With the AECs and Burghley all wrapped up into one weekend, I can barely contain myself. I’m cheering for people far and wide, and watching all the amazing photos and videos (ahem, DONNER “trotting” at Burghley) with jealousy. I hope every horse remembers to keep his/her head down, jump all the things, and leaves all the colored poles in the cups!
We have Jenni Autry and Tilly Berendt on the grounds at Burghley and Leslie Wylie reporting at the AECs, so keep it locked on EN for coverage from around the globe. Go Eventing!
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Time is running out to apply for the Essex Horse Trials Grant and Seema Sonnad Junior Rider’s Grant! The deadline is midnight tomorrow, Sept. 1. If you are 25 and under and riding at the CIC3* level, you are eligible to apply for the $10,000 Essex Horse Trials Grant. Riders 18 and under competing at the CCI* level are eligible for the $5,000 Seema Sonnad Junior Rider’s Grant. [More Details Here]
Not only does the AECs offer $100,000 in prize money spread across divisions, but your shopping options are almost unlimited. Hosted at Tryon, you can have a glass of wine while you watch the action, and then toddle on down to the shopping center for just about anything your heart desires. Need a saddle? A new pair of fancy tall boots? Does you horse need some amazing jumping boots? The shopping is almost as good as Rolex. [Shopping at AECs]
Iconic Northern Irish retired jockey, AP McCoy, is turning his talents to the eventing world when he takes on the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials this weekend with surprise ‘ride’ 8.3hh World Horse Welfare Pamela, as announced on social media yesterday. AP plans to add Burghley to his list of accomplishments, alongside three Guinness World Records and wins in races like the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Also, Pamela is freaking adorable. [AP McCoy Takes Burghley on a Palomino]
Self criticism is a tricky thing with equestrian pursuits, and while being willing to take on responsibility for things when they go wrong is important, too much can hurt your performance. Sports psychology demands that we envision the positive before going out on course, and if you’re stuck with negative thoughts, it’s hard to have a good round. Try these quick tips from Noelle Floyd to banish those feelings. [How to Kick Self Criticism to the Curb]
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Keep it coming with your support for horses in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. There are several equine disaster relief funds specifically aimed at this, as well as loads of smaller local fundraisers that appreciate money and donations in kind. Help heal Houston! [How to Help Houston Horses]
“No, you’ve had enough grass Pamela”