually had 502 views the day this was posted, up from....4...the day before.
So WOW and thanks again!
You're more than welcome eventer4life; Eventing Nation had a couple of days with 4 readers way back when we started. And well done Eventing Nation--we each are powerless as one person behind a computer, but united together as Eventing Nation we have a great deal of power to influence, and, in this case, make a young eventer's day. Go eventing.
If you recall, last week we published a preview article by Katie Wherley about the Full Moon Farm 1/4 star three-day for novice to elementary level competitors. Margaret Rizzo was kind enough to write a recap of the event, which sounds like it was a lot of fun and very educational. Thanks for writing this Margaret and thank you for reading.
I finally had a chance to catch up with Karen Fulton of Full Moon Farm following their 2nd Annual 1/4 Star Three-Day Event. Immediately following the three-day the Fultons headed off to Surefire Farm for the weekend's horse trials. Needless to say, I think the Fulton family deserves a day off!
Buck Davidson and My Boy Bobby - CIC3*
Phillip Dutton and TruLuck - CC3*
Karen O'Connor and Mandiba - Adv
Amy Tryon and Leyland - Adv
I know a couple of people who have been trying to sell their horses for over a year. We all know the economy is bad right now, and the event horse market is interesting in that it is predominantly upper-middle-class and should therefore be insulated slightly from the downturn, but, on the other hand, horses are one of the first costs that many families look to cut when things get tight.