One of the highlights of my weekend was getting to meet Becky Holder’s legendary Courageous Comet in person! After seeing the entry list for the schooling show at Southern 8ths Farm, I was kicking myself for sending my camera to the shop for servicing and knowing I wouldn’t get it back in time to take proper pictures of Comet and Becky’s husband Tom competing in the Starter division. But Comet is a horse I’ve taken tons of photos of over the years, and for the first time I got my photo taken with him! Becky and Tom were so sweet to humor Comet’s fans that scampered over to the trailer at the conclusion of the show to meet him. He’s a sweetheart horse who absolutely knows when it’s picture time (note the perfect tilt of the head and perfectly pricked ears). He also smells like baby powder. Call me starstruck!
U.S. Weekend Action:
Monday News and Notes:
The new cross country course at the Ocala Jockey Club is nearing completion as we look ahead to the inaugural Thanksgiving horse trials, which will host a CIC3*, CCI2* and CCI*. Course designer Mike Etherington-Smith recently inspected the track and said the footing is “some of the best I have seen in the U.S.” Course builder Tyson Rementer said the team feels “very confident we are headed toward a top-class course.” [Cross Country Course Nearing Completion]
Lauren Balcomb was voted best dressed lady by EN readers at the Fair Hill International Horse Trials first horse inspection earlier this month. Her simple but elegant and sophisticated outfit complimented her chestnut Guido Hatzis perfectly and together they made quite a statement. If you need some inspiration for your next trip down the jog lane or simply want to “get the look,” click the link! [Noelle Floyd Style]
The Irish Sport Horse Studbook has dominated the World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses rankings since the rankings were established in 1994. Since then the Irish have topped the rankings 21 times, including this year. The highest ranking individual Irish Sport Horse for the year just happened to be Olympic Bronze medalist, Mighty Nice, bred by William Kells in Cavan. [Irish Sport Horse Studbook tops World Eventing Rankings for 2016]
Laura Kraut and Nouvelle took home their first major win at Tryon International Equestrian Center placing atop the $130,000 1.50m Suncast® Welcome CSI 5*, surpassing a jump-off of eleven combinations in a class of 55 initial entries who tested the first round track set by Anthony D’Ambrosio. [Jumper Nation: Laura Kraut and Nouvelle Capture $130k Five-Star Opener at Tryon]
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