Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips

Eventers Kevin Smith and Laura Kosiorek do marriage the right way.

Eventers Kevin Smith and Laura Kosiorek do marriage the right way. Photo courtesy of Jackie Smith.

Jackie Smith from Stonegate Farm sent us the story to go along with the picture above, and it’s pretty cute. Two Eventers, Kevin and Laura, attended the same university without meeting until two other Eventers Carly & Sue Stromeyer played match makers and convinced the two to carpool to a competition together. At the end of the competition, Laura won her division, but Kevin won Laura! For their wedding of course they had to have a combined driving pair of Hanoverians named Rock and Roll, because there was no better way to top off a great day.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Horse Park of New Jersey II H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status]

Rebecca Farms CCI, CIC & H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Cobblestone Farms H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

Boyd Martin and Phillip Dutton are hosting an eventing symposium on Aug. 23 at Windurra Farm! Eventing With The Stars will cover six different topics, ranging from how to improve your dressage scores to cross country schooling exercises you can use at home. Tickets are $60 in advance or $70 at the gate (kids 12 and under get in free). [Eventing With The Stars]

Attention all C4 fans! If you’re at Rebecca Farm this weekend, then please stop by the C4 booth located near stabling for an epic group photo TODAY at 6 p.m. Spread the word and let’s get as many C4 fanatics as possible to show up!

Have you seen Ian Stark’s cross country course for the inaugural Rebecca Farm CCI3*? In true Ian Stark style, its got more than a few rider frighteners, but it looks absolutely amazing. It makes me wish I was there to attack it! Well, maybe not the ditch and wall….those are not my fave. But the rest of it looks beautifully made and designed and will ride well for the confident and accurate horse and rider combination. [Cross Country Course Preview]

Eight questions with top rider Jonelle Price? Yes please! Horse & Hound did a fun video with Jonelle asking her some burning questions such as: where is your dream holiday location and what movie did you last see? Hint: you’re not the only one harboring a crush on Jamie Dornan. [Jonelle Price is a Thrill Seeker]

COTH blogger Camilla Mortensen is tackling the Novice Three Day at Rebecca Farms this weekend, and sharing all the action day by day. Yesterday she completed dressage, but also got to school the steeplechase with last year’s CIC3* winner Matt Brown. Not only that, but all of the three day riders enjoyed “Trot Up 101” with Jennie Brannigan, covering everything from what to wear to when to ice your horse. [Day Two: Educated & Exhausted]

Expecting and Eventing: Genes, Jeans and Gender. In the latest great blog from Horse Nation, Lorraine Jackson explores the familial relationship with horses throughout her family, and considers the question of passing on the horse gene either consciously or unconsciously. Some people come from horsey families and catch the bug, and others come down with the sickness purely on their own. [Hot On Horse Nation]

Who doesn’t want to look fancy at a big competition? We all own items in our tack room that are “competition only”, so why not add to your collection with this amazing Custom Scrim Sheet from SmartPak? It’s not just for the Hunter Jumper crowd, it’s catching on with the Eventers, and you can get it in your custom colors! [Custom Curvon Scrim Sheet]

Flash Back Friday: 1965 and the first Grand Prix on U.S. soil

Ian Stark talks about his course design:

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