My Facebook feed has been inundated with pictures of friends at horse shows, foxhunts and football games. If that’s not an indication that fall is right around the corner, I don’t know what is. I personally feel so much more active in fall, with the crisp, lively air giving me energy, interest in outdoor activities that aren’t miserably muggy, and the ability to sleep in a tiny bit longer before getting up to ride (6:30 a.m. is far more appealing than 4:30!) . That being said I can’t believe how the year has flown by already. I hope you all have studied your fall calendars closely and are inspired to set goals and work hard to achieve them. There’s still time to make 2016 everything you want it to be.
Events This Weekend:
Monday News and Notes:
Entries for the October 12-16 Fair Hill International CCI close on Tuesday, September 13th. Additionally, ALL entries must be done through the FEI system, and the system shuts down at 3:00 pm EST on Tuesday (not midnight). Don’t be caught by surprise. The USEF will now charge a fee for any entries they must manually enter for riders after the closing. If you plan to compete, do the FEI entry right now!
The Beginner Novice level was developed by the USEA as an introduction to the sport almost 15 years ago and it has become one of the most popular divisions. Beginner Novice riders competing in USEA recognized competitions have not had to be USEA members and instead paid a $25 non member fee each time they competed, but that will change on December 1, 2016 as all riders will be required to be a USEA member in order to compete in recognized events. [USEA Membership to be required for Beginner Novice after December 1]
The Paralympic Games are underway in Rio this weekend and the equestrian competition had its horse inspection on Saturday. Seventy-six athlete-and-horse combinations representing 29 countries, including 14 in the team competition, will compete in the equestrian event. The U.S. riders are Sydney Collier, Rebecca Hart, Margaret McIntosh, Angela Peavy and Roxanne Trunnell (individual). Go USA! [U.S. Paralympic Equestrian Team Fit and Ready for Rio]
Fresh off his bronze medal win at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Canada’s Eric Lamaze returned to Canadian soil to compete in the CSIO5* Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ tournament last week. “I think we’re going to get a nice welcome home,” he said. [Eric Lamaze enjoys homecoming at Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’]
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