Yay It’s Monday News and Notes

Every Monday I aspire to write the same thing and express the same complaints. I dream of filing a complaint with the start of the week and returning to the weekend that has just drifted into the past. However, by noon, I am already full on with plans of survival for the week (like dinners out, Vampire Diaries, and dreaming of the distant but not, weekend ahead). During this intro I could talk about football, but there is little to say (Go Giants), I could spark fake rumors of false eventing relationships (but I won’t) or I could even go public with saying that John talks to chinchillas more than humans and for some reason can’t understand why he has no girlfriend (yes, true). But I won’t do any of that. In fact, the only thing I am going to write about is news, so everyone is safe (for this week).
So here it is, folks…
In the world of recognized horse trials, Rocking Horse Winter 1 took place this past weekend. In the OI Buck Davidson and Sharon Will’s Absolute Liberty took the blue. Following behind them is Emma Kate Fisher and Carlingford’s Merlot Forever.  Buck was back for a fourth place finish with student, Caroline Martin, coming in fifth. 
In OI B, Michelle Mueller and Amistad finished on their dressage score for a large, ten point, win. Jessica Pye is back in action with “Bounder” for a very respectable third place finish. And in OI C, Nora Battig and Borneo Royale took the win. All three OI sections hosted 20+ competitors and had a variety of troubles. 
In the Preliminary, Mike Huber was out for a win. Also, Fleecework’s Mystere Du Val is back on the scene with Heather Morris in the tack. With three divisions of intermediate, six divisions of preliminary, seven divisions of training, six divisions of novice and four divisions of beginner novice, Rocking Horse was sure to be a busy place. There were many riders out, warming their horses up, so be sure to check the results for more details. [RHW1
Last night was the premiere of HBO’s new horse racing drama, Luck. Luck is a behind the scenes look into the horse racing industry- owners, jockeys, trainers, gambling, etc. The nine-episode season stars Dennis Dustin Hoffman. For more on Luck, tune into HBO on Sunday nights. [LUCK] *edited by Visionaire*
Steffen Peters has stepped up to win the World Dressage Masters. Peters, who was the first to go in the last set of seven riders, scored an impressive 83.70% with Ravel. Last to go in the set, Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin, came second but the narrowest of margins – .05% out of the lead. Peters, who is thrilled with his win, was also extremely nervous while waiting to see if anyone would top his score. ” I came out and watched Charlotte, and I went over and said, I think you have it. When the scores came up, I felt like I was on a team in a major playoff, and I’d kicked a field goal with 1 second left.” While neither rider had foot perfect tests, their mistakes were minimal. Congratulations to Steffen and Ravel. [WDM
In some “bad choices” news, a farrier in England has been suspended by the Farrier’s Registration Council for allowing his brother, who is untrained, to shoe a horse. The incident, which took place in September 2010, has earned the farrier a suspension, and fine and court charges. So people, don’t go shoeing horses in England unless you are trained. [Dumb
Best of Blogs: Jessica Pye 
As many of you have heard, Claire Lomas was an event rider injured when her horse collided with a tree. Claire is nothing short of amazing. In the following video, you can watch Claire as she makes strides towards walking the London Marathon (this is only her third session!). For more information on Claire, or to find out ways to support her please go to Get Claire Walking
Happy Monday, Go Eventing.
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