Pine Top is one of my favorite events and a great place to start off the year. I’m delighted for Erin that they’ve had some warm days out West, but all of us in Georgia bundled up until we could barely move through all the layers. Yet the sun was out, the horses were feeling fresh and we’re all definitely looking forward to the Advanced horse trials in two weeks when Pine Top will debut their CIC3*. The Wilsons put on a great event and make everyone feel part of the family!
U.S. Weekend Action:
Full Gallop Farm February H.T. [Results]
Ocala Winter II H.T. [Results]
Pine Top Intermediate H.T. [Results]
Monday News and Notes:
The first formal invitations have been sent out for the FEI Eventing Nations Cup at Great Meadow International in The Plains, Virginia this summer. This will be the first Nations Cup to take place in the States and will also be the final outing for the U.S. Olympic Team before they head to Rio. [Great Meadow International Sends First Round of Invitations]
The Carolina International Horse Trials is officially open to accept entries. Doug Payne, who is on the Board for the competition, is looking forward to the event unveiling some exciting changes and additions this year. In short, expect new courses, live streaming with great commentary and a party you don’t want to miss. [2016 Carolina International is Open!]
A racetrack in New Mexico has suffered an outbreak of equine herpesvirus. The number of affected horses has steadily climbed over the last several days and the latest tally shows 66 horses being ill. [Number of horses affected by EHV-1 at New Mexico racetrack stands at 66]
Laura Graves and Verdades have come out swinging in 2016, picking up two wins last week at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Palm Beach. Their longtime partnership was evident, but critics (and Laura) agree that although they won, there are many points left to be had. [Graves and Verdades Go Two for Two]
Monday Video: A peek at some of today’s cross country at Pine Top.