Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips

Photos of horses jumping invisible ditches are fun. Sam Griffiths & Happy Times at Burghley. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Photos of horses jumping invisible ditches are fun. Sam Griffiths & Happy Times at Burghley. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Yesterday, I learned what could be called an “obvious lesson”. I was riding my last horse of the day, and feeling a little bit jelly-legged from returning to full work after a week in England not riding anything at all. My horse was feeling a little fresh, and so I turned to one of my favorite methods, which is to say “Oh, you’re feeling funky huh? Let’s gallop straight up this long hill and see how funky fresh you feel then!”. This went well for….a few strides…until he pulled a prong-sideways scoot-buck move, and I found myself mid-air without a horse underneath me. Somehow I managed to fall directly onto my knees, in a kneeling position. This was the lesson: NEVER FALL ON YOUR KNEES. It was a terrible decision, and I am mentally listing the things that I would rather have bruised than my knees, and it’s a long list.

North American Weekend Preview:

GMHA September H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Poplar Place Farm September CIC & H.T. [Website] [Times] [Live Scores]

Dunnabeck H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Feather Creek H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Flying Cross Farm H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Times]

Whidbey Island H.T. [Website] [Entry Status SATURDAY] [Entry Status SUNDAY]

FEI Global Weekend Preview:

Blenheim (GBR) CCI/CIC3* [Website] [Live Scores]

Jardy (FRA) CCI/CIC1*

Langenhangen (GER) CIC1/2* [Website]

Bonza (COL) CCI1*, CIC2*

Pompadour (FRA) CICYH1*

News From Around The Globe:

Stop what you’re doing right now, and remember how impressed you were with Libby Head & Sir Rockstar this spring at Rolex. The tiny jumping bean Rocky is trying to get overseas and compete at Pau CCI4* this fall (which I personally think will be exactly his cup of tea!), and Libby is raising money to help make that happen. The silent auction begins on Monday, and she has some very awesome things to offer: lessons with Kyle Carter, Jon Holling and many more, entries to Chatt Hills, River Glen, or Full Gallop, an IRH Elite helmet, a breeding to ArdCeltic Art, three coolers from Rolex, and several awesome tack gift certificates. This weekend, you decide what you want to bid on! [Send Libby & Rocky to Pau]

Emily King has taken the lead at Blenheim, sitting in first place in the CCI3* in her first attempt at the level. She is pretty thrilled to be there, and has her mom, Mary King, on groom duty for her, although she says that she’s been slacking! With a 35.4, she sits ahead of William Fox-Pitt on his two mounts, Freddie Mac and Seacookie, heading into cross country. [Teenager Takes Lead At Blenheim]

Rothchild, while finishing just outside the top four at the WEG in show jumping, won the hearts of the crowd with his feisty spirit. McClain Ward, so well known for riding the regal mare Sapphire, rode “Bongo” to fifth place, which was disappointing, as many of us wanted to see what the other top four riders would make of the little spitfire. “If he were a person I’d go have a beer with him. He’s a cool character and he’s straight. It is how it is. I appreciate that”. [COTH: Rothchild Was The Little Horse Who Could]

H&H blogger Coral Keen didn’t have the round she wanted in her first Burghley, and has quickly re-routed to Blenheim. Her four-star round was cut short by a few too many run-outs with Wellshead Fare Opposition, which she says was partly due to the atmosphere and crowds on the cross country course, which distracted him. She’s turned around quickly to Blenheim to practice some tips she picked up from Lucinda Green earlier this week. [Coral Keen’s Event Diary]

Flash Back Friday: Rolex 2014


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