Nights like last night make me love teaching. Many of my students were coming back from a long weekend due to teacher workshops, and had the enthusiasm and energy that only preteens possess. Even though the sun set early, we made it to the outdoor arena to enjoy the relatively warm weather. Woodloch Stable’s lesson program consists largely of Western students, but many traded their Western saddles for English saddles and tried to tackle the posting trot for the first time. It was an evening of challenges, new accomplishments, and laughter, and I don’t think any of us wanted to go back into the barn after the sun set.
I am thankful to have the opportunity to work with the next generation of cowboys and cowgirls (and eventers!), and there aren’t many things I love more than seeing these determined riders act so passionate about learning new skills. Who knows? Maybe one of them will become the next legend, with countless fans and friends rooting for them. I’m already cheering them on.
Events Closing Today: FEH Qualifier at Loch Moy Farm (MD, A-2), FEH Championships at Loch Moy Farm (MD, A-2), Full Gallop Farm H.T. (SC, A-3), Poplar Place Farm November H.T. (GA, A-3), Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. (TX, A-5)
News and Notes:
Welcome to Sweet Oaks Ranch, Hawley! Hawley Bennett-Awad announced yesterday that she is moving her program to the ranch in Temecula, CA. In addition to offering training, board, and trailer-in lessons, Sweet Oaks Ranch is right across the street from Galway Downs! What an amazing opportunity. For more information on her new digs and to inquire about prices, contact Hawley directly at [email protected]. [Eventing Nation]
Horse shooter goes to jail: Timothy Diggs, 21, was sentenced to “one to two years in jail” for fatally shooting a horse pulling an Amish buggy containing a family of five. The driver, Levi Lapp, and his family were unharmed during this horrible drive-by. [Horsetalk]
Congrats, Emily and Sam! It’s a happy day for Area 4 riders – Emily Shirley and Sam Kelly, both from Minnetrista, MN, topped Saturday’s USEF National Junior and Young Rider One-Star Eventing Championship with a first place on Raptor Force and a second place on Someday Never Comes, respectively. Go Minnesota riders. Go Eventing. [Liz Lund Eventing’s Facebook page]
PRO announces Young Rider winners: The Professional Riders Organization named the winners of its Triple Crown Junior Young Rider PRO Scholarship. Congratulations to Jamie Miess, Margo Goldfarb, Madison Langerak, and Sydney Rice! These accomplished young riders each receive a scholarship for a week of training with upper-level riders such as Jan Byyny, Lynn Symansky, and Matthew Brown. [Chronicle of the Horse]
Product App of the Day: Have you checked out SmartPak’s new SmartBlanket App yet? From personalized blanket recommendations to location-based weather forecasts, this app has you and your horse covered (or not, depending on the weather). Check out iTunes to download the app to your iPhone!
Video of the Day: What happens when a track announcer breathes helium during a race? Hilarity ensues, obviously.