Stable View is taking its responsibility very seriously as it offers top riders and horses what is potentially their final training opportunity prior to Kentucky. With their spring 4* on April 7th, it will serve as a last outing for many Kentucky-bound pairs, and they’ve decided to double down on their turf management to ensure the best possible experience for all the horses. Not only are they carrying out soil tests every year and customizing the program, but they’ve got Mike Boekholder on the team, who measures moisture, density, compaction and rebound, as he does at Fair Hill 5*.
Last year Stable view purchased a Verti Drain, which is an excellent aeration machine that breaks up compaction, increasing water absorption and improving grass roots development. They use two types of Bermuda grass, which are both designed for sandy soils. In addition, they have installed over a mile and a half of underground irrigation, meaning that the entire 85-acres of cross country course can be successfully irrigated! Nobody does it better than Stable View, so be sure to head on over there if you can!
U.S. Weekend Preview
News From Around the Globe:
For the sixth time in his career, Boyd Martin took to the stage at the USEA Convention to accept the Windy Acres Farm Trophy and the title of World Equestrian Brands USEA Rider of the Year. Claiming this title just once is an honor in itself, but to be announced as a six-time recipient is a true testament to the hard work that goes on behind the scenes all year round to conclude the season in such high standings. For Martin, the old saying, “teamwork makes the dream work,” is nothing but the truth when looking back at the 2022 season, which would not be possible without the massive team that stands behind him each and every day. [Behind the Scenes with Boyd Martin]
Interested in riding with Phillip Dutton? Good news for you, Tryon International Equestrian Center is hosting a rare clinic with the Olympic rider. The clinic is on March 13th, and you get a discount for entry if you sign up before the first of March. [Phillip Dutton Clinic]
The Chronicle of the Horse has dug up another old interview with Jimmy Wofford. We will honestly never get bored of Jimmy quotes, and I loved reading more stories from his life. [Free Rein with Jimmy Wofford]
Over the last month, U.S. Eventing hosted its annual series of training sessions in Ocala, beginning with the Emerging Training Session from January 16-19 and ending with the Development Training Session and Elite and Pre-Elite Training Sessions from January 30 through February 2. The programs are part of the U.S. Eventing Pathway, which is focused on developing combinations to deliver sustainable success in team competition at the championship level. Let’s look back at a review of the action in each of the sessions. [Training Sessions Review]