Our winter in Virginia was the driest in the whole world, which was great because no mud! But now it’s spring, and I literally don’t get a single week without several days of rain. What is this, England!? We are not built to handle such things! I want warm spring weather and chirping birds and grass that doesn’t need to be mowed every five days, darn it!
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Derby winning trainer Todd Pletcher has donated the value of his Derby prize to TB rehoming organizations. Pletcher is keeping the Dodge Ram truck, but he donated the value of the new truck to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and New Vocations, two well known organizations that help racehorses find new homes and new careers. Aside from this big donation, Pletcher has been a supporter of both organizations for several years, and has always been involved in the racehorse rehoming movement. [Derby Winner Donates to TB Charities]
Clark Montgomery is giving back some of what he learned in his years abroad now that he’s back based in the US. Clark is based in Lexington, Kentucky now but he is traveling to many different states to give clinics for dressage, show jumping, and cross country. The USEA has a new series with featured clinicians, including videos, photos and direct quotes from a recent clinic with Clark in Maryland. [Featured Clinician: Clark Montgomery]
Erik Duvander is on a clinic tour of the US right now, and your next opportunity to get in on the action is Sandy River Equestrian Center on July 20-21. Erik is the ex High Performance Team Coach for New Zealand, and has over 30 years experience coaching at the highest levels with the top performers from all across the world. This clinic is in Axton, Virginia, and will focus on show jumping the first day, and cross country the second day. [Erik Duvander July Clinic]
There comes a time in a girl’s life when she realizes that ALL her saddle pads are pretty gross and need to go into the trash. I’ve been holding on to a few saddle pads way past their legitimate lifetime, just because they’re not obviously trashed yet. Saddle pad hoarding, anyone? However, my conscience was cleared when I saw that SmartPak has an AP saddle pad that comes in eleven different colors, and costs just $18. Time to refresh the inventory in the barn! [SmartPak Product of the Day]
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