Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips

The Four Star Eventing Group's Butch Cassidy sits in 2nd place in the CCI* with Will Coleman at Bromont. Photo via Will Coleman Eventing.

The Four Star Eventing Group’s Butch Cassidy sits in 2nd place in the CCI* with Will Coleman at Bromont. Photo via Will Coleman Eventing.

I think this is the first time in recent memory that I’ve been super jealous of the weather at Bromont versus what I’m experiencing here at home. It has done nothing but rain all week, and while on one hand I’m thrilled (because the footing, duh!), the other hand tells me that it’s depressing to be wet for more than two days in a row. I’m gonna go ahead and say this is a sign I shouldn’t move to England or Ireland.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

GMHA June H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Gennessee Valley Driving & Riding Club Spring  H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Plantation Field H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

The Middleburg H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

River Glen June H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Roebke’s Run CCI/CIC & H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Texas Rose Horse Park Summer H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Copper Meadows CIC & H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Arrowhead H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Derbyshire Farms H.T.  [Website]

News From Around The Globe:

Congratulations to Beth Libby, the winner of this week’s Fab Freebie from Bucas! Beth will receive a lovely Bucas Buzz Off Fly Sheet — we’re sure her horse will appreciate it! [Fab Freebie: Bucas]

Surefire Horse Trials is still accepting entries at all levels for the June 19-21 event. Beginner Novice through Intermediate courses designed by Tremaine Cooper at Jan Byyny’s gorgeous farm in Purcellville, Virginia are always a favorite for locals. They’ve added a wine and beer garden and tailgating this year, too! [Website] [Omnibus Listing]

Wear purple this weekend in honor of Seema Sonnad. A movement has begun for those attending, volunteering, or competing at events this weekend to wear purple in honor of Seema, who suddenly passed away last week. Purple was Seema’s color for cross country, and she could often be seen sporting a purple polo while volunteering as well. I’ll be competing at Plantation Field on Saturday, one of Seema’s favorite events to volunteer at, and will proudly be wearing purple in honor of this incredible woman.

William Fox Pitt is back on top of world number one standings after his win at Badminton. After Michael Jung temporarily ousted him at Rolex, WFP is back on top, with a fifteen point lead. Right behind them? Oh, this American dude named Boyd Martin, he’s in third place or whatever. [William Back On Top]

The 2016 Worth The Trust Scholarships are now open for application. If you are a young amateur rider or an adult amateur looking for a opportunity to fund your eventing education, you should consider applying. Worth The Trust scholarships give thousands of dollars to riders looking for ways to get more lessons, take more clinics, learn about course design, and many other opportunities. Applications open through October 1st. [Worth The Trust Scholarships]

We all love Jon Holling, and maybe a little more than usual because of his recent videos, but do you know what he’s been up to since he broke his leg this March? While he was originally planning to go to Rolex, that didn’t actually work out, and it turns out he’s sold his 4* mount, Zatopek B in the meantime. The Chronicle of the Horse caught up with him recently to chat about everything, including #winnerswearhairnets. [Ringside Chat with Jon Holling]

The British are just killing everyone on the FEI World Rankings for ALL equestrian sports. William Fox Pitt is in first place in Eventing, Scott Brash is in first place in show jumping, and obviously Charlotte Dujardin is murdering everyone in the Dressage world. What are they drinking? How do we get some of it?! [British Are All Number One]

If there’s one thing I’m a little superstitious about, it’s my cross country whip. Everyone has a favorite style, and mine is the jockey whip. Did you know you could get custom ones with different colors and different shaped poppers?  Yeah, you can. You can also order it through SmartPak, so you know it’s gonna be awesome. [Fowler’s Custom Jockey Whips]

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