I hope you all enjoyed a long holiday weekend! Temperatures are looking on the up and up this week, so I am going to take the opportunity to enjoy some more time in the saddle. I hope you are too.
National Holiday: National Fig Newton Day
Daren Chiacchia had a big year in 2017 with three of his rides: Ballzauber, Adomat and Guardiola each earning top finishes. His string is proficient across many levels, being recognized by both the American Trakehner Association (ATA) and US Dressage Federation (USDF). Catch up with Darren: [Darren Chiacchia Earns ATA and USDF Honors]
Was your New Year’s Resolution to participate in a long format event? Let’s check the calendar! There are quite a few offered at Beginner Novice – Preliminary level, including a new P3D at The Heart of the Carolinas. [Experience the Thrill of the ‘Chase in 2018 at a USEA Classic Series Event]
I am a horse owner who prides herself on making my gelding ‘matchy matchy.’ And like any good intending rider, I can go a bit overboard, into the realm that this owner would describe as ‘spendy spendy.’ Give yourself a few moments to read this hilarious piece – trust me, you’ll be glad you did. It’s equal parts hysterical and relatable. [Skint Dressage Daddy’s guest blog: matchy matchy? More like spendy spendy…]
Shelly Francis is officially my favorite person. Not only did she accomplish back to back wins at 2018 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival aboard Doktor, but her realistic responses at the following press conferences had me rolling including her explanation about missing the awards presentation: “Some people might think I’m a chicken but I’d like to live a bit longer” [Shelly Francis Is the Hero Every Press Conference Needs]
Tuesday Video: Caroline Martin and The Apprentice at last week’s E25 Winter Training Session