Friday News & Notes Presented by Stable View

Gallop tracks getting ready for Paris 2024!!! Photo courtesy of Château de Versailles.

Preparations to host the Olympic Games should be an Olympic event itself….the logistics and preparation are astounding to say the least. Since we can’t exactly run cross country down the cobblestone lanes of Paris itself, Eventing will be featured at Château de Versailles. They kindly shared several photos of the galloping lanes being protected and turfed, and honestly this one looks like a fairy dream land. What I would give to gallop down a tree lined green path in France!

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News From Around the Globe:

The USHJA is joining the diversity conversation! They are hosting a series of webinars, designed to promote greater understanding and acceptance of diversity within the equestrian community and to foster an inclusive environment for all.  A diverse lineup of speakers and panelists, including riders, trainers, industry professionals and DEI experts, will lead the webinars throughout the year. Upcoming topics will include mental health, body positivity and allyship, with a focus on how these issues affect the equestrian community. [USHJA Launches Diversity Webinar Series]

Driving isn’t something that many of us riders investigate as an alternate mode of partnering with our horses. I myself do a fair amount of ground driving with young or green horses, but I’ve never driven from a cart. Recently blogger Tracy Gold took a driving lesson from FEI level driver Jessica Tanglao, and learned a lot that she can reapply to her work from the saddle. [7 Reasons to Try Driving]

Podcast of the Day: Eventing Safety Roundtable 

The uncatchable horse: everyone’s least favorite thing. From having a series of naughty ponies who most definitely did not want child Kate latching on to them and galloping them around for hours, I had to learn some serious stealth and trickery. Take it from me and others who have endured this horse, we have techniques, and we can teach them to you. [The “Ain’t No Way” Catch]

Sponsor Corner:
The Aiken Opener Horse Trials are this weekend! From January 21st to the 22nd, compete in everything from Beginner Novice through Prelim. Check your ride times here. Also featuring this weekend will be the unveiling of the Joannah Glass Arena in honor of an important fixture in the sport and the community:


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