It was hard not to think of 24-year-old French eventer Thibault Fournier yesterday during the final phase at Les 5 Etoiles de Pau, the event he most memorably won last year in his first attempt at the level. Thibault, who suffered a catastrophic fall on cross country at a horse trials earlier this month, is on the long road to recovery after awakening from a six-day-long coma. Most recently he’s been able to eat some food after coming off of respiratory assistance. Thibault’s French teammates brought him along for their rides during yesterday’s show jumping in the form of orange armbands — a touching tribute to their friend.
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In the midst of another devastating wildfire, Northern California needs help. Hurricane force winds have stoked the flames of the Kincade Fire, which now covers 30,000 acres and are only 10% contained. The Northern California Association of Equine Practitioners has issued an official request for assistance, particularly from California-licensed veterinarians and technicians with large animal or livestock/ruminant experience. Volunteers and supplies are also needed at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. [North California Association of Equine Practitioners]
Remember Colleen Rutledge’s mount Escot 6? He’s a show jumper now! Over the weekend, “Monkey” won the $10,000 Adult Amateur Jumper Championship at the Washington International Horse Show with his new rider Charlotte Powers. [Former Event Horse Finds New Fame At WIHS]
With the conclusion of Pau, we can look back on a wild season of European upper-level eventing. Horse & Hound recounts some of the most bizarre and unexpected thing that happened during the 2019 season. [From comeback wins to falls to errant pedestrians: 12 surprises of the 2019 eventing season]
Monday Featured Video: The Headless Horseman made his annual appearance at Keeneland over the weekend.
An unusual sighting at Keeneland this afternoon! The Headless Horseman made a spooky appearance on the track. Happy early Halloween!
Posted by Keeneland on Saturday, October 26, 2019