Monday News and Notes from Success Equestrian

My girls, Willow and Fey. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld. My girls, Willow and Fey. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Hello to you all and good Monday morning! I’m delighted to officially join the EN Team, fans, and readers on this wild ride. I wrote a bit for EN when it first began in 2009, and I’m very glad to be back. A little about me: I have been a participant in the sport as a rider, coach, photographer, announcer, and reporter. When you email Sport Horse Nation, I’m usually the person that answers. Pictured above are the lights of my life: Willow is the Appaloosa mare, owned by my dear friend Amy, and the chestnut filly is my sweet Fey.

This weekend I audited a clinic with Francis Whittington, hosted by the lovely Kelsey Briggs. Not only is Francis an excellent teacher, he’s a delightful person in every way. I look forward to bringing you coverage from the clinic in the coming days.

FEI Global Weekend Info:

Camperdown (AUS) CCI1/2/3*, CIC2/3* [Website]

Puhinui (NZL) CCI1/2/3* [Website]

Monday News and Notes:

Congratulations to Shelby Brost, the winner of our prize pack from FLAIR! Shelby, please email [email protected] to claim your prize! [12 Days of Christmas: FLAIR]

The 2014 USEA Annual Meeting and Convention concluded yesterday. EN was on site covering High Performance business and important rule changes. The USEA also reported on a number of educational seminars and Association business. [EN Coverage] [USEA Coverage]

When I think about eventing in New Zealand, I think about eventing on the set of Lord of the Rings, without the orcs. Clarke Johnstone and his horse Balmoral Sensation won Puhinui by a landslide this weekend and were crowned the Honda New Zealand CCI3* champions. This pair has won every significant eventing title in New Zealand in the last 11 months and look towards the Luhmühlen CCI4* in 2015. [More from scoop.co.nz]

Great Meadow announced that it will host a CIC3* in 2015 following the WEG Prep Event this summer. Course designer Mike Etherington-Smith has since visited to scope out the cross-country tracks, and the social and entertainment aspects that were such a big hit this summer are well in the works for next year. [More from useventing.com]

The 127th session of the International Olympic Committee takes place today and tomorrow in Monaco, where they will discuss the future of the Olympic movement and vote on 40 different proposals. One such proposal would allow the host city to propose the inclusion of new events and “reflect even more on their sports culture.” [More from horsetalk.co.nz]

TheHorse.com hosts quite a few online “Ask the Vet” Q&A sessions. Coming up on the evening of December 18 is the topic “Winter Horse and Barn Care.” These educational sessions always intrigue me, but I never remember or think to schedule days around them. Come to find out, you can sign up to receive an email reminder before the session begins. [More from thehorse.com]

The Kentucky Horse Council has elected new officers for 2015. The former vice president, Erin Woodall, has stepped up to the role of president. [More from thehorse.com]

Former USEA President Brian Sabo penned the forward for the second edition of the U.S. Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship. The updated manual reflects the advances in riding and equine knowledge in the last 60 years. [More from americanhorsepubs.org]

We’d like to extend a heartfelt “Get Well Soon” to EN blogger Jessica Bortner-Harris, who injured her shoulder in a fall a few days ago. Oddly, she didn’t fall off a horse, she fell off a stationary trailer ramp. Oh dear. Join us in sending her healing thoughts!

Monday Video: At age 12 I was plopped in front of a television set to watch the 1999 Badminton Horse Trials VHS. That tape changed my life forever. I cannot find any videos from that specific event, but this History of Badminton Horse Trials documentary is a perfect way to start the work week.

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