Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Nobody will ever top this moment from 2017 Wellington Showcase. Photos by Kate Samuels.

If you learn anything from this photo series above, let it be known that you should always keep clicking, even when things go a little awry, because you might just catch some magic. Also, sincerely hope nobody feels the need to take this Woodge Challenge this weekend, because honestly she’s probably the best spider monkey out there.

National Holiday: National Fettucini Alfredo Day

Midweek U.S. Action: 

Full Gallop Farm February H.T. [Results]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Mars Eventing Showcase [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Ocala Winter I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Pine Top Intermediate H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe: 

We continue to keep Kailey Giancola in our hearts. The 25-year-old eventer, who suffered a severe brain stem injury in a horse-related accident on Dec. 16, is currently at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta and showing steady signs of progress. This week brought some hand squeezes, attempts to use her voice, several incidents of opening her eyes, and overall increased stimulation and alertness. “Hopefully these changes will be the final push that allow Kailey full emergence from this lower level of consciousness,” her brother David wrote in his daily update yesterday.  [Kailey’s CaringBridge Journal] [GoFundMe]

Having a horse that turns really well for cross country is more important than ever. I know, steering right? However, with the speed and adrenaline of cross country, sometimes the steering goes out the window. This sweet little exercise teaches horses to turn before, after, and over jumps, and is accessible to all levels of horses and riders. [Slick & Sharp: Cross Country Exercise]

As a pro of competing alone, I can tell you it’s a game of preparation. Practice being obsessively early for everything, make sure your horse(s) are good at standing on the trailer while you walk courses, and double check your packing list. [The Ultimate Guide to Competing Alone]

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