This is one of my favorite facts about Burghley: both the mower and operator have mowed the infamous center line since the inception of the event in 1961! The mower itself only comes out once a year to do its due diligence with this very important task, and then is carefully put away for another year. If that’s not a healthy dose of British tradition, I don’t know what is.
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Recapping day one of Burghley, Bettina Hoy leads the way on Designer 10. She killed it in the white box today, unsurprisingly, with a 34.5 and an eight point lead over second placed Bill Levitt on Improvise. The top riders are all aware that it’s not a dressage competition though, and our own Samantha Clark is doing a brilliant job of covering the action. [Burghley Day One]
Husband and wife super duo Tim and Jonelle Price are feeling confident after day one. Jonelle and Classic Moet are sitting in 6th place with a 48.5 while Tim and Bango are in 10th on a 49.5. Tim has one more ride tomorrow, as well as the other half of the field, and they’re delighted to be up at the top for the beginning of a grueling weekend. Both of them are looking forward to the cross country. “It looks incredibly well presented,” said Jonelle. “It is a true four star track.” [Team Price Confident After Day One]
Who are the Four Leaf Clovers? Just a team of awesome Connemara ponies (and their riders) who are competing in the Amateur Training division at the AECs this weekend. The team is comprised of Blue Ridge Breckenridge, ridden by Cynthia Holbrook, Foothills Field Marshall, ridden by Elliott Blackmon, Hideaway’s Special Delivery, ridden by Cathy Blackmon and Valley Creek Carlin LeBeau, ridden by Carla Jimmerson. Looks like Connemaras really can do it all! [Four Leaf Clovers: Pony Power]
Is your horse moody as all get out? There are some horses that have split personalities, and it can be very frustrating to work with them when they’re different every day you go out to the barn. The first place to start is talking about possible medical concerns that can be causing them discomfort, like joint pain, gastrointestinal distress, or even allergies. The Horse has a great article to help you trouble shoot your unpredictable equine. [Moody Horses: What To Do]
Feeling inspired by all this talk about cross country action from the AECs and Burghley? Get yourself a treat. And by treat I obviously mean awesome new cross country boots, because that’s how I splurge on myself. These Professionals Choice Pro Mesh XC G1 Boots are righteously amazing, and totally worth your time. I’ve had a pair for over a year now and they have great protection, awesome air flow, and they come at a really reasonable price. [SmartPak Product of the Day]
Selena O’Hanlon is looking for a working student to join her team. Do you have what it takes?