It’s Burghley weekend! Our very own Kate Samuels is checking in from Burghley, accompanied by the one and only Chinch. In addition to repeat offenders such as William Fox-Pitt and Andrew Nicholson, this weekend marks seventeen riders’ first Burghley. While I’m extending fierce Go Eventing vibes toward all competitors, I’m reserving some extra special long-distance cheering power for Area IV’s Meghan O’Donoghue and Pirate. Be sure to visit EN often for updates on all the action across the pond! Go Burghley. Go Eventing.
North American Weekend Preview:
Aspen Farms H.T. [Website]
Copper Meadows H.T. [Website]
King Oak Farm Fall H.T. [Website]
Bucks County Horse Park Fall H.T. [Website]
FEI Global Weekend Preview:
Ratomka (BLR) CCI1*/2*, CIC3* [Website]
San Pedro Sula (HON) CCI1*
News & Notes:
Any Ford Mustang fans out there? Researchers at mojomotors.com recently determined that the majority of car model names fall into 12 categories (such as nature terms, words that evoke a sense of adventure, or words conveying power), and a large number of those names are inspired by horses. Think of Dodge Chargers, Hyundai Equus, and the infamous Pinto, among many others. So why horse names? According to the study, car makers want consumers to think of “power, beauty, speed, athleticism, adaptability” when they see a name like the Rolls-Royce Camargue. Go driving. [Horsetalk]
Speaking of driving, the Dutch are dominating Combined Driving at WEG: Ijsbrand Chardon and Koos de Ronde, both of The Netherlands, have set provisional dressage scores landing them in first and second place, respectively. Dressage continues today, with drivers including USA’s Chester Weber and Australian world champion Boyd Exell. Be sure to check out HN’s guide to Combined Driving at WEG. [The Horse]
Want to ride with Mary King? The one and only Mary King will be teaching a 2-day clinic at Morven Park on November 20-21. For more information, contact Kelly Gage at (859)699-7383 or visit the event’s Facebook page.
Let’s hear it for the event organizers: If there’s one thing that #ArmageddonWEG is getting right, it’s the FEI Observer Program. This is an opportunity for future international event organizers to observe and experience some of the organizational requirements and challenges that equestrian event officials might encounter at the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics and 2018 Bromont WEG. [The Horse]
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