Monday News and Notes from Success Equestrian

Hawley Bennett and Jennifer McFall discuss the CIC3* course at Galway. Photo from Earl and Jennifer McFall's Facebook page. Hawley Bennett and Jennifer McFall discuss the CIC3* course at Galway. Photo from Earl and Jennifer McFall's Facebook page.

Going back to work on a Monday after a great weekend is usually a total bummer. I was prepared to be in a bad mood this morning because I’d be stuck inside, staring out the window at the perfect-for-a-gallop weather, and then I realized we’re just twenty five days from Rolex! Granted, I’m still trying to figure out how exactly I’m going to get from California to Rolex without invoking the wrath of my boss, but where there’s a will, there’s a way right? I may just have to fly in on Friday night, rent a car or have Sally pick me up, pop over the next morning to enjoy some cross-country action and make an ass of myself at the EN Tailgate Party and then fly out early Sunday morning. Insanity in the middle, right here folks.

Weekend Results:

Galway Downs International H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]
Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]
Full Gallop Farm H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]
Morven Park Spring H.T. [Website]  [Final Scores]
Rocking Horse Spring H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Events Opening This Week:
Hitching Post Farm Horse Trials (VT, A-1) Kelly’s Ford Horse Trials (VA, A-2) Greater Dayton H.T. (OH, A-8) Otter Creek Spring H.T. (WI, A-4) The Event at Galisteo (NM, A-10) Kent School Spring H.T. (CT, A-1) CCC Spring Gulch H.T. (CO, A-9) CHC International at Chattahoochee Hills (GA, A-3) Fair Hill International H.T. (MD, A-2)

Monday News and Notes:

Need a fine French saddle? Or a bouquet of Lorenzini colored stirrups to match your cross country colors/mood of the moment? EN sponsor Devoucoux is excited to welcome Alison Wilaby to their team of experts as technical advisor for Kentucky and the surrounding area. She’s happy to talk knee roll or hard-to-fit-needs. Hit her up at [email protected]551-655-9403, or check out the Devoucoux Kentucky Facebook page. [Devoucoux]

With 2014 being a WEG year, we’re sure to see a lot of star power at the destination events. While you’ll be able to watch many EN favorites as they tackle Rolex, you’ll have to pop over the pond to catch some others at Badminton. Australian riders will be in full force at Badminton, with 13 of the currently accepted riders hailing from down under. This year Badminton had a total of 130 entries.  Wow! [More from weeklytimesnow.com.au]

Speaking of Badminton, if you’re going and fancy going on a course talk with some of the best in the world, two such opportunities are up for grabs! Zara Phillips, Richard Waygood and Philip Surl will lead Thursday’s course walk while Laura Collett and Gary Parsonage will lead Friday’s. Only 30 spots are available for each of the course walks. One of the spots could be yours for a donation to benefit the British equestrian team. [More from horseandcountry.tv]

New Zealand is also getting prepared for WEG. Interestingly, the Kiwis won’t be sending any dressage riders to WEG, instead shifting their dressage team’s focus toward Rio in 2016. Six eventers will represent New Zealand, four of them as a team and two as individuals. There is a slim chance that Jock Paget may end up on the team, but that would require the FEI to exonerate him after Clifton Promise’s positive drug test last year. [More from horsetalk.co.nz]

Talk about a dream team! Eventing superstar Buck Davidson Jr. and H. Graham Motion, trainer of 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, are teaming up for University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs’ next Distinguished Industry Lecture Series.  The event takes place on April 21st and is free to the public.  If you’re arriving early in the week before Rolex, this would certainly be something to put on your to-do list! [More from thehorse.com]

Six horses are recovering  in Santa Barbara, Calif., after a trailer crash over the weekend. Eight horses were in the seven-horse trailer which flipped on its side after failing to negotiate a tight curve. Sadly, two of the horses did not survive the accident. One died at the scene due to its injuries; the other had to be euthanized. The majority of the surviving horses were transported to Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Clinic and are making steady progress towards recovery. [More from KEYT.com]

Monday Video: Check out some safe cross-country riding tips from British Eventing!

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