Tuesday News & Notes from Chillax

Sara Gumbiner and Polaris. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The story of Sara Gumbiner and Polaris came into the spotlight this spring as they successfully accomplished their first four-star at Kentucky. Their road there was mountains and valleys for years, and it all paid off, but Sara is scrambling to keep ownership of “Larry.” She is asking for anyone willing to support her efforts to keep the ride. You can check out her Go Fund Me page here.

National Holiday: National Piña Colada Day

Events Opening This Week:  Town Hill Farm Horse Trials (CT, A-1) Caber Farm Horse Trial (WA, A-7) Stone Gate Farm H.T. (OH, A-8)Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Fall H.T. (VA, A-2) Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. II (CA, A-6) The Event at Archer (WY, A-9)

Events Closing This Week: Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer H.T (MA, A-1) Hunt Club Farms H.T. (VA, A-2) Horse Park of New Jersey Horse Trials II (NJ, A-2)

Tuesday News: 

Sandra Auffarth announced yesterday that her eventing world champion partner Opgun Louvo will no longer participate in championships. The 16-year-old won gold at the 2014 World Equestrian Games. She added that “Wolle” will compete at Aachen next week. [Horse who won nine medals steps down a level: ‘Championships are exhausting’]

Horse Sport Ireland named their WEG team! Padraig McCarthy with Mr. Chunky, Aoife Clark with Fernhill Adventure, Cathal Daniels with Rioghan Rua. Sarah Ennis with Horseware Stellor Rebound, and Sam Watson Horseware Ardagh Highlight were named to the squad. A special shout out is due for U.S.-based Tim Bourke, who was named first alternate with Luckaun Quality. Congratulations to all! [Irish Eventing Team Named For 2018 WEG]

Waredaca is working to educate competitors on preparation for three-day events. In order to show how horse trials were traditionally used as key training runs for long format events, they’ve introduced the Road to the Three-Day Challenge, which includes four Area II competitions this fall. [Waredaca Classic Three-Day Teams with Area II Organizers to Offer Road to the Three-Day Challenge]

Tuesday Video: 

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