It’s that breather weekend in between Rolex and Badminton, and I still find myself trying to recover from my Rolex hangover. To help alleviate (or encourage?) this, I’ve been glued to the USEF Network watching all of the raw footage from the cross country rounds last weekend. So far, my favorite round has to go to Libby Head and Sir Rockstar (see below video) for rocking around their first four-star course with ease. Also, Go Dawgs.
Events This Weekend:
The FEI world rankings have been updated, and to the surprise of none Mr. Fox-Pitt himself finds himself on top. He takes the rank from Andrew Nicholson after his masterful win at Rolex last weekend. Three other Americans find themselves in the top 10 this time, up from 1 at the last rank: Buck Davidson, Marilyn Little and Phillip Dutton. While I am sure this is little consolation to Marilyn, who just lost one of the horses who helped her achieve this rank yesterday, it is nonetheless quite good news to see the USA representing on the world stage. [FEI Rankings]
Ever wanted to try in-hand showing? Horse & Hound has some tips for you! A great way to show off potential for young and/or green horses, there are several techniques to work on if you plan to try showing your horse in-hand. [In-Hand Showing Tips]
Derby favorite California Chrome has quite the story. What do you get when combine “Dumb Ass Partners,” a jackass, and a not-so-royally bred chestnut colt? A Derby favorite. Trust me, when you read this story, you may be placing your bet on this handsome chestnut and his wry and real connections. Do I smell a Hollywood ending? [California Chrome]
Zara Phillips helped open Warwickshire College’s new equine facility in Moreton Morrell. The center will provide state of the art equipment and allow students to get hands on experience with managing and running a horse farm. [Zara Phillips Opens Equine Center]