The Richland competitor’s party was great fun, with live music, bratwurst, red velvet cake, and all the butter you could dip your corn cob in. There was beer too, but sometimes you just want to partake in your favorite brands. My barn contingent was already halfway up the line waiting for dinner when we realized that we’d left our best drink choices back at the trailer. Megan Lynn saved the day by riding back with Joe Natoli, riding double and backwards on the motorbike to help balance the beer cooler. The things we do for our adult beverages are above and beyond!
U.S. Weekend Preview:
Town Hill Farm H.T. [Website]
Silverwood Farm Fall H.T. [Website]
Moqui Meadows H.T. [Website]
The Dutch show jumpers have come up with a way to hold onto their top team horses. Using a scheme where a conglomerations of breeders and dealers own top horses through the Sporthorse Fund of the Netherlands, or SFN. The original breeder maintains a 25% stake in the horse and receives profit from sales and prizes, but loses decision making over the horse. [How the Dutch Keep Horses]
Course designer Ritch Temple is missing. Temple, who has designed AEC courses for Chatt Hills and Lamplight, has been missing in West Virginia or Maryland since July 25. Ritch, who has developed ALS, was an avid hiker who enjoyed spending significant time in the woods in this area. Unfortunately, his whereabouts are currently unknown, and rescuers are treating it as a recovery effort at this time. Please keep Ritch and his family in your thoughts at this time. [Ritch Temple is Missing]
This week in Horse & Hound’s Numbers: Last week I joked it was time for a ladies week after the boys dominated, and apparently our wish came true when three sections of BE100 at Shelford Manor were 100% women. [Eventing in Numbers]
Talk about taking bitless riding to an extreme. Show jumper Kelly McKnight has been showing his mare Zan Chin at the Grand Prix level…in a halter. Zan Chin proved to be overly sensitive to even the softest snaffle and Kelly wasn’t quite sure what to do with her until he happened to hop over a crossrail in a halter on a hack one day. Since then he has a created a ‘show halter’ type bridle and is having success despite not having a bit. [No, He Didn’t Forget His Bridle]
This week on the Eventing Radio Show: Alex O’Neal and Richard Trayford. This week hosts Joe and Max talk with Alex O’Neal about his win in the massive CIC* with Rendezvous with Charly at Richland Park. Then Richard Trayford comes on to talk about bringing a new event to Ocala. [Eventing Radio Show]
SmartPak Product of the Day: My horse was pretty cool last weekend and carried us to finish our first 3* this past weekend. As a tahnk you to him, I bought him these, since ultimately all he cares about is food. [SmartPak]
Caroline Martin was in for a surprise when the aptly named Danger Mouse took a long spot on the Prelim course this weekend. Luckily, Danger Mouse has plenty of scope, as he doesn’t even break a sweat.