Friday News & Notes Presented by Horse First

Sharks in the water? Photo by Ashley Claus.

After weeks of terrible draught here in Virginia, I spent several days watching thunderstorms literally pass within a mile of my farm while all my grass fried in the fields. Then yesterday, it finally dumped rain for an hour, and honestly I’ve never been more excited for anything in my life. I got to drag my arena without dying of dust inhalation, I got to do more than walk on hacks because the ground was no longer concrete, and my life is complete. Rain is life!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

The Woodside Summer Event (Woodside, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

GMHA Festival of Eventing H.T. (South Woodstock, Vt.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Otter Creek Summer H.T. (Wheeler, Wi.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Waredaca H.T. (Laytonsville, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Windridge Farm Summer H.T. (Mooresboro, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Major International Events:

NAF Five Star Hartpury International H.T. (Glocestershire, United Kingdom): [Website] [Start Times and Scores]

FEI European Championships for Ponies (Strzegom, Poland): [Website] [Entries]

Bromont Horse Trials (Montreal, Quebec): [Website]

Le Grand Complet FEI Nations Cup – Haras Du Pin (Le Pin-au-Haras, France): [Website] [Scoring and Timing] [Live Stream]

News From Around the Globe:

The world modern pentathlon governing body is to conduct a “full review” of the riding element of the women’s competition in Tokyo after “distressing” scenes at the Games. The sport, in which competitors have to take on a showjumping course of up to 1.20m on borrowed horses, as well as fencing, swimming, running and shooting, has sparked debate over the standard of riding at every recent Olympics. The sport had already agreed on a new format for the 2024 Games; it will run as a single 90-minute event with equestrian first, and an elimination system that might encourage better horsemanship. [Modern Pentathlon Facing Review]

Striking the right tone in the warm-up is key to producing the ride you’ll have in the arena, whether you’re schooling upper level work at home or about to go into the show ring. Heels Down Mag selected five different warm-up routines from professionals on how to get the most out of the beginning of your ride, and how to instill confidence, forwardness, and relaxation in the horse. [Relaxing Warmup Techniques]

Young, promising event horses are beginning to gear up for the 2021 Future Event Horse Program Championships, which will take place in the next two months. The 2021 USEA FEH East Coast Championships will be held September 25-26 at Loch Moy Farm, the FEH Central Championships will take place at Haras Hacienda on October 9-10, and the FEH West Coast Championships will be held at Twin Rivers Ranch from October 29-30. Let’s check in on the previous winners of FEH championships! [Where Are They Now?]

History, Heroics, and Horsemanship. Looking back at the Tokyo Games, nope, we aren’t over it yet. [Top Ten Tokyo Moments]

Best of Blogs: Road to the AEC: Leaving The Startbox with Faith, Not Fear

A new concept to top-up eventing prize money from live-streaming sales will make its debut at the Chedington Bicton Park CCI5* Horse Trials. The five-star fixture organized to replace the cancelled 2021 Burghley Horse Trials, will be live-streamed by Elite Eventing TV. The Event Rider Master series team is behind the new Elite Eventing TV channel, which will be broadcast via Horse & Country TV’s streaming service. Access to watch the Bicton live-stream will cost £25, or £20 for Horse & Country members, and content will also be available on-demand for 90 days after the event. [Bicton 5* Live Stream Plans]

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