Today’s Defender Burghley dressage tests begin at 9.45 a.m. again (4.45 a.m. EST) with British partnership Richard Skelt and Credo first in the ring. Our first North American pair will be Will Faudree and Mama’s Magic Way, at 10.33 a.m. local/5.33 a.m. EST, and then we’ll see British-based American Tiana Coudray and her five-star debutante Cancaras Girl in the ring at 11:10 a.m. local/6:10 a.m. EST. Our final two US riders go back to back in the penultimate session of the day: at 14:25 local/9:25 a.m. EST it’ll be the turn of five-star first-timers Grace Taylor and Game Changer, followed by Boyd Martin and his Tokyo mount Tsetserleg TSF at 14:33 local/9:33 a.m. EST. We’ve also got some first-phase heavy hitters to keep an eye out for — notably, our likely leaders, Tim Price and Vitali, at 13:53 local/8:53 a.m. EST; Tom McEwen and his Tokyo double-medallist Toledo de Kerser at 15:09/10:09 a.m. EST, and 2017 winners Oliver Townend and Ballaghmor Class at 15:33/10:33 a.m. EST. Until then: Go Eventing!
EN is going eventing Stateside too this week, with the American Eventing Championships happening in Lexington, Kentucky. We’ll be bringing you all you need to know – so stay tuned, and go eventing!
U.S. Weekend Preview
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News From Around the Globe:
New verified research data has shown that all breastplates (except one) adversely affect horses over jumps. Centaur Biomechanics’ cameras, which capture movement at 400 frames per second (33 times faster than the human eye), examined and compared the action of various horses as they cleared fences. Regardless of breastplate design, analysis showed that the whole jump is adversely affected from the moment when the horse is at the peak of take-off and its shoulder is in its most forward position – this is the moment of peak pressure. The study found that the arc made over the fence, from take-off to landing, was shortened, with the horses landing at a steeper angle, when they wore the breastplates. So, no more relying on your breastplate to cover up your poorly fitted saddle! [Breastplates Inhibit Jumping Ability & Long Term Soundness]
Hot on Horse Nation: Why Horses Are a Child Therapist’s Best Friend
All four Training championship divisions completed their cross-country yesterday at the 2023 USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC), and three of the four dressage leaders maintained their first place standings. With fun stories from each division, (Amateur, Horse, Rider, and Junior), you’ll wanna be updated on all the most recent fabulous action from Kentucky USA. [Eventing Champions]
“No hoof, no horse” is probably the second thing you ever learn about horses, right after “you always have to get back on the horse”. Your riding career, no matter the level, will be impacted by your personal knowledge about horses and their hooves, and you’ll always benefit from knowing how to recognize, prevent, and treat signs of hoof stress. Empower yourself. [Horse Hoof Stressors]
Boyd is ready to let it rip this weekend!!
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