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The FEI Eventing European Championships for Ponies is underway, and I’m loving these first glimpses at the cross-country course thanks to the CrossCountry App! Watching these intrepid ponies and kids tackle tough courses with guts and gumption is one of my highlights of my live-streaming year, and if you also fancy tuning in for the excitement, you can do so via ClipMyHorse. Kick on, everyone!
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FEI Eventing European Championships for Ponies (Le Mans, France): [Definite Entries]
News From Around the Globe:
The pandemic changed a lot about our sport – and one of those things was prizegivings. Now, in the UK at least, prizegivings for national level classes are much less likely to happen, which means that riders can arrive, compete, and leave, often without ever interacting with organisers or sponsors. But, says Piggy March, it’s well worthwhile for all of us – especially pros – to take the time to express gratitude, provide feedback, and actually foster interactions between competitors and organising teams. Read her thoughts here.
You’ve packed extra haynets, plenty of water, and a couple of different sheets in case the temperature changes – but do you have a travel first-aid kit? There’s so much that can go wrong on the road, from cuts and bruises to colic to choke, and being adequately prepared (and then keeping all that kit up-to-date!) is absolutely crucial to stop a stressful situation from escalating into a serious crisis. Pack yours with advice from an equine vet.
How devoted are you to routine? I’ll confess that this is one of my weak spots – I’m prone to disorganisation and am the queen of winging it. But taking the time to create a tailored routine that suits you and your horse is one of the keys to success, says hunter trainer Rob Jacobs. More on that here.
Sack off your responsibilities and rewatch all the action from last weekend’s Nations Cup cross country at Avenches instead. It’s one of my favourite venues in the most beautiful of Swiss countryside – so I can’t be held responsible if you end up planning a trip there next year!