Rise and shine Eventing Nation! It’s FRIDAY! I now understand why they call it “Fall”. I raked leaves for the first time in my life with the purpose of maintaining a pristine lawn, not creating a pile to jump in. I now understand why my great-grandmother disliked deciduous trees. NO time to enjoy the fruits of my labor with the 3128907 mph wind that’s been gusting over these ridiculously flat plains of Minnesota. Don’t worry. It’ll be snowing this weekend at Roebke’s Run HT. Lows in 20s. Hmm.. come to think of it, would be nice if your dressage score matched the weather. Good luck to all this weekend!
Events This Weekend:
The Ethel Walker School Horse Trial that was set for October 14 has been canceled citing lack of entries. All those entered will receive full refunds. [USEA]
Fair Hill Entries are up! I am super stoked that Clayton Fredericks is stateside. Am I the only one freaking out that his name will be popping up on our entry lists much more often?! He’s riding Walterstown Don in the CCI3* and Pigrela Des Cabanes in the CCI2*. (A shout out to Danielle Dichting and The Graduate in the CCI2*. I absolutely love that horse.) There is going to be tough competition in the CCI3* with lots of talented horse flesh in Anthony Patch, Mandiba, Coal Creek, Schoensgreen Hanni, MLM’s horses, Trading Aces… I could go on, but you can read the entry list for yourself. FHI has the xc course set. The decorations and last minute painting in is progress. The galloping lanes and tents will be going up this week. Two weeks until dressage! [FHI blog] [Entry list]
Becky Holder and Courageous Comet finish their year as the Adequan Gold Cup Series Champions! They amassed 625 points with a win at the AECs, 2nd at Richland CIC3*, and third at the Fork Advanced division. “I am super, super flattered and excited that Courageous Comet won the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Series. It is so exciting for our sport that Adequan has been such a good sponsor for us and has brought such great attention to our sport through the years,” said Becky. Becky and Comet also won the Adequan Gold Cup Series in 2007. This year Becky is also reserve champion aboard Can’t Fire Me. Not a bad year in the office. [USEA]
Don’t forget about the Worth the Trust Scholarship program. The deadline for applications is coming up quickly on October 19. There are two scholarships available. For the Amateur Young Adult crowd (16-25 years old) there is a $3,000 scholarship to further your training through clinics, a working student opportunity, learning to officiate, and many other options as approved by the committee. For the Adult Amateur (26+) crowd, there’s a $2,000 scholarship for you for the same purpose. You must be a member of your local eventing association and volunteer at least six hours nationally or locally to a charitable organization or horse trials, etc. [USEA]
This week on the Eventing Radio Show, Samantha discusses getting your next event horse. Where do you go to buy, what do you look for, what do you not look for, do you breed your own, and so much more. If you’re in the market for a new event horse, or will be, this is a MUST listen. Carol Gee chats about the Fernhill horses, and how pleased she is that it’s become a household name. The biggest misconception is that the Fernhill horses are sourced, not bred by Carol. Also, Kitty King is a guest on this show which is always a treat, and this time she chats about young horses. She knows a thing or two since she’s been kicking bum in all the Young Horse divisions in the UK. [Eventing Radio Show]
Not a bad rig if you can get it. Take a tour of the Fredericks’ new lorry! Amenities galore in this lorry: satellite TV, internet access, fridge and freezer, counter space, etc, etc. What I loved most was the helmet rack above the door. Spacious and luxurious. A great way to celebrate (or not, depending on your ride) after a day at the horse show. The virtual tour is quite nice as there are audio and video extras where you can hear and watch about the features! [Take a tour]
If you’re going to Roebke’s Run this weekend, and even in you’re not, here are last year’s costume contestants. A great way to brain storm ideas for Halloween this year. It’s only a few weeks away. What are you going to be this year? Are you going to
torture dress up your horse? Do you have a go-to costume? I’ve been a Tootsie Roll and Eeyore and Pooh with my equine friends. [RR website] [EN’s recap&photos]
Best of the Blogs: Elisa Wallace of Team Wallace has taken part in the Extreme Mustang Makeover Challenge. The event will be judged at Clemson University in South Carolina. Two weeks until the Elisa and Fledge show off their skills. We’ll be following this story if for no other reason because the photo is amazingly cute and sweet. [Team Wallace]
James Alliston and Jumbo’s Jake won the CIC3* at Woodeside last year. Here’s their xc ride:
Here’s last year’s Advanced course at Morven Park. Get excited for this weekend!