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I can hardly believe the Olympics is only a month away. With the delay from last year, it feels like we’ve literally been waiting for a million years for the Olympics, and honestly, many of us started this year wondering if it would even happen at all. But a month will pass in a flash! With the final outing next week, I can’t imagine the pressure the riders and athletes are feeling, after such a weird year and a half. Crazy!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Arrowhead H.T. (Billings, Mt.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Fox River Valley Pony Club H.T. (Barrington, Il.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Inavale Farm H.T. (Philomath, Or.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Summer H.T. (Leesburg, Va.) : [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Midsouth Pony Club H.T. (Lexington, Ky.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Stable View Summer H.T. and Area III Championships (Aiken, Sc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

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The Olympics are a month away, but it’s not too early to look at the NBC Equestrian schedule. That’s it, this is just a link so you can pencil in your schedule the days on which you will be fully unavailable to everyone in your life as you’re watching the Olympics eventing. [NBC Equestrian Schedule]

Weighing the value of protection over the risk of heating tendons has always been on my mind. Turns out I’m not alone, and now scientists have done quantifiable studies on the heat effects of many different boot and wrap options that we customarily encounter. Spoiler alert: if you can ride your horse without boots, do. [Do Boots and Wraps Overheat Horse’s Legs?]

What do you do when you drive almost six hours to get to your first international FEI but your horse box breaks down? Well, if you’re Tia Lewis, and you’re determined to get there, you pop on your dressage gear with tails and all, top it with a high vis vest, and hack three miles down the road to get to your dressage test on time. [High-Vis and Tails, A Quest for Dressage]

I will not apologize for more Mollie Summerland articles. This one is from FEI, and it features some fun facts you may not already know about her, even if you’ve read all of the previous articles I’ve posted about her. If she wasn’t a professional rider, what profession would she choose? Read more to learn! [5 Facts About Mollie Summerland]

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