Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips

Welcome Shadow and her groom, Sergio Reyes, hanging out in the barns at Morningside Training Farm during the prep for Great Meadow. Photo via USEF Eventing FB.

Welcome Shadow and her groom, Sergio Reyes, hanging out in the barns at Morningside Training Farm during the prep for Great Meadow. Photo via USEF Eventing FB.

Excitement is building for the very first Nations Cup in Northern America as the team riders and their horses were announced yesterday, and all the top pairs have been up near Middleburg this week training and working together. The event starts today, with the first horse inspection at 3 p.m., and then Morningside Bareback Puissance at 6:40 p.m.! I was invited to do that, but a) my horse has huge withers and b) I have a hard enough time staying on him with a saddle, so I’ll leave that to the professionals with flatter backed horses! Jenni is already bathing herself in sunscreen so that she can bring you live updates all weekend from the ground, and Samantha is also joining the party. Get ready!

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U.S. Weekend Preview:

Huntington Farm H.T. [Website]

Old Chatham H.T. [Website]

The Maryland at Loch Moy H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Great Meadow FEI Nations Cup CIC [Website] [Entry Status] [Schedule]

Chattahoochee Hills Summer II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

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

40th Annual Whidbey Island H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Round Top H.T. [Website]

Coconino Summer I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

There’s double excitement this weekend with the Event Riders Masters at The Saint James Place Barbury International Horse Trials, with a live stream available to everyone. Starting early on Saturday morning, ERM will be live streaming all forty combinations in the CIC3* championship in all three phases, so you can follow all your favorite top combinations the whole way through. [ERM at Barbury]

Heading to the AECs? Bring the family! The Tryon International Equestrian Center can basically make your AEC experience also sort of a vacation. With activities and parties every night for the horse people, there is also a golf course, fly fishing, hiking, restaurants and more! There is also an on-site hotel and lots of cabins for rent, so if you’re going to the AEC, book your room now! [AEC Fun Week]

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DISH NOGGIN. [Better Breed Names from Horse Nation]

Flies: The. Worst. Am I right? Nothing says summer like having to cover your horse in a varied layer of fly repellants before leaving the barn, only to find out that most of them stop working after 20 minutes in the woods and now your horse is covered in gnats, deer flies, and you have a bunch of green and black bombers zooming around you like kamikaze pilots. Stock up on the good stuff from SmartPak, and build your defense. [SmartPak Fly Repellant]