When I was growing up, my backyard was basically always full of ponies and horses, and I was basically an only child so I just hung out in the fields a lot to entertain myself. I found this gem today, of this old polo pony that lived at my house, his name was Riemenschnieder (I know, a mouthful), but we called him Remo. He would let me go out in the field and literally scale his body to climb on his back, and if he started walking too fast for my liking, I would pretend to fall off, and he would immediately stop. I remember it being so deeply hilarious, but good god, what a nice horse he was. Also, you love my outfit, admit it.
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Tamra Smith’s rising star, Sunsprite Syrius, is known around the barn as The Serial Killer. That’s due to his less than friendly attitude towards other horses, but he loves his people! Fun fact number two: he has never been outside the top three in the 11 FEI events he has competed in, including winning his debut at the CIC3* level recently at Galway Downs. [Behind the Stall Door: Sunsprite Syrius]
Britain has been hit really hard this spring with too much rain, causing cancellations up and down the list. However, organizers at Badminton are confident that they can keep the event going as scheduled. Many riders are worried about preparing for the big event, having maybe only one competition under their belts before heading to the hardest four star in the world. Don’t worry though, defending champions Andrew Nicholson and Nereo won’t mind if they have to go in cold. [Badminton Will Beat Wet Weather]
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Training video of the week! Boyd Martin worked with a group of riders to practice rideability with their horses using a figure-8 pattern over two verticals with a long approach before the fence and a roll-back turn after the fence. Martin encouraged the riders to use their heads to gently look where they are going to direct the horse and stay square in their position instead of swinging their bodies to encourage the horse to turn. [Eventing Training Online]
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Just gearing up for NotRolex in my mind….