Friday News & Notes from Zoetis

 

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It takes a long old time to truck horses back across Europe from central Italy, and most of last week’s World Championships competitors — including the winner, Banzai du Loir — only made it home yesterday. I’ve been following their journeys keenly, partly because I love a top-horse-hangs-out-at-gas-station moment, and partly because all the reunions at the end of the journey melt my heart. Check out how sweetly Banzai was welcomed back to his stable at Yaz Ingham’s stunning Cheshire base. Definitely a bedroom fit for a champion!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Stable View Oktoberfest (Aiken, SC): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Twin Rivers Fall International (Paso Robles, CA): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. (Allentown, NJ): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring]

Larkin Hill Fall H.T. (North Chatham, NY): [Website] [Scoring]

Meadowcreek Park Fall Social Event (Weatherford, TX): [Website] [Scoring]

Old Tavern H.T. (The Plains, VA): [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer]

University of New Hampshire H.T. (Durham, NH): [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer]

Major International Events

Ballindenisk International CCI4*-L: [Website] [Entries/Times]

News From Around the Globe:

Congratulations to the newly-crowned Area IV champions! After a hotly contested weekend of sport at Otter Creek, four new title-holders walked away victorious. [Meet them here]

I remain convinced that one of the things that keeps us all going is that quest for perfection. Maybe none of us will ever achieve it, but maybe — just maybe — we’ll get the chance to enjoy one of those extraordinary days in which all the pieces fall into place and we have the ride of a lifetime. [It happened to Laura Adriaanse]

Virtual reality headsets are being trialed as a way to measure concussion recovery. It doesn’t sound quite as fun as using them to play Mario Kart, but football, soccer, and racing alike are putting the technology to the test to try to measure the severity of concussions and moderate the recovery from them, which could have a seriously useful trickle-down effect into our sport. [This is no glitch in the matrix]

Training Tip of the Week: Successful Eventing is About Speed, Not Power

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