There are moments in sport that make you stop and take pause. What is the significance of all the games we play? Sometimes all the money and rules and pressure feel a bit trivial or even counterproductive to our true happiness. Sometimes the greatness, the triumph, and the sweetness seem hard to come by.
But I feel like it all comes back into focus when I see this beautiful photo. Meghan O’Donoghue got the ride this summer on the late Philippa Humphrey’s Rich N Famous, and watching them glow in the Fair Hill sunshine this weekend and grow together as a partnership is at the heart of something very important indeed. Triumph in the face of tragedy, growth in the face of adversity, joy in the experience is why it’s all worth it, and why we must all keep striving for the beautiful moments. This is why it matters.
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U.S. Weekend Results:
Monday News and Notes:
Researchers assess three treatment methods for sand colic: Researchers in Finland have released their findings from a study which compared some of the most common treatments for sand colic to determine which processes were the most effective. One group was fed psyllium, one group was delivered psyllium by gastric tubing, and a third group was given psyllium by nasogastric tubing. Group three had the best outcome. [Researchers Study Sand Colic in Horses]
Andreas Dibowski is Coming Stateside. In conjunction with the American Trakehner Association’s national convention at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, German team gold medalist Andreas Dibowski will be teaching a two-day clinic for levels Beginner Novice to Advanced. The group lessons will be four riders or less per group, and will include instruction in show jumping and cross country. More information available at American Trakehner Association website.
Strzegom Horse Trials in Poland are like Whoa: If you want to fall down a rabbit hole of beautiful eventing backdrops, check out the Instagram feed and photos on Facebook from the Strzegom Fall Festival HT in Poland. The CCI3* winner was Germany’s Julia Krajewski aboard Chipmunk FRH, and the CIC3* winner was Italy’s Vittoria Pannizon on Merlots Magic. Congratulations, ladies!
Irish Horses are Having the Best Weekend Ever. The Irish equestrians were blowing up our news feeds this weekend in multiple sports on multiple continents: Three Irish Sport Horses finished in the top ten at Pau CCI4* (Qalao des Mers/Maxime Livio 1st, One Two Many/Nicola Wilson 4th, and Portersize Just a Jiff/Camilla Speirs 6th) and show jumper Cian O’Connor was in the top ten at the CSI5* Longines Indoor World Cup Series in Oslo. See the full Irish weekend brag list here. [Horse Sport Ireland]
Monday Video: Check out Lauren Keiffer’s colorful ride in the FEH five-year-old class at Fair Hill this weekend, Landmark’s Mochachino