Today I am off on an adventure to Holland! My sister is graciously taking me with her as she goes to the dressage holy land in search of her new champion partner, and since I prefer the <$10 range for my horses, it’s my first chance to see and experience an overseas horse shopping trip. Sadly, it’s all dressage horses all the time, but I’m hopeful that maybe somewhere in one of those barns is an extra horse that just seems like it wants to do cross country and they just want to do a two-for-one deal. Hey, it could happen, so I’m bringing my helmet just in case!
U.S. Weekend Preview:
Great Vista H.T. [Website]
Golden Spike H.T. [Entry Status/Ride Times]
News From Around the Globe:
Once again, Michael Jung is the one to beat as we head into Luhmuhlen this weekend. Michael did the unusual and took both of his four-star champions right from Rolex where they both performed acceptably (read: extreme understatement) and now to a second spring four-star. I suppose the World/European/Olympic Champion gets to do what he wants. Besides that, the entry list is stacked, and it will be a tight race for sure. Thank goodness we have Wylie on the ground to bring us all the important updates throughout the weekend! [Michael Jung is the One To Beat]
Ingrid Klimke is out to keep her lead in the HSBC FEI Classics series this weekend at Luhmuhlen. After winning Pau in the fall and just placing second at Badminton, Ingrid returns to her hometown four-star with FRH Escada JS, her partner in the team gold and individual silver medals at European Championships in 2013. No German rider has ever won the Classics series, but Ingrid currently has a four point lead over three-time winner WFP, who is without a mount this weekend. Can she do it? [Ingrid Klimke Gunning For A Win]
That moment when The Chronicle of The Horse writes an article on one of the writers at Eventing Nation? Yep, that happened. Our girl Maggie Deatrick got her own article from COTH as she tackles Great Meadow CIC3* this weekend with her amazing horse Dante. Not only is Maggie a prediction expert extraordinaire, but she’s also has a full time “real person job”, which makes competing at this level even more impressive. Go Maggie! [One to Watch: Amateur Rider Maggie Deatrick]
Kathryn Robinson is the only European competing at the Pan American Games. Riding for Canada, but based in Gloucestershire for many years now, she was foiled in her plans for Badminton this spring by an ill-timed broken ankle, and fortune came through in the form of the Pan Ams this summer. This will be her first team experience, and she’s hoping that it will prepare her well for an Olympic bid, which is her ultimate goal. [British Based Eventer Goes to Pan Ams]
Best of Blogs: “Immediate Opening for Barn Help….Here’s the Deal”
This is only ten minutes, and it’s worth hearing Kyle Carter speak to what goes on behind team selection. Kyle isn’t the only one surprised that he was left off the Canadian Pan American Games team.