Good morning! I must say, I was quite pleased to see that Lexington and Wellington have put in their bids of interest in hosting the 2018 World Equestrian Games, if only for the fact that this would likely give me a chance to see Michael Jung ride in person again. After figuring that there really isn’t going to be a feasible way for me to get to Normandy next year, this news is quite welcome since I wouldn’t have to cross an ocean to go! Great Britain is also in the running, although the proposed host city has not yet been named, as is Canada and its fabulous Bromont location. We will know a bit more after December 2 when the official host city candidates are announced.
Events This Weekend:
October is the last month to qualify for FLAIR’s contest! You can win $250 by winning back to back horse trials between now and October 31. Be sure to use FLAIR strips for both your cross country and stadium rounds (take photos so we can see you rocking them!), and FLAIR will give you $250 in bragging rights! [Eventers Win Big With FLAIR]
Breaking news! “Equestrianism” has been named to the Top 10 list of the most expensive sports! As if we did not already know this. What we didn’t know, I bet, is that “equestrianism” is what all of the non-locals are calling it. I had to chuckle a few times when I read this article, as the person who wrote it clearly was basing much of their knowledge off of a recent political figure and his wife’s dressage horse. Just a hunch, though. [Top 10 Most Expensive Sports]
Oregon and Kentucky have reported new West Nile Virus cases. A total of eight horses have reportedly tested positive for this scary disease between Oregon and Kentucky. [WNV Reports for Oregon and Kentucky]
Eventing superstar Jock Paget may continue his world domination with the Adelaide CCI***. While he plans to be on location for clinics during the Adelaide event, he may also hop on horseback and cruise around the course in true Paget style. Not a lot of details are available yet, but keep your eye on that entry list! [Paget May Ride at the Austrialian Four Star]
Are you as befuddled by the seemingly countless blanketing options as I am? SmartPak has a great guide that will help you sort through your options this year. Can I just order one of each and get it over with? [SmartPak Blanketing Guide]
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Your Friday Video Break:
AEC rewind! Watch Katy Groesbeck and Oz the Tin Man’s stellar show jumping round from the AECs.