Well, at the beginning of this week, everyone I know was celebrating an entire 7-day forecast without rain, which would be a real treat. Now, we’re all hunkering down for what may be a snowpocalypse, a wicked ice storm, or maybe if we’re lucky, nothing. Really, with Virginia weather, who knows. Basically, the best idea is to be prepared for all three within 24 hours. Welcome to January.
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Eventers in England are like those of us who don’t get to go south for the winter: still on winter training mode. We aren’t competing, we’re mostly doing grid work and road work, and we’ve got a few months before it has to mean anything. The indomitable Nicola Wilson shares some of her best winter training tips in this article from H&H, and if you’re braving the cold like me, you’ll want to read up. [Winter Training Tips with Nicola Wilson]
British Eventing is instituting rules for horses with repeated cross country eliminations in 2019. If a horse has two consecutive eliminations from either refusals, run-outs, horse or rider falls, or three eliminations in a rolling 12-month period, the horse and rider pair will be required to drop down a level at their next outing. If the eliminations prove consistent enough, BE will step in and speak with the rider about coaching opportunities that might boost their success in the future. [BE Cross Country Rules 2019]
Hot on Horse Nation: Riders Going Bridleless
Tiny child giggling and galloping? Sign me up. There are a few things in life that bring pure, unadulterated joy: laughter, horses and adorable tiny humans. This video is all of those three things wrapped up into one heart-melting video. [Jumper Nation]