Ain’t no rest for the wicked, as the song goes! We’ve got full coverage of Blenheim this weekend courtesy of the amazing Samantha Clark, and I’m off to Five Points to try out some new strategies with my ever monstrous horse Nyls in the Advanced. I’m lucky in that he never makes things boring, and I’m always able to continue pushing my abilities and learning new ways to make our performance better, and it’s time to see if some of the work is paying off. I think that’s my favorite thing about eventing, you can never learn enough!
U.S. Weekend Preview:
News From Around the Globe:
Kim Severson lives a real life “pay it forward” moment by bequeathing her CCI4* and WEG partner Fernhill Fearless to a local young rider. Sparky, as he is fondly known, is now partnered with Gabby Dickerson, a young professional (who lives right down the road from me, holla Gabby!) so that he can give her miles at the upper levels in the next stage of his life. After the Ligon family gave him to Kim following the 2012 London Olympics, he served as a team horse for her at the 2014 WEG, and now he’s ready to show Gabby how it’s done. [Sparky & Gabby Take On the World]
We all know that show jumping warmup gets a little crazy these days. Let’s just call this a public service announcement, and then also add that you should use your common sense in the warmup area. LEFT TO LEFT PEOPLE. Also, don’t hog the jumps and set up crazy contraptions that nobody else can share and then jump fifty jumps in a row and have approximately five slaves stationed at “your” jump so that you can have them tweaked precisely the way you want, OK? [Competition Warm Up Reminders]
Ready to meet the four members of the US Paralympic Equestrian Team? The Equestrian Paralympics are coming this weekend, September 11-16 in Rio. We have the ambitious 18-year-old rider Sydney Collier on Western Rose, Rebecca Hart on Schroeters Romani in their third Paralympic appearance, former eventer Margaret McIntosh on the appropriately named Rio Rio, and Angela Peavy in her Paralympic debut with Lancelot Warrior. [Meet the US Paralympic Team]
Daily Brain Teaser: [Spoiler, I Don’t Know The Answer]
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