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It’s impossible to say goodbye to someone like Ann Haller—teacher, mentor, friend. I met Ann at my very first pony club camp in 2004. From that day, I felt like one of her “kids.” There is almost no one who has had a more significant impact on my life, and it’s hard to believe she’s gone so soon. Ann taught me so much about horses and life… she’s responsible for my career… and I’m so thankful that I knew and loved her. As she said to me countless times: See ya, love ya, bye❤️
Our eventing world is still feeling rocked by the sudden loss of Ann Haller, who touched so many lives all across the country. Her memorial service will be held tomorrow in Maryland, and in lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider a donation to the United States Pony Club Annual Fund, or to the Roger Haller Education Fund in her name.
Shelley Page is putting together a book of messages from friends to present Ann’s family at tomorrow’s service, and we’d love to invite our readers to share. You can email them to [email protected].
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Boyd Martin lived up to our EN predictions by winning the dressage yesterday in the AEC Advanced class. He scored a 25.6 with Long Island T (Ludwig) to sit comfortably ahead of second placed Mara Depuy and Congo Brazzaville on a 29.6. However, it seems like Derek is practicing for Burghley with the cross country course for this class, and today is a new day. [Boyd Leads AEC Advanced After Day 1]
If you’re looking for some warm-up tips for dressage, look no further than current leader at the European Championships, Laura Collett. She scored a 25.5 yesterday with London 52, or Dan as he’s known around the barn. She spoke with Horse & Hound about her warmup strategy with Dan, and how she’s been bringing the exciting young horse along to this level. [Warmup with Laura Collett]
Speaking of picking up tips from experts, how about a Burghley course walk with none other than Mark Todd? He may be retired from Eventing, but he’s still one of the greatest riders out there, and he certainly knows Burghley better than most. This year’s course is nothing to scoff at, as per usual, and we’re lucky to have Mark walk us through some of the more complicated complexes. [Walk Burghley with Mark Todd]
Ready for some insanely beautiful photos of mustangs? Lucky for you, we’ve got photographer Kisa Kavass doing a multi-part photo essay on Horse Nation of the wild mustangs of the Onaqui Mountains in Utah. [Behold Freedom]
Featured video: Bring on the AEC helmet cams! Here’s one from Anna Pierce and River King, who jumped clear with time around the Intermediate cross country course. Have a helmet cam to share? Send it to [email protected]