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As the weekend rolls around once more, I hope you all have wonderful things planned; some of you may even be taking a little time to recharge your batteries ahead of another hectic week. I know that I did just that last weekend, taking myself off on a little ‘staycation,’ and reconnecting with my non-equine interests. As Andrew Hoy points out, it’s not always easy to find the much talked about ‘balance’ in life, especially where horses are concerned. But just like our beloved equine counterparts, ‘Recovery and Rest’ days play their part in the path to achieving our goals, too. I doubt many of us are as lucky as Mr Hoy, and get to enjoy said rest days sunning ourselves in Dubai – I know I certainly didn’t need my passport last weekend! – but even just a day out of your normal routine can work wonders, both mentally and physically. So why not take some time for you this weekend, and head into Monday refreshed and raring to go. And if you get the chance to do that in Dubai, even better!

U.S. Weekend Preview

Full Gallop Farm Mid February H.T. (Aiken, SC) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]
Pine Top Advanced (Thomson, GA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]
Three Lakes Winter II H.T. at Caudle Ranch (Groveland, FL) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Friday News and Reading

We eventing fans sure do love a live stream and EN’s one-stop hub is where they’re all at. We’ve compiled this list and its accompanying global map to assist you and cut down on confusion and frustration when it comes to eventing live streams. We’ll be updating this as new live streams are added and you can request the addition of a live stream by emailing [email protected]. Eyes on, and go eventing!

It was Ian Stark’s birthday yesterday. You know the one: all round eventing legend, and designer of some of the world’s best – and toughest – cross country courses, including Maryland. Take a trip down memory lane courtesy of Horse & Hound, who have managed to condense his remarkable life and career in an easily digestible article. Happy (belated) Birthday Ian!

In the build-up to competition, so much of our time is spent focussing on the physical side of training, and mindset is often neglected as a result. However, as Nicky Pennie points out on the latest edition of the Grassroots Show from the Eventing Podcast, it is just as important to have a strong mental attitude as well. In learning how to harness your nerves in the correct way, you will not only improve your results, but inevitably add to the overall enjoyment of the experience. A really great listen for anyone that has ever suffered from nerves or self doubt (I will put my hand up on that one), full of useful tips and tricks for turning the negative thoughts around – and there’s even a discount code for Nicky’s ‘Supercharge Your Riding Masterclass, if you want to delve even deeper into your mental approach.

5* season is almost upon us, and no doubt selectors will have their attention firmly fixed on the entries list, ahead of the Paris Olympics. Riders lucky enough to have more than one potential Olympic star in their stable have an added opportunity to showcase them at Badminton this year, as the entries system has been altered slightly, to allow riders the chance to ride three horses, rather than two, as in previous years. Burghley Horse Trials allows riders to enter three horses, but Badminton has previously been so oversubscribed, it was only fair to limit riders to two horses. But last year, there was no waiting list – a first time for the event – hence the new entry system. How wonderful it must be to have three 5* runners in your stable – I’m sure most of us would be happy with just one!

On a more sombre note, the Kiwi Eventing Community suffered a big loss this week. Helen Thomson, an integral part of the Eventing Taranki committee, and a great contributor to our sport over the years, died in hospital on February 2nd. Contributing to many events as a judge, she was a much relied on volunteer, and one that New Zealand Eventing were more than aware they were lucky to have. Indeed, volunteers like Helen are few and far between, both overseas and closer to home, and selfless characters like Helen are a gift to our sport. Without them, it would be hard to run any events at all. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her, and the Kiwi Eventing community as a whole. Rest in Peace, Helen – our thoughts are with your family and loved ones.

Just when we thought it was all over… As most of you will be aware, Shane Rose caused a little bit of a furore last weekend when he chose to showjumping in a mankini. Cue eventing making national news, albeit for all of the wrong reasons, and Shane having to ‘step down’ from competition while he was investigated (for what, exactly, I am still not sure). Anyway, after an overwhelming rally of support for Shane from fans all over the world, the ‘case(?!)’ against him was inevitably dropped, and normality resumed. But for Tim Palmer, the whole situation should never have come to pass and he has decided to resign from his position as chairman of Equestrian Australia’s integrity committee as a result. Who knew that such a scrappy piece of material could cause such upheaval?!

In this ever changing world we live in, climate change is an increasingly hot topic (no pun intended, honest). So if you are concerned about the impact that you – or your horse – are having on the environment, why not work out their carbon footprint?! The brains behind Agria Equine Insurance have developed a handy little tool to allow you to do just that – and if you want a point of comparison, then their brand ambassador, current European and former World Champion, Ros Canter, has shared her own results. Every little helps!

