Dressage Day One News & Notes Presented by Stable View

Kentucky serving lewks in the morning at the RRP Mega Makeover. Photo by Allison Howell.

It’s here! It’s happening! We’ve been waiting for over a year for this folks, and it’s finally happening! The possibilities that come with North America having two competitions at this level, and of this quality positively excite me. We will have more opportunities for our riders to practice this level, and compete against the baddies from across the pond. I’ll be there Friday, and I can’t wait to hook up with my girls from EN and take a million pictures on cross country.

Don’t forget to check out our Maryland Form Guide, filled with all the info about every single horse in the 5*, and useful if you’re watching from home, or lucky enough to witness it in person.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill: [Website] [Tickets] [Schedule] [Entries] [Volunteer] [EN’s Coverage] [Daily Digest Email Sign-up] [EN’s Twitter] [EN’s Instagram]

Ocala Fall H.T. (Ocala, Fl.): [Website] [Entry Status]

Pine Hill Fall H.T. (Bellville, Tx.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

You need more facts and graphs and fun facts about the Maryland Five Star? Don’t worry guys and gals, you know I got you. After being selected as the fall location for a second CCI5*-L in the U.S. in 2017, the inaugural Maryland 5 Star will take place at Fair Hill in Elkton, Md. this week starting with the first horse inspection today. There are 48 horse and rider pairs in the five-star field hoping to bring home the first Maryland 5 Star victory. Who do you think will be leading the victory gallop? [Maryland Five Star Fast Facts]

The distracted horse: an issue that plagues us all. Whether your horse is nervous, afraid, or more motivated by other interests, keeping a distracted horse on task is an important skill. The infamous Tik Maynard lends his advice on how to identify the source of the distracted behavior, and slowly help your horse resolve the issue. This will make your life so much better! [Dealing with the Distracted Horse]

Need a podcast to keep you going and keep your Maryland Five Star Fever at bay? Check out this special edition of the USEA podcast. Nicole is joined by Rob Burk, Irish Olympian Sam Watson, and some very special guests to look forward to a big week ahead in the Maryland 5 Star Preview Show. [Maryland 5* Podcast]

If you can’t wait for Saturday, check out this quick coursewalk and photo gallery from H&H. You’ll find some old classics, and some new artistic, and terrifying jumps for this premier event. When is the last time we saw a brand new 5* course??? [Maryland Five Star Course]