Happy Friday! I’ve been getting my days mixed up all week thinking it was a day later than it actually was, so I am glad that today is actually Friday and I can stop confusing myself. In other news, all of the hype surrounding Carolina International caused me to completely forget about my fantasy baseball draft last night, but fortunately the Auto-pick gods seemed to have nodded in my favor. Who needs baseball when it’s full-on eventing season, anyway? That’s what I thought.
Jan Byyny and Inmidair put on a show yesterday in the CIC3* dressage. JR laid down a superb test, and while no pairs were able to crack into the 30s against the tough judging, there were still some lovely tests on display throughout the day. Hot on Jan’s tail is Will Coleman and the gorgeous Conair, who is rapidly proving that he is the real deal. Lying in third overnight are Doug Payne and Crown Talisman, who may have the most extravagant movement I’ve seen in awhile from an event horse. Drool worthy, I say!
In the CIC2*, Emily Beshear and the breathtaking mare Shame On the Moon lead the field after scoring a 45.0 yesterday. Rounding out the top three are Elinor MacPhail and Rendezvous with Charly (46.1) and Lesley Law on Fernhill Whatever (49.4). The top three consists of all gray horses, which is just fine by me!
Today, the CIC divisions will show jump and the national levels will begin competition with the dressage. Jenni and I will be updating you on the CIC3* show jumping and Kate will be representing the big EN in the CIC3* aboard Nyls du Terroir, so stay tuned for much more.
Day 1 Reports:
Events This Weekend:
Kentucky Equine Research (KER) is offering three lucky winners ticket packages to attend the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event or Kentucky Reining Cup. Two winners will each receive pairs of tickets to Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, including admission and seating. Another winner will get a pair of tickets to the Kentucky Reining Cup, including the CRI3* and World Freestyle Championship. To enter, go to www.equinews.com/ticketgiveaway and select the newsletters you’d like to receive and the drawing(s) you’d like to enter. The three lucky winners will be announced April 4, 2014, and will be contacted via the email address they’ve provided.
The University of New Hampshire Equine Program is holding an online sale of stallion semen provided by Tamarack Hill Farm. All proceeds of the sale will benefit the equine program. Many of the stallions available are in their last season of breeding, so now is a great time to buy if you have your eye on one of Tamarack’s stallions. Nine stallions, including Aberjack, Formula One, and Reputed Testimony, will be available. Limited quantities are available, and there is no live foal guarantee, but at the bargain prices it’s definitely worth a try! You can contact Stallion Sale Coordinator Christina Keim at [email protected] or 603-862-1174 for more information. [UNH Equine Program]
Do you have an equine first aid kit? You can never be too prepared, so having one on hand is always a good idea. In case you are unsure of what essential items you need, TheHorse has put together a handy guide for what should go in your kit. [Equine First Aid Kit]
Mark Todd has had some unfortunate setbacks with his top ride, NZB Land Vision. Now there is speculation that the horse may be close to retirement or at least a step down from competition at the top level. Unfortunate news if this notion comes to fruition, as this is one of our favorite Toddy horses to follow. [NZB Land Vision “Injury Prone”]
Here is Buck Davidson and Ballynoe Castle RM’s dressage test from Carolina International: