Friday News & Notes Presented by Zoetis

Horses are so majestic!! Photo by Mary Mac Kinnon.

Virginia has been blessed with the best spring in recent history, and I’m really digging it. Cool 40’s at night and 60’s in the day, sign me up! I realize it won’t last forever, but I’ll bask in the idea that I could live in a place that had this season all year ’round. Of course, if I did find this magical location, everybody else would also want to live near me, and since I am a hermit that likes to live alone in a cabin in the woods, this would never work. Anyway….Happy Friday!

U.S. Weekend Preview

Tryon International Spring Three-Day Event (Mill Spring, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Galway Downs Spring H.T. (Temecula, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Hitching Post Farm H.T. (South Royalton, Vt.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T. (Ocala, Fl.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Spokane Sport Horse Spring H.T. (Spokane, Wa.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. (Tyler, Tx.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Unionville May H.T. (Unionvilla, Pa.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

WindRidge Farm Spring H.T. (Mooresboro, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Winona H.T. (Hanoverton, Oh.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Major International Events

FEI Nations Cup CCIO4*-S/WEG Test Event (Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy): [Website] [Schedule] [Entries] [Scoring] [EN’s Coverage] [Live Stream]

News From Around the Globe:

We can’t wait for you to get your hands on our new #goeventing merchandise line that’s just launched in collaboration with Dapplebay. You may have gotten a sneak peek at Kentucky, and now you can snag your own online! New to the collection are baseball caps, a sticker pack and a limited-edition tote bag that’s a collaboration between EN and Ride iQ. We’ll be adding to the collection throughout the year, so stay tuned for much more to come. In the meantime, you can start shopping here.

Growing up around horses, Caitlin Gooch says she always wore a helmet, but it wasn’t necessarily true of many of her fellow riders. Caitlin noticed that a lot of riders who aren’t wearing a helmet are not doing so because they are necessarily anti-helmet. “The reality is, there are not a lot of helmets out there for ethnic hairstyles. If we are just looking at the access, like what is actually available to us, we can see that some of these helmets get pretty pricey and who is going to spend money on a helmet that they can’t even safely fit over their natural hair?” So while she’s hoping that talking about re-shaping the negative helmet associations on social media will help riders of all ages and skill levels re-examine their attitudes toward protective headgear, Caitlin is also ready to ask the helmet companies and equestrian sport governing bodies some challenging questions. [Black Riders Need Helmets Too]

Rich Strike pulled off an 80-1 upset in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, and on Thursday his connections came with another shocker, taking the colt out of consideration for the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, on May 21 at Pimlico. He will instead await the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown, on June 11 in New York. Both Rick Dawson, who owns Rich Strike, and Eric Reed, the colt’s trainer, said they believed running back in two weeks was not in the best interests of Rich Strike. They said giving him five weeks between starts was more suitable. [Rich Strike Will Not Contest Preakness]

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Not done with Badminton yet? H&H gathered a list of bizarre facts from the event last weekend, and some of them will rock your world. Which rider fell off their bike? Who ran to the start box alongside their horse? [9 Funny Facts About Badminton]