Friday News & Notes

Baby Liana, the newest member of the EN team! Photo by Maggie Deatrick.

Our very own number crunching, masterful analyzer, badass upper level riding, EN extraordinaire did the incredible during a pandemic and brought her very own little baby burrito into the world. Maggie Deatrick and her husband Eric welcomed Liana during a snow storm, and quite frankly, we can’t wait to indoctrinate her into the EN family. It is a very cute burrito, if I say so myself.

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I love nothing more than tales of the old horse world from the 50’s and 60’s. I grew up listening to stories of Kathy Kusner, the Galloping Grandfather, and many other legends in equestrian sport. Sonny Brooks was certainly a legend, breaking records and barriers along the way, and always earning respect through his gentle manner with the horses, and his great skill as a rider. [Sonny Brooks Broke Records & Barriers]

2021 promises many things, but among those is the Retired Racehorse Project MEGA Makeover!  This week emails were sent out to accepted trainers, and they welcomed a record 484 trainers. The Thoroughbred Makeover is the world’s largest and most lucrative retraining competition for ex-racehorses, and the 2021 class combined with 322 trainers from the postponed 2020 competition year will make this the biggest Makeover yet. Congrats trainers, I know you’ll have a wonderful journey and a magnificent competition! [RRP Mega Makeover 2021]

The loss of Matthew Wright hit the eventing community hard, but riders have been inspired to give in his memory. Over £2,000 has been donated to the service set up to support Riders Minds, which was set up to support the mental health and well-being of the equestrian community. Matthew, who had always spoken openly about his mental health issues, created Riders Minds with his wife Victoria. The aim was to provide information, help and understanding, and to raise awareness of and promote conversations about mental wellbeing. You can donate to Riders Minds here.

Transform you horse’s canter with just two randomly placed poles? Chris Burton says it’s possible, so it must be so. Read these simple steps to take on possibly the least complicated but most difficult exercise and challenge yourself and your horse this month. [Transform Your Horse’s Canter with Christopher Burton]