With the hustle and bustle of record-breaking 78 starter strong 4*-L serving as a National Championship to keep tabs on, it’s easy to overlook the six other divisions taking place at the Tryon International Three-Day Event this weekend. In addition to half the 4*-L combinations coming down the center line the 3*-L, 2*-L, OI, OP, and PR divisions also rode their dressage yesterday. As far as the international divisions go, Will Coleman and Chin Tonic HS will lead the 3*-L heading into Saturday’s cross country with a 25.7 and Sara Kozumplik Murphy and Otta B Quality are out in from in the 2*-L on a 25.2 with the second half of that division also still to ride their dressage today.
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Other athletes get scholarships to attend college, so why not eventers too? Transylvania University offers the only know college evening scholarship to early applicants looking to ride on the team. And no, you won’t have to move to Romania. Transylvania University is located in Lexington, Kentucky which has notable more horses and fewer vampires. [Unique Eventing Scholarship Offered at Transylvania University]
Unfortunately there are no magical corrective lenses to help you see a stride to a jump, so that’s where practice and training come in. Instead of blindly aiming yourself towards fence after fence, try this exercise from Jane Marsden Hamilton out of her new book Stride Control. [Now You See It…Now You Don’t]
Handling the stress of air travel is no small feat for horses and we still don’t know the exact tolls on their health and wellness that flying takes. With the support of the Morris Animal Health Foundation, researchers out of Italy’s University of Bologna are gathering information on 2000 horses flying overseas routes. The data gathered will be used to develop equine air travel protocols to help decrease the risk of health and behavioral problem that can develop during flight. [New study will help develop health guidelines for horses transported by air]
England entered another nationwide lockdown on November 5th (and frankly, the US may not be far be behind depending on local governments.) This FAQ is a great resource for British horse owners as they navigate caring for their horses during a pandemic. Though the rules and regulations referenced may not apply outside of England, it’s still full of excellent recommendations should parts of the U.S. re-enact more stringent precautions as we head into winter. [Coronavirus Q&A: horse riders, businesses and employees — all you need to know]
The FEI awards are looking a little different this year as it’s a competition among the best of the best from the past decades. You can vote for your favorites here.