Huge shoutout and hearty congratulations to Andrew McConnon and Bossinova. They won the Area III Preliminary Championship this weekend at Chattahoochee Hills, leading from start to finish on their dressage score of 29.4 and qualifying them for a CCI*! Woohoo! Full Area III Championship results are available here.
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Monday News and Notes:
Olympic dressage rider and coach Michael Barisone may have taught Stephen Colbert how to ‘piaffe it’ on TV but he’s also worked with countless top dressage and eventing riders helping them hone their skills in the sandbox. He’s big on the building blocks of riding, staying determined no matter what, and says that “training horses is a lot like raising children.” [Learn more about Michael Barisone]
A nationwide study found that less than half of patients treated for concussion or mild traumatic brain injury received a follow up examination within three months of the initial diagnosis, leaving them at greater risk for long term effects. Of those patients involved in the study, 24 percent were seen for falls, “such as being unseated from a horse.” [Concussion not taken seriously enough]
My social media feeds are full up of memes about being in a relationship with the air conditioner and big plans to stay in on a Friday night and sip wine in front of a fan. It’s honestly not that hot where I live but we’re all feeling the temperatures rising, and so are the horses. [Check out these summer horse health tips]
Looking for a buddy to take to a music festival? Don’t overlook your horsey friends. They’re tough, resourceful, don’t mind getting dirty, and know how to party. [12 reasons why]