Tuesday News & Notes from Chillax

Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

With the Chinch’s blessing, we are back online! This weekend was a bit of an adventure as our online only publication found itself without a website, but coverage soldiers on! Thanks are due to you, Eventing Nation, whose loyalty and readership will never again be underestimated. You guys are awesome for hanging in there as we head to Badders.

National Holiday: National Mother Goose Day

Events Opening This Week: Larkin Hill H.T. (NY, A-1), Bucks County Horse Park H.T. (PA, A-2), Silverwood Farm Spring H.T. (WI, A-4), Golden Spike H.T. (UT, A-9),  Great Vista Horse Trials (NY, A-1), Seneca Valley Pony Club Spring H.T. (MD, A-2), Full Gallop Farm June H.T. (SC, A-3)

Events Closing This Week:  Hitching Post Farm Horse Trials (VT, A-1), Fair Hill International H.T. (MD, A-2), Kent School Spring H.T. (CT, A-1), Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (GA, A-3), Otter Creek Spring H.T. (WI, A-4), CCC Spring Gulch H.T.(CO, A-9)

Tuesday News: 

After Oliver Townend’s win in Kentucky last weekend, ears are pricked at the possibility of another Rolex Grand Slam. Pippa Funnel was the first to win it in 2003, followed by Michael Jung in 2016, so the stage is set for a third. [Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing: everything you need to know about the $350,000 prize]

Congratulations to Taylor Blumenthal, winner of EN’s Annual Kentucky Pick ‘Em Contest, Presented by Omega Alpha! Only three EN readers picked Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class to win. Taylor’s prediction that Oliver and Coolio would win on a final score of 29.0 was only 0.3 penalties off their actual winning score of 28.7. Way to go, Taylor!

Tina Cook has pulled all her horses from Badminton. After dislocating her shoulder at Burnham Market earlier this spring, she unfortunately decided she just wasn’t quite ready for the upcoming four-star. [Top Badminton contender withdraws: ‘I’m not 100% — I can’t do the horses justice’]

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then these photos from Kentucky have a story to tell. [Favorite Photos From The 2018 Land Rover Kentucky CCI4*]

Tuesday Video:

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