Big congratulations go out to Caroline Martin today, as she not only dominated both the five-year-old and four-year-old YEH Championship classes at VHT but got engaged to Deniz Pamukcu! What a week! Winning both of those classes is a huge accomplishment professionally, and it’s nice to see a personal happiness as well. Congrats Caroline!
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With record entries this year, the YEH Championships for the East Coast wowed the judges at VHT. As previously mentioned, Caroline won the 4 year old class with Redfield HSH Connor, finishing on an impressive 89.37 score, leading the pack from start to finish. She also won the 5 year old class with Redfield King, who at 18 hands conquered the challenges with ease, finishing on a 93.27! The second half of the five-year-olds had to be rescheduled for Sunday, as the bad weather and deteriorating footing conditions made it impossible to continue jumping. They will be scored as a separate division. [4-YO YEH Championships] [5-YO YEH Championships]
Ready for some podcast action during your Friday activities? In this episode of the Horse & Hound Podcast, US Olympic event rider Lauren Nicholson (née Kieffer) talks to podcast host and H&H eventing editor Pippa Roome about her transition from ‘barn rat’ through to Olympic rider and the special horses she’s worked with along the way. Also, a Pau recap and more! [H&H Podcast]
Each international division at VHT has at least one YEH graduate competing in it. With 16 YEH graduates from CCI* to CCI3*-L, they’re scattered everywhere on the entry list. Previous winners and top finishers from both four and five-year-old classes grace the grounds at the Virginia Horse Trials, can you spot them? [YEH Finishers Compete in International Divisons]
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Get your 10 point wellness and soundness check in perfect order with Dr Tim Ober. Going over your horse head to toe should happen on a daily basis if possible, and definitely knowing what to look for before issues arise is important to the longterm success of your partnership. [10-Point Soundness Check]
Listen: Karen and Rob from Major League Eventing get to know the great voice of many events heard around the world: Brian O’Connor, a legendary announcer who has called everything from Pony Club to WEG.
Watch: Go babies go! From the West Coast USEA Future Event Horse Championships at Woodside last week…