Jessica Phoenix is the subject of a the new book ‘Rise’, coming out soon, which details her recovery from a life-threatening injury in 2015 to achieving a second team spot on the Canadian Olympic team. I have always been a touch jealous of Jessica’s last name, which lends itself so well to metaphor of the best kind.
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Sometimes greatness spans generations. Many may remember Jane Sleeper and her mare UN tacking Rolex and Burghley in past years. Now UN’s legacy has continued on not only in her offspring but in her years as a schoolmaster. Now 22, she has broguth others through to the Intermediate level while her first offspring are confidently tackling the 2* level and jumpers. [UN Spreads Her Legacy]
We’ve all heard horror stories of tack malfunctioning, but this takes the cake. Ginny Howe and her mount Echo P were both lucky to walk away unscathed after they had a girth completely give way two strides out from a table in a CCI2*. The girth appeared to give out internally, despite visual inspection prior to their run, and the rider and saddle were well enough balanced that they didn’t even realize something was wrong until a few strides from the next combination. [Watch Eventer Survive Hairy Moment]
Four-star events can both be nail-biters to the finish and foregone conclusions. Gwendolen Fer and Romantic Love’s win at Pau was done by the narrowest margin allowed by eventing scoring, and they aren’t the only ones to eke out at win in a stunning finish. EquiRatings takes a look at several of the tightest finishes as well as the biggest margins that we’ve seen at the 4* level in the past decade. [A Game of Inches]
SmartPak Product of the Day: SmartPak is having one of their perk sales, meaning anything of the SmartPak brand is on sale. I use this opportunity to pick up staples like this small-hole haynet, which keeps my brats from tearing out all their hay and throwing it on the floor of the trailer, then looking at me sadly when there is no hay left. [SmartPak]