I saw this picture that Allie Conrad posted yesterday, and I just had to share it. I thought that we could all use a little cheering up, as a pall has fallen over the eventing community at the sudden loss of Seema Sonnad. I met Seema a few times, and always had pleasant and friendly interactions with her, but I knew her more from the glowing stories I heard from all her friends. Seema helped so many in a multitude of ways, and always did it with a smile. There are simply no words to express the loss that we all feel, and how many of us will still look for her in the warmup arena, clipboard and smile ready to go.
In the spirit of Seema, we encourage you all to put forth her energy as you go about your days, and try to give back whenever and wherever you can. We hope that her good heart will continue to benefit the world for a long time to come. [In Memoriam: Seema Sonnad]
U.S. Weekend Preview:
Tattersalls is streaming live world-wide all weekend. Tattersalls is holding a CCI3* and CIC3* this weekend, and the entire thing is being streamed live from start to finish. Buck Davidson will be contesting the CCI3* while Caroline Martin, Katherine Coleman and Rebecca Howard are all entered in the CIC3*. Brianne Stanley is also in the CIC1* YH. The streaming does require a one time log-in process. [CCI3* Leaderboard] [CIC3* Leaderboard] [Live Streaming Schedule]
Magnetic therapy….yay or neigh? Dr. David Ramey has a special way of writing things with no nonsense added, and his most recent article is on the topic of magnetic blankets and such. If you use magnetic therapy on your horse, do you know why you do it? Do you know where the therapy theories came from? Regardless of where you stand on the efficacy and use of such therapies, this is worth a read. [Magnets Are For Refrigerators]
International Velvet…almost as good as National Velvet? I had no idea that Tatum O’Neal (playing the main character Sarah Brown) had to learn to jump 3’6 in two months! That’s pretty impressive. Horse Nation found an excellent documentary on the making of International Velvet, and how they got Bill Steinkraus to coach the actress. Love the authenticity! [Making of International Velvet]
The flies have gotten so bad already this summer that I’m having to use bonnets just to work my horses on a daily basis. I like my super fancy custom bonnets for competitions, but it’s important to have a smart looking durable bonnet for home and lessons and such. This is where the SmartPak Custom Crochet Ear Net comes in, because you can still get your colors (or just some bling!) and don’t have to worry about spending a pretty penny. [SmartPak Bonnet of the Day]
Congrats to Tiffany Morey, the winner of EN’s giveaway for a Sportz-Vibe Massage Therapy Blanket courtesy of our awesome sponsor Horseware Ireland! We hope Simon and Lilly enjoy their new massage blanket. You can read all about Sportz-Vibe in our extensive product review at this link. [Sportz-Vibe]