This past weekend I hung out at the Kentucky Horse Park being a groom for my wife as she competed in the U.S. Dressage Finals. I spent half my time pining for Rolex this coming spring as I walked around the cross country course and the other half more nervous than ever. In fact I am way more nervous as Nicki prepares for her dressage tests than when I’m getting ready to go out on cross country.
Nicki put in an amazing test on her and her mother’s homebred Oldenburg DeLiza to end up reserve champion in the open 4th Level Musical Freestyle Championship. Our collective show season has now officially come to an end, which leaves me counting the days until we head out to our first show of 2016. I guess you could say I’m a glutton for punishment.
Events Opening Today: None
Events Closing this Week: Pine Top Thanksgiving H.T. (GA, A-3)
Tuesday News and Notes:
Missing Event Horse in Texas: Rio Paisano’s Shutterbug, owned by Bethany Quine, was taken from his stall between Sunday (11/8/2015) night and Monday (11/9/2015) morning from Buckbranch Farm in Wilmer, Texas. Rio is a 17hh chestnut gelding with flaxen mane and tail, blaze, and two hind socks as well as a North American Oldenburg brand. If you have any info regarding his whereabouts please contact Bethany at (214) 641-5656
Eventer Holds Her Own at US Dressage Finals: Intermediate level eventer, Selena Pape, spend the weekend dancing around the white fencing at the US Dressage Finals in Lexington, Kentucky. Riding her mare Vanity, a 10 year old Holsteiner, she competed in the AA Fourth Level Championshp as well as the AA Prix St. Georges Championship. Selena and Vanity finished 8th in the Fourth Level AA Championship and 11th in the Prix St. Georges Championship. [Eventing Champions Selena Pape and Vanity Excel in Dressage Arena]
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Cosmopolitan II put Down: William Fox-Pitt’s first Olympic mount, Cosmopolitan II, was put down on October 31 due to old age. After 28 years, Cosmopolitan II, had been retired since 2000 after a career that took him to many eventing highs. He spent his retirement with William’s former head girl, Alison Quinlan, who said “He was my horse of a lifetime”. [William Fox-Pitt’s First Olympic Ride Put Down]
Getting Your Geezer Ready for the Freeze: Winter is coming, whether you like it or not, so why not take this time to make sure your older horse is ready for the challenges ahead. Making sure his weight is where is it suppose to be, getting his teeth looked at, giving him proper clothing, make sure he moves every day, and that his immune system is top notch are simple steps to take to make winter easier on your more seasoned horses. [Preparing Your Senior Horse for Winter]
Tuesday Video Break:
I love seeing a good save, especially when its caught on slow-mo. Check out this little video from Virginia Horse Trials