I know that it’s already snowed in lots of places this fall, but I live in Virginia, and I was hoping to keep hold of my southern status a little longer. Unfortunately, Virginia decided to skip fall this year, and go straight from 80 degrees to 20. Sometimes both in one twenty-four hour period! No, I’m not busy changing blankets every four hours, why do you ask?
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Did you know that Nereo and Armada are full brothers? Bred by Ramón Beca and sourced by Andrew Nicholson, these two look-alike blood brothers each have a fantastic record at CCI4* and below. In fact, they are the only two horses in the world to have posted 15 clear cross country rounds at CCI3* and CCI4* each. Armada has four clear and inside the time rounds at Badminton on his record, but his brother Nereo has three, one of which was a win this spring. [Equiratings: Blood Brothers]
Zara Tindall might be actual royalty, but she’s earned her place at the top in the Eventing world too. Having won an individual gold and team silver at the WEG in 2006, Zara remains one of the top competitors in our sport, and was kind enough to look back on her career and share her thoughts with The National for this interesting article. [Zara Tindall on Inspiring Women and Horses in Her Life]
Eric Winter has big plans for Badminton 2018. Having enjoyed his inaugural year as course designer this past spring, Eric wants to bring old style cross country back to the forefront at the famous venue, and plans to give it a big facelift for 2018. [Badminton Cross Country Changes]