Just when we finish up one event, it’s on to the next! We have two U.S. riders in Ireland for the Millstreet CCI3*, Sara Kozumplik Murphy with Rubens D’Ysieux and Jennie Brannigan with Stella Artois. We are channeling chinchilla power to them this week. Go team!
National Holiday: Brazilian Blowout Day *cue hair flip emoji*
U.S. Weekend Action:
‘The most beastly and wild thing you can do.’ What could that be? Burghley of course! Lillian Heard introduces LCC Barnaby to Horse & Hound and talks about what she thinks as a Burghley first-timer. She says she is somewhere between terrified and excited, but we’re sure she will be brilliant. [Burghley first-timers: Lillian Heard – ‘It’s The Most Beastly and Wild Thing You Can Do’]
Gymnastics are at the heart of McLain Ward’s training program. He keeps at least one set at all times, and says that many of his horses “live in gymnastics.” He shares a few secrets of his success at The Royal Canadian Riding Academy including a few gymnastic lineups, game plans for strong horses and controlling your mental game. [McLain Ward Clinic Day 2: Gymnastics For Mind And Body]
Not many would be confident enough to long line via longboard, but it’s no problem for Emma Massingale. She’s traveled the Outer Hebrides in Scotland with her Eriskay ponies, Noah and Storm. These Scottish islands are where the Eriskay ponies hail from, though they are the most endangered native UK ponies. Of course this feat wouldn’t be complete without a dog too – that’s where Inka the dachshund comes it. [Trainer’s Horseboarding Adventure with Rare Ponies and a Sausage Dog]
Monday Video: A good link to keep handy when you explain to your friend again what eventing is all about.