Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Beau and his girlfriend, Brooke, enjoying a bit of sunshine. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

The rain stopped and the skies cleared for like, a minute, this weekend and I finally managed to squeeze in a couple rides between thunderstorms. Considering so much of the area has flooded from overflowing rivers, the farm has faired okay and we can only consider ourselves lucky compared to others forced to evacuate or facing damage from water and mudslides. Through it all, the barn staff has made incredible efforts to manage the mud, drainage, and crazy weather patterns. If you board your horses, remember to thank the barn staff for all they do, rain or shine!

National Holiday: Hug Your Cat Day!

Major Events:

Tattersalls: WebsiteResultsLive Streaming

Renswoude: WebsiteResults

U.S. Weekend Preview:

GMHA June H.T. [Website] [Results]

Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club Spring H.T. [Website] [Results]

Waredaca H.T. [Website] [Results]

NJ Region’s H.T. [Website] [Results]

IEA H.T. & 3DE [Website] [Results]

The Spring Event at Archer H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

Please join us in sending well wishes to Ireland’s Jonty Evans, who fell from Cooley Rorkes Drift at cross country fence 19B, the second element of Water Complex, in the CIC3* competition at Tattersalls International Horse Trials. Cooley Rorkes Drift was uninjured, but Jonty was transferred to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown for further evaluation. Following initial evaluation, Jonty was transferred to Beaumont Hospital for further treatment. [Jonty Evans in Neuro Intensive Care Unit Following Fall at Tattersalls]

The rain has been relentless and Waredaca HT in Maryland was forced to cancel their Sunday schedule. In consideration, they will roll over Sunday entries to their June 9th starter event, or a $100 voucher towards any 2018 Waredaca activity ( for Sunday Novice/Training entries only). Waredaca organizer Gretchen Butts said in a statement: “Making this decision is never easy but the well being of the horses, riders and our volunteers staffing the event is always foremost in our minds. We thank everyone for their understanding.”

Welcome, Cal Poly Eventing Team, to the USEA Intercollegiate Eventing family! The 8-rider eventing team is the newest Cal Poly equestrian team, which also hosts an English and Western show team, dressage team, rodeo team, and polo team. Cal Poly just competed in their first eventing team challenge at Woodside. It’s great to see intercollegiate eventing gaining ground on the West Coast! [West Coast Intercollegiate Eventing Welcomes Cal Poly Eventing Team]

Go behind the scenes of the racing world and get a first hand account of what it’s like to be a stable lass. Gemma Hogg’s book Stable Lass, Riding Out and Mucking In — Tales from a Yorkshire Racing Yard gives us an inside look at the ups and downs of working in a top racing yard. [Read an excerpt here]

Monday Video:


Patrick’s debutante intermediate xc GoPro! I definitely needed my sidekick Carina to adjust the angle of my camera for better viewing but you guys will get the picture. Watching this makes me think of Winston Churchill’s famous quote, “When you are on a great horse, you have the best seat you will ever have.” (Especially THIS one????????????????)

Posted by Lainey Ashker on Saturday, June 2, 2018