Good morning! The Eventing 25 training session is underway this week, and we’ve seen some great performances thanks to the USEF Eventing High Performance Facebook page. Stay tuned for a full report, but it seems safe to say that these promising riders are well on their way to an even better 2014. We are so relieved that the season is getting closer and closer to being in full swing; personally I can’t wait to wave goodbye to another freezing cold winter.
Events This Weekend:
Attention Area II eventers! The annual area meeting will be taking place tomorrow, January 25, and there is still space to sign up to attend. Also, there is a silent auction being held and you have until 7 pm tonight to get your bids in. Make sure to let the meeting organizers know that you plan to attend, and don’t miss a speech given by the Schramm’s at the awards luncheon on Saturday. All information can be found on the Area II website. [Area II Eventing]
Zara Phillips’ new bundle of joy has a name. Mia Grace was officially announced as the royal daughter’s name via Twitter yesterday. Zara and Mike certainly know how to create a buzz! Now, what we all want to know is how soon Mia Grace will be seeing saddle time. [Mia Grace Announced on Twitter]
Standlee Hay has been announced as the USEA’s newest sponsor. Based in Idaho, this family owned business manages alfalfa, timothy grass, and orchard grass to market to horse owners all over the country. As “The Official Forage Sponsor of the USEA,” Standlee prides itself on delivering quality and satisfaction with every crop. [USEA Announces Newest Sponsor]
Looking for a way to jump start those fitness resolutions? What better motivator than Michael Pollard? Chris Stafford spoke with Michael this week for the USEA Podcast Channel to get his take on rider fitness. Michael is quite into fitness himself, to put it mildly, and has put a lot of time into spreading the word about the importance of fitness for our sport. [USEA Podcast]
There are so many different options of leg protection for your beloved equine. Frankly the sheer number of choices sometimes makes my head spin. The Horse recently came out with some suggestions on choosing front leg protection for your horse. Nicole Carroll made an informative video with lots of useful information to arm yourself with for your next boot purchase. [How to Choose Front Leg Protection]
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Friday Video Break:
I will admit it, I am not a Broncos fan. However, this video that features the Super Bowl bound team’s mascot, Thunder, may have melted my cold, cold heart just a bit. I still refuse to wear orange, though.