I’ve decided that amongst all the mottos for horse riders, this is the best one: NNL. Aka, Never Not Learning. I literally learn something new every single day that I interact with my horses or my students or my vet or my farrier. We all have something to give to one another with perspectives and moments in time that teach us little pieces of information. These little pieces gather over the years to our cumulative knowledge and I love it!
National Holiday: National Puppy Day!!
Major Events This Week:
U.S. Events This Week:
Stable View Spring Horse Trials [Final Scores]
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In very sad news, top eventing stallion Upsilon has been diagnosed with a mutation of the equine herpes virus. He has been battling the illness all week, and has been critically ill. His owner and rider Tom Carlisle says that his motor neuron system has been badly damaged, and doubts that the horse will return to competition. At the moment, he is back home from the hospital and they hope that they can maintain his health and bring him back to comfort and happiness. [Upsilon Battling For His Life]
Are you watching the USEF/USET Foundation North American Futures Team Challenge this weekend at Carolina International? The first ever Team Challenge kicks off this week at Cloud 11~Gavilan North LLC Carolina International CCI and Horse Trials. Eight U.S. athletes and two reserve combinations will be named to two teams to gain experience competing in a team environment. The Team Challenge was announced during the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention last December as part of U.S. eventing’s strategic plan, spearheaded by Erik Duvander, U.S. Eventing Director of High Performance. The new program looks to create a “culture of competitiveness” and provide a more clearly defined pathway for eventing athletes in the United States. [Team Challenge Players]
Two short format CCI4*-s champions face off at Carolina after the first day of dressage. Predictably, at this point, Liz Halliday-Sharp leads the field with Fernhill by Night, followed by last year’s winners Doug Payne and Vandiver. Liz believes “Blackie” is enjoying his job better than ever since she has decided just to do short format events with him, as that’s where he finds his happiness. Doug and “Quinn” are back together this year after taking the majority of last year off to repair some old damage in a stifle, and he’s excited to defend his title. [Champions Face off at Carolina]
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