Jon Holling spends so much time raising money for frangible fences and filming podcasts that he hasn’t got any time for shopping for a new pair of sunglasses. Or maybe he just prefers the pirate look? If anybody sees him at an event this weekend, perhaps one of you can take pity on him and find him a proper pair of sun shielding glasses with TWO eyes protected.
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Harry Meade is back at the top level this year, and we’re excited to see him at Kentucky this year. After suffering every rider’s worst nightmare of a fall last year, Harry has made an incredible recovery over the winter and has reorganized his lifestyle so that he can return to riding. He suffered real head trauma in the fall, and is still experiencing real after effects in his mental stamina, but is hopeful that things will continue to improve. He recently showed four horses at Oasby with clear cross country rounds and top-15 finishes for all. [Meade’s Recovery & Return to Competition]
Some of the top horse professionals in the world hardly ever ride, and that’s definitely true for Steffi Weigard. After 27 years as a professional groom for Michael Klimke, Stefi thought it might be time to retire. That is, until she got a call from Isabell Werth. Eight years later and she’s been by Werth’s side for gold medals at three FEI European Championships, two FEI World Equestrian Games, an Olympics and three consecutive FEI World Cup Final wins. Two of Wiegard’s charges, Bella Rose 2 and Weihegold OLD, have held the No. 1 Dressage World Ranking, and in 2017, three horses in her care were ranked in the top 10. In 2017 and 2018 she was nominated for the FEI Best Groom Award. [Groom Spotlight: The Woman Behind Isabell Werth’s Superstars]