Happy Friday! It’s not too thrilling of a Friday for me, as it’s moving weekend. Moving weekend, and I only started packing just before I began writing this. Go ahead and judge, everything is fine. I’m a master procrastinator when it comes to important things like moving into a new home and such. There’s also a cross country schooling this weekend that I’m missing, but everything seems to have worked out for a reason since my horse is enjoying a few days of vacation while he awaits a stifle injection.
At least that’s what I’ll keep telling myself. Everything happens for a reason. Procrastinating happens for a reason. Sure, that sounds…fine.
In other (more relevant) news, the Florida Horse Park Spring Event Camp was a big success. EN happily donated hats for the campers to wear, and they were a big hat! The Florida Horse Park will be hosting its 12th annual Awards Luncheon and Silent Auction on August 16 at the Ocala Hilton, featuring keynote speaker Clayton Fredericks.
The Horse Park is looking for silent auction donations as well as other support, so check out their website here for more information on how you can help. Go Florida Eventing!
U.S. Weekend Preview:
Groton House Farm H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]
Genesee Valley Hunt H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]
Horse Park of New Jersey I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]
Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]
Inavale Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]
Encore H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]
Abbe Ranch H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]
FLAIR Nasal Strips is a sponsor of this weekend’s Encore Farm Horse Trials in Area VIII. All riders who place first through sixth in each division will receive a FLAIR strip as a part of their prize. For those of you who are new or unfamiliar with FLAIR strips, you can check out their new application videos on their YouTube channel for more information. [FLAIR Nasal Strips]
Coach Daniel Stewart is channeling his inner John Mayer. Ok, maybe not, but the title of his latest column brings to mind one of the crooner’s songs. A renowned sport psychologist who specializes in equine work, Daniel discusses the conversations we all need to have with ourselves when riding and competing. If you haven’t check out his column over on USEA, you’re missing out! [Say What You Mean, Mean What You Say]
Recently, both Boyd Martin and Phillip Dutton were featured in the Washington Post in a write-up on their preparations for Toronto next month. It’s always cool to see eventers getting “mainstream” media coverage. Keep it up, guys! [Boyllip in Washington Post]
We all love watching horse and rider tackle the famed Hickstead Derby Bank. Horse & Hound compiled a list of the best ways not to handle this formidable obstacle. #FailFriday? [How NOT to Jump the Hickstead Bank]
Will Triple Crown winner American Pharoah tackle the Breeders Cup Classic this fall? We’d all like to hope so. After all, it’s a huge treat that this horse will continue racing through the season, so we can’t imagine it’s off the radar. Yahoo! Sports tackles the subject and gets us all excited to see him take on another field of challengers. [Will AP Run in the Classic?]
Need some inspiration? Look no further than Danish Para-Dressage rider Stinna Tange Kaastrup, who was born with no legs. This doesn’t stop her from reaching for the top, though, and she’s even competed at WEG. Mind blowing, awe inspiring, and incredible. Just a few words to describe this girl.