Boyd Martin hung up his helmet and donned a suit to attend the Buckaroo Ball to benefit the Saratoga WarHorse Foundation this weekend in Aiken. The ball raised more than $60,000 for the nonprofit organization which is dedicated to assisting veterans who are “suffering from invisible, psychological wounds by providing a confidential, peer-to-peer, action based, equine-assisted experience.” How wonderful it is, the incredible healing power of horses. Learn more at www.saratogawarhorse.com.
U.S. Weekend Results:
Rocking Horse Winter III H.T. [Scores]
Sporting Days Farm II H.T. [Scores]
Twin Rivers Winter H.T. [Scores]
Monday News and Notes:
The Kentucky Horse Park has graciously opened the Alltech Arena for schooling due to the inclement weather impacting Lexington and the surrounding horse community. Schooling times are 4-7 p.m. March 2-6. Cost is $20 per horse; pay by check upon arrival or credit card over the phone. Bring health papers and negative coggins for each horse, as well as a signed liability waiver. Email Nicole Rivera at [email protected] to sign up for schooling.
5-time Olympic show jumper Anne Kursinski has launched an online instructional site called Riding and Jumping Mentor. Subscribers can virtually audit lessons and clinics by Anne and learn the exercises she uses to turn horses and riders into confident performers. There are also videos of Anne riding and lecturing as well as useful articles and training tips. Visit www.annekursinski.com to learn more and to sign up.
Australian Olympic gold medalist Andrew Hoy’s new website launched on Sunday. Keep up with Andrew, his horses and all the news out of Somerby Stables at www.hoyteam.com. Find more from the Hoy Team on Twitter @hoyeventing and hoyeventing on Instagram.
Eventing returns to the Downs at Santa Fe. The Event at the Downs was a premiere eventing venue in the 1990s. Now known as Horse Nation Santa Fe, an organization with strong ties to Native American culture, the venue will host the Event At Santa Fe I &II the first and second weekend of September this year, welcoming six levels of competition as well as the Area X Championships. [Area X] [Horse Nation Santa Fe]
Practice the new FEI dressage tests with FEI Judge Janis Linan. Janis has just returned from Europe discussing how Christopher Hess and Christopher Bartle have instructed judges to score the new tests. The test review will take place March 23 at Tucalota Creek Ranch/Next Level Eventing in California. Click here for a schedule and sign up information.
Interested in a lengthy Eric Smiley clinic extravaganza? Meghan Perry Eventing is hosting Eric for nine days, March 10-18, at Bridle Creek Farm in Aiken, SC. As a world-class trainer, CCI4* rider, FEI official and coach to the Belgian 2012 Olympic Team, Eric brings a lot of knowledge and enthusiasm to the sport. There are opportunities for riders from Beginner Novice to Advanced, in the form of camps, two-day clinics, and private lessons. [Eric Smiley Visits Aiken]
Monday Video: I saw this video last week of an outrider at the track and I’m completely intrigued. Check out how fast his horse sprints across the track at 2:00.