Tuesday News & Notes from Chillax

Peter Barry is back in the saddle. Photo via Peter Barry’s Facebook Page.

We are so thrilled to see Peter Barry back in the saddle for his first ride since suffering a stroke nearly a year ago with none other than Icabad Crane. It’s been a long road to recovery, but just as Peter described, he’s taking it one step at a time.

National Holiday: National Strawberry Day, Spay Away USA Day

Events Opening This Week: Fair Hill International H.T. (MD, A-2) Ocala International 3-Day Festival of Eventing Presented by Ocala Ranches (FL, A-3) Twin Rivers CCI,CIC & H.T. (CA, A-6) FEH/YEH/NEH Qualifier (MD, A-2) Ocala International 3-Day Festival of Eventing Presented by Ocala Ranches (FL, A-3) Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event (KY, A-8) FENCE H.T. (SC, A-3) Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event (KY, A-8)

Events Closing This Week: Pine Top Spring H.T. (GA, A-3) Live Oak International (FL, A-3) MeadowCreek Park – The Spring Social Event (TX, A-5) Copper Meadows Winter H.T. (CA, A-6) Ocala Winter II Presented by Ocala Ranches (FL, A-3)

Tuesday News: 

The USEA Young Event Horse Program’s 2018 schedule is officially set. Coming off the whirlwind Educational Symposium last week, the USEA released their line up of qualifying competitions from coast to coast. [Let Your Young Event Horse Shine at a YEH Event in 2018]

The primary design feature of a saddle’s tree has remained the same for 4300 years, despite the many variations in saddles nowadays. The main job of the tree is to destribute the rider’s weight. If you look at the tree in three parts, the front and rear should hold 30% of the weight with the middle section picking up 40%. [The evolution of the saddle tree: Is yours doing the right job?]

Getting immediately back on after a fall isn’t always the smartest choice. Many riders (and trainers) may miss the warning signs of a concussion in the moment when the goal is to correct the error that caused a fall. There’s no shame in getting checked out -better safe than sorry! [My Concussion Experience]

Any fluent Spanish speakers out there? We’d love to figure out what this furied FEI rant is all about and Google Translate isn’t enough to make heads or tails of it, although we’re picking up on complaints of “unspeakable ideology,” “cronyism” and “illegality.” Drama llama! [Brancaleone Team] UPDATE: A Spanish-fluent reader has come through for us! We’ll give you the low-down in Wednesday N&N.

Tuesday Video: Getting an aerial view of your cross country is the new cool thing to do!

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