It’s Strzegom week folks, and nobody in their right mind is betting against Michael Jung. He’s riding his little pocket rocket three-time-winner of Rolex, fischerRocana FST, and she’s not his top choice, but she’s not a bad job either. The German team looks especially strong this time around, which really isn’t much of a surprise, but I think they’ve got it in the bag. Sorry everyone else! Don’t forget to check out our guide to following the action all weekend long!
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News From Around the Globe:
Fair Hill is undertaking an estimated $8 million to 10 million in improvements, including reconfiguring the racecourse and irrigating it, renovating the racecourse grandstands, and building tunnels under Route 273 to make crossing that busy road easier and safer. Fair Hill International estimates an additional $3 million will be needed to build arenas and move the cross-country course from its current location to a new venue; the new cross-country course will include land on the steeplechase and timber courses, the old roads and tracks course, and the Saw Mill field, where recognized horse trials are held now. [Saving Ground: Fair Hill’s Equestrian Community Unites to Save Land]
Icabad Crane is still making headlines in the Daily Racing Form, though his racing days are long gone. He’s now paired up with Olivia Dutton, and they’re kicking butt left right and center, most recently with a win in the JYOT at Fair Hill. The relationship between Icabad’s trainer Graham Motion and Phillip Dutton continues to flourish, and shows the world how much you can accomplish with a good Thoroughbred. [Icabad Crane on Top]
After a freak TBI on a trail ride in June of last year, Jessika Kynett of Montana didn’t know if she’d ever be back at the top of her game again. Now, she’s heading to the AEC’s in just two weeks time, with her police officer partner, Tankers. In an incredible story of determination and resolve, Jessika qualified at the Beginner Novice level, and is making the big trek to North Carolina. [Road to AECs]