You guys, it’s WEG WEEK. The EN team will start descending upon Western North Carolina today and we can’t wait to bring you all the latest and greatest from Tryon. Be sure you stay locked on EN all week long. Go Eventing.
National Holiday: National Hot Dog Day
U.S. Weekend Action:
Dunnabeck H.T. (Cancelled) [Website]
Monday News and Notes:
Mother Nature was unkind this weekend and unfortunately organizers were forced to make tough calls. Seneca Valley had to abandon Sunday’s competition after heavy rains created unfavorable footing conditions (for the horses and for emergency responders). We thank them for “making a brave and correct decision for the welfare of all,” as competitor Debbie Adams put it, and for looking out for the safety of participants. We also applaud Flora Lea and Marlborough Horse Trials, who are waiving late fees to Seneca entries that want to reroute to another competition.
Dunnabeck Horse Trials organizers were also forced to cancel in advance of the start of the event as Carbondale, IL was under flood advisories. We applaud them also for doing the right thing for the safety and welfare of the participants. It is never an easy decision for an organizer to cancel. They would have worked since the conclusion of the previous year’s event to prepare for the next. Unfortunately they cannot usually refund entries in the event of cancellation. Bills have already been paid. The investment has already been made. In the case of Dunnabeck, we hear that some competitors were unfairly critical of the organizers. Jana Lyle Ellerbusch has a message for them. [“The organizers actually saved us more than just money”]
Dressage rider Laura Graves has been selected as the flag bearer for the U.S. during the World Equestrian Games Opening Ceremony taking place Tuesday evening, September 11. The opening celebrations will include a flag ceremony, demonstrations, public addresses and a country music concert. [Laura Graves Announced as U.S. Flag Bearer for Opening Ceremony]
Natalie Stevens took her time getting former Grand National runner Bob Hall transitioned from the racing to sporting life and the patience paid off. Bob Hall eats up the cross country. “Knowing you’ve got a horse that’s jumped Beechers really gives you confidence cross-country,” Natalie says. Indeed! [Former Grand National Runner Enjoying New Eventing Career]
The Para Dressage riders are out in force & with steely determination to win those medals at Tryon2018 but what does it take to make it at the top of this sport, we catch up with some in the know…
Posted by Fédération Equestre Internationale on Sunday, September 9, 2018