If that picture doesn’t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will. Indiana eventer Lee Ann Zobbe sent us this photo of her youngest student, Addie, riding her fantastic horse Blaze. Addie is 8 and Blaze is 14, and they were part of a group of eventers who came south to Pine Top for a few weeks to escape the winter and enjoy the spring events. Addie was thrilled to volunteer at the Advanced horse trials a little while ago, and was both a fence judge and a cross country warm up steward, proving that even the youngest ones can be the backbone of the sport. Afterwards, Addie got to zoom around on Blaze and jump herself!
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The Kentucky Horse Park has graciously opened the Alltech Arena for schooling due to the inclement weather impacting Lexington and the surrounding horse community. Schooling times are 4-7 p.m. Feb. 26, Feb. 27 and March 2-6. Cost is $20 per horse; pay by check upon arrival or credit card over the phone only. Bring health papers and negative coggins for each horse, as well as a signed liability waiver. Email Nicole Rivera at Nicole.Rivera@ky.gov to sign up for schooling.
Interested in a lengthy Eric Smiley clinic extravaganza? Meghan Perry Eventing is hosting Eric for nine days, March 10-18, at Bridle Creek Farm in Aiken, SC. As a world-class trainer, CCI4* rider, FEI official and coach to the Belgian 2012 Olympic Team, Eric brings a lot of knowledge and enthusiasm to the sport. There are opportunities for riders from Beginner Novice to Advanced, in the form of camps, two-day clinics, and private lessons. [Eric Smiley Visits Aiken]
Attention all Aiken Eventers! Kick off the eventing weekend at Sporting Days by attending a Young Rider benefit party TONIGHT, 5:30 to 8:30 at Tod’s Hill. No admission, lots of food and drinks and music! There will be a raffle to benefit USEA Young Riders and Aiken Equine Rescue, and you can come right off the course walk wearing your muck boots. Grab some food and drink, and check out the raffle! [Splendid Days Splendid Nights]
If you’re a young rider competing at Sporting Days this weekend, you should think about entering the Cross Border Young Rider Challenge! There is no extra cost to enter, and you can join a team or make your own team of friends. Open to all riders under 21, and extra prizes for the taking! Email Chris Donovan for your entry. [Cross Border Challenge]
Due to the success of previous George Morris clinics with the unruly Eventing crowd, he’s coming back for more. Set the date on your calendar, May 26-27th, George is coming to Cochranville PA to teach at Windurra. Get your notebooks out and your cameras ready to make some meme magic, because really, what is a George Morris clinic without memes these days? (Secret bonus to this post, Boyd is handing out his phone number, so you can prank him on text if you want). [Boyd & Silva Host George Morris]
Weird confession: I’m always super jealous of people who have matching custom director chairs in front of their stalls at events. For some reason, this always just seemed super cool to me! If you’re like me, you’ll have harbored a secret longing for your own pair for some time now. Great news guys: SmartPak can make you some custom colored and monogrammed chairs to take to shows and look fancy with! I’m totally getting some, and you should join me. [SmartPak Product of the Day]
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