Friday News & Notes from Stable View

If it was up to us, Tom Crisp would take all the biggest trophies from Badminton for his almost heroic levels of theatrics in the lake — but while that’s not possible, he did get a wry nod from his fellow firefighters, who presented him with a special certificate for ‘swimming the length of Badminton Lake’. I’m not sure what I like best – the very primary school vibe of that certificate, or the look of shocked befuddlement on Tom’s face. Perfect.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Hunt Club Farms H.T. (Berryville, VA): [Website] [Ride Times] [Rider Status] [Volunteer]

Otter Creek Spring H.T. (Wheeler, WI): [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scoring]

Fair Hill International Recognized H.T. (Elkton, MD): [Website] [Ride Times] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (Fairburn, GA): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scoring]

Spring Gulch H.T. (Littleton, CO): [Website] [Ride Times]  [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

Is it time for the Thoroughbred industry at large to consider sports beyond racing as equally important? Natalie Voss of The Paulick Report thinks so — not least because that would require the industry to acknowledge that aftercare beyond racing is more than an act of charity, it’s a duty. Read the full piece here.

The FEI has revealed a set of guidelines for improving conditions at international competitions. This will positively impact things like footing, stabling, and contamination risk, using a simple yes or no checklist to ensure standards are being met. Learn more about it.

There are plenty of ways to embarrass yourself in the show ring. Fortunately, dressage rider and coach Sara Bradley has given most of them a good go, and she uses her tails of woe (very funny woe, mind you) to keep her students from feeling the stress of their own competition days. Here are her stories.

When you’re training an inexperienced horse, it’s so important to go at their pace. This means that avoiding overtaking them is essential — and that’s not just limited to the size of the fences you point them at. This excerpt from Eric Smiley’s The Sport Horse Problem Solver will help you make the right calls.

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