I want to remind everyone that today is the final day to enter the EN blogger contest. John is so excited about this contest; I think he is hoping to meet his future Mrs. this way. Go on; get your sample writings in! And just as a side note to Annie- I am NO stalker. I would never spend a Saturday night stalking Facebook. Never, ever.
Now for some news...
In case you missed it in the intro, Area V won gold in the CH-J* at NAJYRC. Area V lead the competition from start to finish. Team member, Alyssa Phillips, took the individual gold on her mount, Sundance Bay. In the CHY-** Area III came home with the victory. Devon Brown was the individual gold medalist with Jacob Fletcher bringing the sliver back to Texas. [GOLD]
Sunday will mark the official end of a competitive career for Toytown. Zara Philips incredible mount, also known as "Noddy," will be officially retired from competition at 1:45pm at the Gatcombe Horse Trials. Zara and Noddy had an incredible career together. They are probably best known for their World Champion title in Aachen. Noddy has been the horse of a lifetime for Zara and will enjoy his retirement by hacking out and grazing at the lovely Gatcombe Park. [Toytown]
US rider, Kent Farrington, won the King's Cup in England this past weekend. He topped the field with just a .5 second lead. This was Farrington's first trip to the West Sussex venue and I would say he left them with something to think about. [Farrington Wins]
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Michael Whitaker will be absent from the final days of competition at Royal International. An incident occurred in Whitaker's hotel room on Friday night. He was released from the local police station on Saturday with no charge. Whitaker left the competition early to go home and prepare for Dublin. Because I am apparently a stalker, I will stalk because my curiosity wants to know what happened! [Whitaker statement]
If you are looking for a way to spend more money, just join the virtual scene! However, be careful- things can go down hill. Legal trouble is never good trouble! I don't honestly really get this whole virtual thing and it seems kind of weird. But I thought I would share it with you. Thanks RAP for the link. [Make your own judgement]
In the US this weekend, Millbrook Horse Trials is taking place. Millbrook usually plays host to many top riders. Lets hope for good weather for all involved! The HT will benefit the Duchess Land Conservancy (a non-profit). For all in the area of Millbrook this weekend, I highly suggest attending. You are bound to see some good riding. [Millbrook HT]
Across the pond, the British Eventing Championships are taking place. Many top British and foriegn riders will be on hand to compete for their chance at the blue. Gatcombe is an incredible event with extremly challenging courses. It will be a battle till the end. I believe they also run XC in reverse order of standing (if I remember correctly). In addition to the championship, there is another Express Eventing competition. Express Eventing is getting bigger in the UK. Do we think it will take off here? [Gatcombe]