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🍰With ‘The Great British Bake Off’ contestants recently announced, we were delighted to receive these photos from a young Eventing fan who entered a competition at her school to bake and decorate a cake to reflect a sporting event they were missing during 2020. 🐴Mimi (aged 11) chose to base her bake on Badminton Horse Trials because it is her favourite weekend of the year and it is her ambition to compete here in the future. She has been a regular Badminton visitor since she was 3. 😋There are 3 sections reflecting each discipline; apparently cross country tasted the best! For the creative fans amongst you all, there will be a chance to get inventive with Badminton in mind in the coming months… #greatbritishbakeoff #GBBO #badmintonhorsetrials
This week has been a rough one emotionally for the eventing community. I am still hopeful that we can improve with kindness and empathy towards all sides, and remember that we are all part of a big family that cares about one another. Let me repeat that, we care. We care a lot. That’s all for today.
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EN has sadly had some of its sponsors drop off in the fall-out of the Unionville venue’s cancellation. In response, we will be donating these vacated spaces to organizations that are doing good work in the equestrian world. Have a suggestion? Please send it to [email protected]
Even after earning her bachelor of science in microbiology from the University of Vermont, Ariel Grald wasn’t sure that the normal 9-5 life was for her. So she packed her bags and moved to Southern Pines to pursue her dreams of upper level eventing, and the rest is history. Her story is definitely worth reading. [Ariel Grald: Eventing to the Top]
Serious questions around the use of nosebands have been raised by the findings of a new study, in which head x-rays revealed bone lesions on the nasal bones and lower jaws of horses. The bony changes — thickening or thinning — were identified at the site typically subjected to pressure from restrictive nosebands. The causes of the lesions seen at the site of nosebands merit further investigation, they said, because inadvertently damaging the bones of horses as part of equitation is difficult to justify on ethical grounds. [Bone Damage in Horses at Site of Noseband]
After a group of children were unable to return to Myanmar to continue their education, The Good Shepherd Centre in Phuket Town set up a program of support. They were, and are still, seeking the support of additional volunteers to help teach the children basic English, simple computer skills, maths, art and craft etc for just an hour a week. Red Bamboo stepped in to offer a complimentary Beginners Riding Class to all the students and to raise awareness of the plight of the students. [Local Horse Riding School Helping Forgotten Children]
Want to win some FLAIR strips? Today is your last chance! We’re giving away two six-packs to a lucky winner this week. All you need to do to enter is submit a photo of your favorite FLAIR strip color – details can be found here.
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