Unless I’ve got a place to go where I’m going to stay the whole night, I generally try to hunker down at home on July 4th. I was forced out of my comfort zone this time due to a fat leg at the barn that needed tending. So after dinner, we steered clear of the town crowds and hiked out onto a golf course to watch the fireworks show from a distance. We ended up being treated to a laser lights rock concert courtesy of five different sparkling explosion extravaganzas in the area, thousands of chirping frogs in the trees and a fabulous view of the stars. It was lovely!
Oh, and I’m not much of a soccer fan, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t say it: USA! USA! USA!
U.S. Weekend Action:
Kelly’s Ford H.T. [Results]
Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Results]
Camelot Equestrian Horse Park H.T. [Results]
South Farm H.T. [Results]
Lottie Lobb and Megan Bourke of Great Britain aim to create an Indian Olympic equestrian team. Currently based in Coimbatore, they are training aspiring riders at an equestrian club in the city. As the duo, who just finished a sting in Japan, travel from country to country, they try to learn from the best riders while teaching newcomers to the sport. [The Times of India]
The next generation of German champions is on the rise. At the weekend’s European Junior Riders Championships, the Germans were in a “league of their own,” capturing the gold, silver and bronze medals. Their performances were attributed to quality horses and correct classical riding. Surprised? [Eurodressage]
How dedicated are we to safety? We’ve got the helmets, the vests, the frangible pins, but what about a mouth guard? This potential new technology would not only protect your chompers, but it could detect whether or not you have a concussion. [Horsetalk]
You and I both know we’re incurable eventing nuts, but there are certain signs that give us away. Such as instantly knowing what the abbreviation WFP refers to and what your nightmares are made of (how fast can you count to 20?). Here are 19 signs you fit the description. [Horse and Hound]
Camilla Speirs rode two winners in the Irish Sport Horse Eventing series at Ballinamona. Loughnavatta Cedar took the 6-year-old trophy and LEB Lias Jewel won the 5-year-old class. [Horse Sport Ireland]
The FEI has updated their Athlete Categorization. Click here for the current list.
Tatendrang’s son Laduma was competing alongside him at Chattahoochee Hills this weekend. Bred by Anissa Cottongim, owned by Alice Andrews and ridden by Jonathan Holling, the now 5-year-old gelding out of Lovely Lady (by Tizian) finished sixth in Open Novice-A.