Friday News and Notes from FLAIR

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Hi there EN Readers! It’s time for another round of Friday News and Notes! And I promise, even though I spent most of my night watching the midnight premiere of The Hunger Games, I’ve still got the best of your daily news fix for this week!


Competitions this Weekend:

  • Poplar Place Farm March Horse Trials – Hamilton, GA [Ride Times] [Live Scoring]  Samantha is at Poplar Place and there’s a rumor that Visionaire and John will be there Saturday so stay tuned for much more from a great weekend of eventing in GA.
  • Southern Pines Horse Trials II – Raeford, NC [Ride
    ] [Live


And speaking of
Competition… Exciting Developments First!

The Mitsubishi Motors
Badminton Horse Trials is coming! While the actual competition may not be until
May 3rd, the recently posted
list of accepted entries
has kept riders and spectators alike on their
Those listed among the 49 riders on the waiting list are not ready to
count themselves out, either! British Eventing calls the field “star studded,”
with the presence of Michael Jung, Mary King, William Fox-Pitt, and Mark Todd.
Zara Phillips has also been spotlighted by both British Eventing and Horse
& Hound as a strong contender for a top placing at the upcoming horse
trial. [Badminton Website] [British
] [Horse and


Badminton accepted competitors are already weighing in on
their blogs, too! 

Lauren Shannon, who
will be competing in this year’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials on
her fifteen year old gelding Zero Flight, updated readers
on her rocky
season start… not with the horses, but with personal illness! She shares news
about the new horse in the barn, as well as her upcoming trip to Gatcombe this
weekend. [Horse
& Hound

In her ‘Badminton
Horse Trials Diary,’ Eventer Gaby Cook shares her experiences at Lincolnshire
Horse Trials aboard four horses of varying levels and ages
, including the
Sir Roscoe and Broadway Star. It’s nice to know even upper-level eventers
sometimes have “Complete Brake Failure” on their horse! She also comments on
her “build-up to Badminton,” and eagerly awaits the final list of accepted
entries. [Horse
& Hound


In other news…


This weekend’s horse
trials at Poplar Place Farm are anticipated to see a large turnout, including
some notable Olympic contenders.
WTVM reports on the event’s free gate
access and daily competition schedule, hoping to attract those interested in
volunteering their time! [WTVM]



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