Tuesday News & Notes from Chillax

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Area III Young Riders closed out their weekend with pitchforks in hand. They’re mucking their way to Rebecca Farm for the 2018 NAJYRC. Despite the weariness from also competing over the weekend, these girls have their eye on the prize. We are looking forward to watching them get there!

National Holiday: National Love Your Pet Day

Events Opening This Week: The Fork CIC3*/CIC2*/CIC1* & HT (NC, A-2) Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (GA, A-3) Spring Bay H.T. (KY, A-8) CDCTA Spring H.T. (VA, A-2) Pine Hill Spring H.T. (TX, A-5)

Events Closing This Week: Red Hills International H.T. (FL, A-3) Southern Pines H.T. (NC, A-2) Full Gallop Farm March H.T. (SC, A-3)

Tuesday News:

DOC is back! He’s taken over a few rides this winter and earned himself some blue ribbons too 18 years after earning a gold medal. His plan at the moment is to do a CCI2* this spring, but first he’s got to re-gain his qualifications. [David O’Connor’s Competitive Streak Is Back]

We’d like to wish a warm EN welcome to Swiss eventer Felix Vogg! Normally based in Radolfzell, Germany, the 2016 Olympian decided to fully embrace a warm weather with a relocation to Florida this winter as he prepares for the World Equestrian Games. Rocking Horse was his first U.S. competition, and he’s already taken home a win. [Now On Course: From Switzerland to the States for Felix Vogg]

Breastplates can have “a ‘significant’ effect on the way a horse jumps,” according to a new study. The results showed that horses with breastplates had a much steeper jumping arc, landing much steeper than those without. Researchers then argued that this arc makes for “cramped” jumping. [Breastplates change the way horses jump, research finds]

Tuesday Video:

Which product does Olympic medalist Phillip Dutton trust to keep his horses calm and focused at the biggest events in the world? Chillax. Learn more.

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