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We don’t usually highlight winners of dressage competitions on Eventing Nation… but how can we not congratulate the winner of the highest Dressage Score for Thoroughbreds during the USEF/USDF “I LOVE Dressage” Show at Stable View when he has a show name like Why is the Rum Gone? Congratulations to Bridgette Miller and her wonderfully named horse on their win at Stable View.

Weekend Watching

It’s not eventing, but it is still one hell of a story, and one hell of a winning round, and it never fails to make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, and bring a tear to my eye. A fantastic display of horsemanship, the culmination of a long career characterised by grit and determination, and proof that dreams really can come true, no matter how may setbacks you encounter along the way. A fairytale ending for Nick and Big Star, I for one can’t wait to see how many more of these we will encounter in Paris, but for now, I hope you enjoy this throwback to Rio 2016. Keep dreaming, keep fighting, and as ever, Go Eventing!


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Friday News & Notes from Stable View

I never really understood the meaning of that much quoted proverb, All Roads Lead to Rome. No matter, because this year, all roads actually lead to Paris, and one horse starting out on that road is Pippa Funnell’s 2019 Burghley winner, MGH Grafton Street, who was recently sold to Japanese rider Yoshiaki Oiwa . Yoshi and his family are moving close to Pippa’s yard, so that ‘Squirrel,’ as he is known to his pals, can stay in the same routine – a deal breaker for Pippa and his connections, who were keen to do what was best for the 16 year old 5* winner. Certainly one to watch in the build up to Paris, and an amazing opportunity for Yoshi to benefit from Pippa’s tutelage, too. Smart move!

U.S. Weekend Preview

Jumping Branch Farm H.T. (Aiken, SC)[Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Ocala Winter I (Ocala, FL) [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Ram Tap H.T. (Fresno, CA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

International Events

Portuguese Spring Tour (Mata do Duque) (Feb 17 – 20 and Feb 28 – Mar 3) [Timetable] [Entries] [Scoring] [Portuguese Eventing Association Facebook Page] [More Info]

Friday News and Reading

Sticking with the Paris theme, the brains behind EquiRatings and The Eventing Podcast have taken a deep dive into who we should be keeping an eye on in 2024. Their ‘Riders to Watch’ podcast starts out with a really interesting discussion as to who the predicted front runners are for Paris, and provides a nice insight into who they think might shine this season – including some up and coming names that you may not heard of….yet. Will they get it right? Who knows, but it’s all starting to getting very exciting.

Speaking of rising stars, Cosby Green is certainly one of the brightest out there. Currently enjoying her second season based with Tim and Jonelle Price in the UK, Cosby is making the most of the opportunities available over the pond, not least of all a jaunt across to Spain for the Spanish Sunshine Tour. Not only has she been able to develop her own and her horses’ training while she has been with the Prices, but she has also benefited from a mindset shift, too. Set to return to the US at the end of this year, this young lady has her eyes on big things, and I defy anyone to stand in her way.

Well this is a wonderful initiative. In what seems to be an increasingly scary and difficult world, the good guys over at World Horse Welfare have launched a Help for Horse Owners support service. Lord knows we need all the help we can get, but this is aimed specifically at those struggling with the rising costs of keeping and caring for horses, and the mental health implications that may follow. A shining light in what seems to be a constant barrage of doom and gloom.

Want to support a good cause, while having fun with other horsey folks? Well, look no further. The British Eventing Support Trust have organised a virtual online quiz, aimed at raising funds that will allow them to continue to provide mental and physical health support to their members. There are prizes on offer too, so why not get a team together and settle down for an hour or two of fun and frolics, all in the name of charity. Who knows, you might even learn something new.

Last one from me before I sign off for the weekend, and I will leave you with another much quoted saying, though this one is a lot easier to understand than the first. Ever heard the old chestnut ‘No foot no horse?’ Well even if you haven’t, it’s certainly one worth remembering. Luckily, February is International Hoof Care Month, and for that very reason, farrier Chris Martelli has provided some advice as to how to keep your horses hooves as healthy as possible. Farrier to the stars, including none other than Lauren Nicholson, Chris certainly knows his stuff, and the tips he offers here are easily digestible, and serve as a good reminder as to the little things that we can do to help our horses stay in as good a condition as possible, from head to toe.

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What is the Stable View staff up to now? Go behind the scenes with the staff to see what it’s like to handle the day-to-day organization of the iconic venue.

Weekend Watching

Just in case you had forgotten this absolute show of horsemanship from Harriet Biddick, here you go. It would be remiss of me not to give Eventing Nation’s very own Tilly Berendt a shout out for capturing this iconic moment on her own camera too. That particular photograph earned her the Kit Houghton Photo of the Year Award at the 2023 BEMA Awards – and rightly so I am sure you will agree. All that remains for me to do now is to wish you a very happy weekend. Go Eventing – though please do check your tack first…!