For me, the highlights of a big event are the small moments where a movement really clicks on the flat, or in the case of Tesla Parker, you and your horse nail a tricky combination on the cross country course. Her smile says it all. Well ridden!
National Holiday: National Lobster Day
Events Closing This Week: Radnor Hunt H.T. (PA, A-2) Paradise Farm H.T. (SC, A-3) Galway Downs International Event & H.T. (CA, A-6) Fleur de Leap H.T. (LA, A-5) Las Cruces H.T. (NM, A-10) Hitching Post Farm Horse Trials (VT, A-1) MDHT at Loch Moy Farm Classic BN3 Day Event and H.T. (MD, A-2) Majestic Oaks H.T. (FL, A-3) Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team Challenge H.T. (KY, A-8)
It’s no secret that WEG didn’t go completely to plan. Mark Bellissimo admitted that the team made ‘a ton of mistakes,’ but is extremely proud of the effort. He also believes that the structure of WEG isn’t sustainable, and would be better run across multiple venues. There are currently no bids to host the 2022 Games. [‘We made a ton of mistakes’ admits WEG boss]
The USEA went coast to coast over the weekend with both East and West Coast Future Event Horse Championships. Solo Hit (Sagnol x Arista GS) reigned supreme at Loch Moy Farm, and Hallelujah DF (Mighty Magic x Columbia BF) topped at Twin Rivers. [Mares Make Magic Happen at the 2018 FEH West Coast Championships] [Solo Hit Strikes a High Note at the 2018 USEA FEH East Coast Championships] [Colts Come Out on Top on Day Two at the 2018 USEA FEH East Coast Championships]
Clinta is a real life unicorn. And yes, she’s even got a stuffed animal lookalike that travels with her. She was relatively unproven going into WEG, but helped make U.S. team gold history. [Behind The Stall Door With: Clinta]
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