Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips

Wellington Showcase official timetables. Photo courtesy of Lainey Ashker.

Wellington Showcase official timetables. Photo courtesy of Lainey Ashker.

Watch out, Dressage riders and Show Jumpers, the Eventing crowd is invading Wellington! The $50,000 Wellington Eventing Showcase kicks off today, with the test ride at 9:00 and Marilyn Little beginning the division at 9:30 with RF Scandalous. We are very lucky to have Jenni Autry on the ground for the entire event, bringing you the very first live coverage of 2015. Our good friends at The Chronicle of the Horse will be hosting a live stream of all three phases, so bookmark the links below to tune in:

Friday – Dressage – 9:30 a.m. EST

Saturday – Show Jumping – 10 a.m. EST

Saturday – Cross Country – 1:00 p.m. EST

Live Scores

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Poplar Place Farm February H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status]

Sporting Days Farm I H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status]

Galway Downs Winter H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

News From Around The Globe:

Congratulations to Amanda Zimmerman, the winner of this week’s Fab Freebie! Amanda will take home a Wave Fork from Noble Outfitters to make barn chores a breeze! [Fab Freebies: Noble Outfitters]

Mark Todd’s California Clinic this past week was a smashing success, as he showed riders how to simply but effectively deal with jumping issues. Teaching show jumping on day one and cross country on day two, Mark set up exercises to emphasize the adjustability of all the horses, and show the riders how to feel their way to a distance instead of focusing on the number of strides. On cross country, he had riders think about riding multiple fences in a row, rather than just schooling single fences at a time. The Chronicle has a great report on the clinic. [Mark Todd’s California Clinic]

 With a body score of less than 1, and about a 2% chance of survival, Hope the Wonderhorse has surpassed all expectations and is thriving today, thanks to help from all around the world! We brought you Hope’s story last week, and in that time she has inspired thousands of people from countries all over the world to contribute to her cause and help her fight for her life. Now she even got to be on TV! WNCN from Raleigh came out to the farm at Old Glory Legacy Foundation to do a story on her yesterday. [Hope On TV]

Jordan McDonald’s family has recorded and released a song in his memory. Jordan’s sister Shanna Lynn and her husband Damian Marshall have recorded a version of his favorite song, The Boxer by Simon and Garfunkel. The song is now available for download on iTunes and all proceeds will go towards keeping Jordan’s dreams and goals alive, and supporting Shandiss and the horses as she pursues her career in dressage. [Jordan’s Song]

The newest USEA Podcast is up, this time discussing the east coast ICP Symposium with Chris Bartle. The second of two ICP Symposiums, taught by Chris Bartle, was held at Longwood Farm South, Ocala, Fla., on January 19-20th. Liz Halliday, Sharon White and Lauren Kieffer share their impressions and experiences! [Click Here to Listen or Read]

Everyone loves a great rehab story. Whether it brings us to tears or makes us even more grateful for our equine friends, rehab stories are some of the most inspiring stories to tell. For that reason, we’d love to hear yours! Send us your rehab story for your chance to win an awesome prize pack from OCD as well as see your story told right here on EN! [Win with OCD]

Best thing about early spring? Winter gear is on sale! It’s still plenty cold, and I’m still totally layering up every morning, and unless you’re south of Georgia, you’re with me on this one. SmartPak is ahead of the curve, with basically all of the awesome people and horse clothing that you need to survive this winter, and the next few. A few of my favorites: fuzzy boots for me, turnout blankets with necks for my horses, and everything Under Armour. [Winter Sale from SmartPak]

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