The winter season is a time for the babies to get out and see the world, test the competition waters, and get their sea legs at their first event. I’m absolutely chuffed with my own youngster, who is officially a bona fide event horse, almost a year after I bought him. Sometimes plans don’t work out the way you think, and it’s so important to really give those long-legged horses time to figure out their limbs and to develop their fifth leg. My squid of a horse has really blossomed this winter and although I had to let my trainer have the reins thanks to having to stay north for my job, I rather enjoyed playing owner for a day.
U.S. Weekend Preview:
Your Wednesday News & Notes: The USEA is looking for a new Marketing Coordinator or Assistant. If you’ve ever dreamed of living and working in the heart of the eventing world in Leesburg, have it be your job to pay attention to eventing, and you are also a marketing or business major, look no further. The dream job is at hand, as long as you’re willing to endure the hardship of living in Northern Virginia. [Employment Opportunity: USEA Marketing]
If you haven’t, Charlotte Dujardin has a new prospect named Pumpkin. Last week we learned about how Charlotte found Pumpkin at a clinic in California. This week we have the prequel of Pumpkin’s story with Amelie Kovac who used the sale of her horse of a lifetime to fund the purchase of an unbroken, unproven three-year-old. [The Unruly Three-Year-Old]
This week on Eventing Radio Show: Bettina Hoy and Clark Montgomery. Liz Halliday-Sharp and Paul Tapner host both Bettina Hoy, who has taken on the role of coach and sole selector for the Dutch, and Clark Montgomery, who had an emphatic win at Pine Top CIC3* in his first 3* start after relocating back from England. [Eventing Radio Show]
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