Good morning and happy Friday! It’s nice and hot down here in Texas, and I have the sunburn to prove it! AEC action kicks off first thing this morning once again, with Beginner Novice and Novice riders contesting dressage and Training through Advanced setting out across country. If you didn’t catch my course preview from yesterday, check it out. The course promises to be a big factor in the final leaderboards this weekend, and I look forward to an action packed day at the Texas Rose Horse Park.
Events This Weekend:
Your Friday News:
Have you entered the awesome FLAIR contest yet? You can win $250 by winning back to back horse trials between now and October 31. Be sure to use FLAIR strips for both your cross country and stadium rounds (take photos so we can see you rocking them!), and FLAIR will give you $250 in bragging rights! [Eventers Win Big With FLAIR]
Are you at the AECs? If so, check out EN’s Twitter contest. We are looking for your best EN inspired photos from the weekend – the more creative, the better! Just tweet your photo to @EventingNation using the hashtag #insanityinthemiddle. [EN’s AEC Twitter Contest]
Boyd and Silva Martin are competing at Devon Dressage this weekend. Silva rode Boyd’s 4-star mount, Trading Aces to a fourth place finish in a fourth level class while Boyd collected his own ribbons in a 5 year old dressage suitability class aboard Dhouble Scoop. The Martins are using this show as a ramp up for Trading Aces’ upcoming run at Boekelo. [Boyd and Silva at Devon]
A British man accused of punching a police horse has been told to expect jail time. Upset over a football match that did not turn out the way he wanted it to, the unruly fan took his feelings out on Bud, a shire-cross police horse. [Do the Crime, Do the Time]
The deadline to apply for Thoroughbred Incentive Program sponsorship is September 30. TIP is a great program that supports retrained racehorses, and horse shows are invited to apply for TIP awards at their events. [TIP Sponsorship]
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Your Friday Video Break:
A throwback to last year’s AECs, here is Michael Pollard and Hanni contesting the Advanced show jumping.