Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips

Caroline Martin gives Center Stage a well deserved pat after dressage. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Caroline Martin gives Center Stage a well deserved pat after dressage. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

One of these days, I’ll have to make the trek to Richland. I’ve put it off for years now, because I’ve just been imagining the ridiculously long drive up to Michigan from Virginia. However, in these past few years, Richland has really become a destination competition, and all the big names mark it down on their calendars for every August. Certainly they have nicer weather than August in Virginia!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Richland Park CIC, CCI & H.T.  [Website[Schedule/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Huntington Farm H.T. [Website]

Hunt Club Farms H.T.  [Website]

Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Caber Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

Buck and Reggie 4-Eva!! But seriously, you guys. Ballynoe Castle RM pranced his way to a 38.4 yesterday at Richland in the CIC3*, to lead the class. Buck predicted that Reggie would lead the class by 20 points, and he was a little bit off on that estimate, but that’s OK because he’s also in 2nd place, 10th place, and 11th place. Everybody loves a bro-mance, and Buck + Reggie is a longstanding fan favorite. [Buck Davidson Leads Richland CIC3*]

Andrew Nicholson says he was lucky to not be paralyzed from his fall a few weeks ago. He confirmed that he will not be competing for the remainder of 2015, as his surgeon told him that paralysis was the result for 98% of people suffering from the same neck injury. When Andrew calls it a day, you know it is serious. [Andrew Nicholson Out for 2015]

Boyd Martin and Phillip Dutton are hosting an eventing symposium this Sunday, Aug. 23 at Windurra! Eventing With The Stars will cover 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]

FEI European Pony Eventing Championships? Day. Made. Watching the video of these little ponies and kids rocking around challenging cross country courses makes me wish SO BADLY that I was born in a place where I could have done that. I would have been all over it! This is basically the reason why we don’t win more internationally. These kids and these ponies. [European Eventing Ponies]

At the Thoroughbreds For All Saratoga symposium a few weeks ago, it was a chance to watch, learn and listen from some of the best horsemen and women in the industry, including America’s winningest retired female jockey, Rosie Napravnik, show jumping hall of famer and KY Derby winning trainer Michael Matz, dressage rider Nuno Santos, Dr. Stowe Burke, and Laine Ashker and Jennie Brannigan. The common theme between all of these Thoroughbred advocates was the strength of the Thoroughbred heart, and how it’s the best thing for any athlete in any discipline. [Thoroughbreds For All]

This is one of those little tiny things in a barn that you never notice, but once you have it, you can’t go back. A whip holder! I’m sure I’m not alone in owning more than my fair share of whips, because after all, you need a stick that’s light for show jumping, the jockey style heavier whip for cross country, and a few different lengths of dressage whips. Obviously! This handy little wall hanger makes sure they all stay right in place neatly and don’t fall all over the floor when you try to select one. [SmartPak Product of the Day]

WFP prepares for Blair Castle by winning Hartpury…

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