NAJYRC excitement continues throughout the weekend, with more dressage today, and then a lot of cross country course walking and a little bit of nerves and sweaty palms tonight, followed by the best day ever! Cross country day at Young Riders is the epitome of a team effort, it’s so great coming through those finish flags and seeing your teammates standing there with sponges and sweat scrapers, screaming at the top of their lungs. What a feeling!
However, we also now have some really fantastic things happening across the pond, with the Aachen championships happening. Dressage times have been posted, and it’s sure to be a weekend full of stiff competition. The USA’s Clark Montgomery will ride Loughan Glen at 11:12 am local time (5:12 am EST). You can peruse the full list of ride times on Aachen’s website. We’ve got a cross country preview, which if you haven’t seen, it’s worth the time before Saturday! [Cross Country Preview]
Events This Weekend:
Aspen Ridge H.T. [Website]
USPC Festival [Entry Status/Times]
News From Around The Globe:
Matthias Rath & Totilas made an almost unimaginable return to power yesterday at Aachen in the Grand Prix, winning on an 82.3%. While many people have wondered if the “wonder stallion” would ever return to his former glory of WEG 2010 with Edward Gal, Rath certainly made a big step towards quieting them this week. The fourteen year old stallion has been in and out of competitions, suffering injuries and generally looking lackluster since his sale four years ago, but he positively stomped the competition at Aachen. The US contingent was led by Laura Graves with a Grand Prix score of 73.00 on Verdades, and world number one Charlotte DuJardin only managed to rank sixth with a score of 76.90 percent. [Chonicle Of The Horse]
New Zealand is out in full force at Aachen this weekend, bringing almost the whole team in preparation for the WEG. Andrew Nicholson and Nereo head the team, which also includes Tim Price on Wesko, Jonelle Price on Faerie Dianimo, and Lucy Jackson on Willy Do will compete as a team, with Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy competing as individuals. Caroline Powell and Jock Paget will also be attending the competition, although not competing themselves. Mark Todd is the only one left out, as he was unable to attend, but it still seems like a pretty stiff group of competitors to me. [New Zealand Team Wants Gold]
British dressage gold medallist Laura Tomlinson welcomed her first child yesterday. Laura and her husband, polo player Mark Tomlinson, shared yesterday that their daughter Annalisa was born happy and healthy. While Laura has not competed since last September, as individual bronze medallist and team gold medallist at the London 2012 Olympics, we can only imagine that she’s excited to spend time with her baby, and then get back to kicking butt in the saddle. [Horse & Hound]
Our final four blogger contestants have spoken! We posted their final round entries on Bloggers Row yesterday, and we want your feedback! Who will be named the newest EN blogger? We will put up a voting post this week, and the results of your votes will be taken into consideration when choosing our winner. [Bloggers Row]
A dressage fix for your horse’s tail if you’re not totally willing to pull or clip the whole thing!