Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Just another wild and crazy OTTB at 6 a.m. coming in from turnout. Photo by Kate Samuels.

National Holiday: National Get Gnarly Day

Major Weekend Events:

The Event at Rebecca Farm CCI, 3DE, & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Horse Park of New Jersey II CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Hunt Club Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From around the Globe:

A handful of nations are sending riders to the test event in Tokyo next month to scope out the scene for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Dubbed “Ready Steady Tokyo”, the event runs on August 12-14, and participation will allow those countries to enter into their final preparations with more information about the climate, the facility, and other factors. England is sending William Fox-Pitt on Summer at Fernhill as well as Georgie Strang riding Halltown Harley. [British Team Sends 2 Top Riders to Tokyo]

How many horses can say they started eventing in 2018 and by 2019 are set to represent their country internationally? I think probably just one: Starr Witness. The “Ginga Ninja” began her life in the hunter ring, but it wasn’t really to her liking, so she went to Doug Payne last spring to try out eventing, and her career bloomed from there. With 1.20 meter jumper experience under her belt already, she was quick to move up the levels, and now is aimed to go to the Pan American Games in just a few weeks. [Pan Am Profile: Starr Witness]

Hickstead Eventing Challenge first-timers Nicky Hill and Kilrodan Sailorette went out of the box first and set a blistering pace that nobody else could catch. Though she is little, at 15.1 hands tall, the chestnut mare ate up the ground and has a huge jump. Unfortunately for previous winner Paul Tapner, he had to settle for second place as he came in 1.15 seconds behind the girl power pair. [Hickstead Debutante Wins it All]

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