It’s the day after Election Day 2016, which means if you’re in America, you’re suffering election hangover from staying up late to wait for results. Regardless of your opinion of the outcome, there’s one thing I think everyone can agree on: Thank God it’s over. No more signs. No more commercials. No more doorbell ringers or mailings or slips posted on your door. It’s done. It’s over.
At least until mid-terms.
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Your Wednesday News & Notes:
Oliver Townend picked up a remarkable win at Adelaide over the weekend. Although the age of catch rides at the CCI4* level are over, thanks to more stringent qualifying criteria, catch rides are alive and well at the CIC3* level. Oliver picked up the ride on Napoleon for the division from his friend Tim Boland. Despite only sitting on the horse three times prior to the event, Oliver was sitting in second after the first phase before putting in the only double clear show jumping round in the class. A strong cross country round then secured the victory. [Oliver Townend Winde Adelaide CIC3*]
Best of the Blogs: Two Ways Up the Levels. Through written by a dressage coach for dressage riders, Lauren Sprieser perfectly encapsulates the pros and cons of school masters versus green horses when trying to move up the levels. Despite what many think, buying a ‘made’ horse is no walk in the park for most young riders, but making your own horse is often no easy task either. The reality is that partnering with a non-human partner takes time and patience, regardless of their education level. [Two Ways Up the Levels]
The ICP and YEH/FEH seminars have joined forces this winter. Held in Ocala each year, the ICP and YEH/FEH symposiums will now be held over the same dates to allow interested parties to participate and spectate at both rather than have to make two trips down south. Legendary Australian eventer Chris Burton will lead the ICP workshop, then will team up with Leslie Law for the YEH symposium. Irish producer Chris Ryan will lead the FEH seminar. [Save the Date!]
SmartPak Product of the Day: Fall season is mud season which means my house, car, and trailer all tend to get coated in dirt. I highly recommend buying about three or four of these boot scrubbers and using upon leaving the barn, entering the house, or traipsing into the trailer before your spouse, roommate, parent, or significant other gets tired of vacuuming up behind you. [SmartPak]
Wednesday Video: Why do top professionals choose footing from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces? David O’Connor explains: