Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Justine Dutton and Jollybo at the bareback puissance during the 2014 WEG Prep Trial at Great Meadow.  Photo by Alec Thayer/Ab3 Photography. Justine Dutton and Jollybo at the bareback puissance during the 2014 WEG Prep Trial at Great Meadow. Photo by Alec Thayer/Ab3 Photography.

Now that the U.S. Olympic Eventing Team has been named, it’s time to get pumped up for the mandatory team outing at Great Meadow International next month, where we’ll send Phillip Dutton, Lauren Kieffer, Boyd Martin and Clark Montgomery off to Rio in style.

The entire weekend in The Plains, Virginia, will be jam-packed with action, starting on July 8 with #FreeOnFriday festivities like the first horse inspection, opening ceremony and highly anticipated Morningside Bareback Puissance. Dressage and show jumping will be held July 9, with the exciting cross country finale on July 10.

You don’t want to miss it! Click here for ticket information. We hope to see you there!

Events opening this week:

 Catalpa Corner Charity Horse Trial (IA, A-4)  Cobblestone Farms H.T. (MI, A-8)  Millbrook H.T. (NY, A-1) Olney Farm H.T. (MD, A-2)  River Glen Summer H.T. (TN, A-3)

Events closing today:

40th Annual Whidbey Island H.T. (WA, A-7)  Coconino Summer I H.T.(AZ, A-10)  Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (GA, A-3)  Old Chatham H.T. (NY, A-1)  Huntington Farm H.T. (VT, A-1)  Roebke’s Run H.T. (MN, A-4)  Round Top H.T. (CO, A-9)  The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm I (MD, A-2)  Great Meadow International – FEI Nations Cup Eventing Series (VA, A-2)

Your Tuesday News & Notes: 

The global equestrian community mourns the loss of show jumping icon Frank Chapot, who passed away yesterday at the age of 84. He represented the U.S. at six Olympic Games and won two silver medals. He will long be remembered for many achievements, including breeding Gem Twist, who is still regarded as one of the greatest show jumpers in history. Our thoughts are with Frank’s family and friends at this time. [Jumper Nation]

The next USEA town hall meeting will be held in Area VIII at Midsouth Pony Club H.T. this Friday, June 24 at 5:30 p.m. The town hall meetings are a continuation of the Eventing 2016-2026 Summit which was held at the 2015 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention. Those in attendance will be invited to discuss the issues facing the sport and their recommendations on how the USEA can address them. [USEventing.com]

Good news for fans of Bettina Hoy and Seigneur Medicott! The horse is back in work after suffering an injury at Luhmühlen last week when he got loose while grazing and ran back to stabling, slipping and falling on the way. He wasn’t seriously injured, but he did have to be withdrawn before dressage. “Mickey” will now aim for the Nations Cup at Aachen instead. [Vielseitigkeitssport]

Enter to win a brand new Tipperary Sportage 8500 helmet! All you have to do is share your summer selfies with us to be entered. Put on a Tipperary vest and/or helmet and snap a selfie with your horse. Post it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ENsummerselfie, or email your photo to [email protected]. You’ll receive one entry for wearing a Tipperary helmet or vest and double entries if you wear both. [Tipperary Sportage 8500 Contest]

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