Friday News & Notes Presented by Zoetis

Lea Siegl’s DSP Fighting Line. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

Happy Friday! Tomorrow is my life partner’s birthday, and he turns 21. Of course I am talking about Nyls du Terroir, my first Advanced horse and the most impeccable steed that has ever existed. I’m off to purchase some Guinness for him, and I’m 100% making him a customized carrot cake and doing a photoshoot just for the Instagram likes. So, stay tuned.

U.S. Weekend Preview

Twin Rivers Summer H.T. (Paso Robles, CA): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scores] [Volunteer]

Summer Coconino H.T. I (Flagstaff, AZ): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scores] [Volunteer]

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (Fairburn, GA): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scores] [Volunteer]

Essex H.T. (Far Hills, NJ): [Website] [Ride Times] [Scores] [Volunteer]

Major International Events

CHIO Aachen: [Website] [Schedule] [Entries] [Leaderboard] [Eventing Main Page] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

News From Around the Globe:

In 2015, Lauren Balcomb had a successful eventing career in her native Australia, but like so many others, decided to cross the globe and settle down in the US. She grew up down the road from Boyd Martin, and continued her eventing education with him once she was here, but quickly met Australian show jumper Sharn Wordley, and began to change her focus onto show jumping. This week, she won her first FEI Grand Prix aboard her own and Sharn’s Verdini d’Houtveld Z in the $140,000 Lugano Diamonds FEI CSI3* Grand Prix at the World Equestrian Center. [From Eventer to Show Jumper and Around the World]

Independence Day is here. Many of us enjoy the 4th of July with picnics, parades, time with family and friends, and – of course – fireworks. Although we may relish in the festivities, our equine pals may not be quite as thrilled with our revelries as we. The loud noises and disturbances caused by the fireworks, parades and other celebrations can upset our horses and lead to injuries, runaways and other problems that, frankly, most of us can do without. With that in mind, here are 10 ways you can ensure your horses are safe and as comfortable as possible during the upcoming holiday. [10 Ways to Keep Your Horses Safe for July 4th]

Horse shows can be truly mystifying to the metropolitan journalist, as expressed by their often convoluted coverage. While I won’t name exactly which publication has fallen victim to this teachable moment *cough*, I will say that as an athlete Mary-Kate Olsen deserves better sports recognition. The thing is we would love for more mainstream media to cover equestrian events, so this isn’t an attempt to dissuade journalists from making valiant efforts to grasp our niche sport. We just want you to sound informed doing it. (Because horse people notice.) [A Guide to Covering Horse Sport for Regular Journalists]

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