Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Hardcore Eventing fan for real. Photo courtesy of Nanette Schumaker.

Alright guys, the ante has been upped for the 2017 AECs. Now you have to get a tattoo of it to prove that you went, alongside competing agains the best of the best within your level. I mean, Nanette Schumaker is hard core! We know riders get the four stars on their body and fill them in as they go, but this just tops them all!

[European Eventing Championships]

National Holiday: National Fajita Day!

#FEIEuros2017: WebsiteRide Times & Live ScoresFEI TVEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Huntington Farm H.T. [Website]

Waredaca Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Full Gallop Farm August H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

News From Around the Globe:

We can’t get over Bettina Hoy’s test at the Europeans on Seignuer Medicott. Really, nobody can get over scoring a 24.6, a full 9.8 points ahead of second placed Thomas Carlile and Upsilon. We all knew she was good on the flat, but breaking records at the European Championships? C’mon Bettina, now you’re just embarrassing us all! [Hoy Breaks Records at Europeans]

Riders are prepared for Rudiger Schwarz’s championship course, and ready for the challenge. Oliver Townend says this is the toughest course he’s ever seen on a championship level, and the course is being taken seriously by all competitors. Compared to a “go-kart course”, it demands obedience and accuracy at every single fence, which ensures that this will certainly not be a dressage competition after all. [Riders React to Europeans XC Course]

Mike Smith, one of the nation’s oldest jockeys, is trading quantity for quality. He’s come to a point in his career where he can be really picky about what horses he rides, and now he rides only the best. 169 mounts in 2017 in North American races had been converted into just over $15 million in purse money, which computed to $88,832 for each break from the gate. That does not even include the Dubai World Cup in March, in which Smith, riding Arrogate, won $6 million. [Iron Mike Smith Rides Less to Make More]

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