Vandiver is en route to Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials. Between the CCI3* and CIC3* divisions, Blenheim now offers a huge sum of most prize money with a £50,000 purse. Doug will join five other Americans in the CCI3* division, Liz Halliday-Sharp, Lauren Kieffer, Tiana Coudray, Kim Severson and Hannah Sue Burnett. We have been thrilled to cheer on so many U.S. riders overseas this season! Blenheim begins next Wednesday, Sept 13.
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U.S. Weekend Preview:
News From Around the Globe:
With Texas still reeling form Hurricane Harvey, Florida is bracing for Hurricane Irma. Training hot spots like Wellington, Fla. look to be right in the path of danger, and many horse owners are evacuating. A document has been shared on social media with over 300 housing and transport options for horses. Please share with anyone seeking shelter from Irma! [East Coast Evacuation List]
We are sad to say goodbye to Richland Park Horse Trials. The event faithfully served the eventing community for nearly 20 years. It was well knowns for it’s fantastic footing, thoughtful courses and spectacular volunteers. Richland gave lower level riders the chance to stable and ride alongside the top riders of the sport. Thank you, Bob and Kay Willmarth for all you have done! [What An Amazing Ride]
Bless horse show dads. Many of them show up to your horse show green as grass, but they always try their hardest to learn the sport. Lawyer-turned-horse show dad Chad Oldfather admits he may not know too much about horses, but as a professor, he knows a lot about learning, and he draws parallels that relate how people learn in the classroom and in the arena. [COTH Horse Show Dad: Some Thoughts On Teaching And Learning]
Since I was little, I’ve always loved reading George Morris’ critique of submitted rider position in Practical Horseman. I see a rider that looks similar to me, and wonder what his comments might be about me. To this day, I still haven’t been bold enough to submit anything, but I am staying hopeful that one day the perfect image will produce itself! [Jumping Clinic with Georgie Morris]