Good morning, EN! I hope you all had just a fabulous weekend. I went to Fair Hill with my friend Kaitlin to support her in her pursuit of conquering Preliminary in all three phases. I was slated to ride my horse on Saturday, but a shoeing issue (in which he ended up lame) prevented us from doing so. While there I got to ride an amazing foxhunter named Einstein, who, unlike my eventer doesn’t think about the jumps he has to jump, just does, and wears fancy anti-fly browbands and nose coverings. I’m not going to lie, when we hacked past Phillip Dutton’s farm we might have sped up quite a bit. Although I really shouldn’t have, we rocked that fringed browband and white fly bonnett.
Events Opening this Week:
Christopher Burton and Tempranillo won the CIC 3* at Hartpury in England this weekend. They were the only pair to finish on their dressage score, and the only ones to go double clear on cross-country. Clark Montgomery, who was in seventh with Loughan Glenn after dressage, were eliminated after jumping fence eight instead of two. [Hartpury Results]
Mollie Bailey from the Chronicle has been fully immersed in all things pony at the Pony Finals, and she made a list of the Top 10 Types of Pony Names. My favorite, without a doubt, fall under the ‘are you sure that pony was meant for a child?’ category. [The Chronicle]
Wise Dan picked up his eighth straight win in the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga. After winning the Breeder’s Cup Mile and Horse of the Year honors, and with his victory this weekend, Wise Dan is the top active Thoroughbred in the world right now. [New York Times]
Entries are coming in for the upcoming Blair Castle International in England in a couple weeks time. Marilyn Little has RF Demeter entered in the CIC 3* and Tabasco TSF in the CCI 2*; William Fox Pitt has Running Order entered in the 3* as well, along with Parklane Hawk and Gaucho, and Before Time in the CCI 3*. EN blogger Charlotte Agnew has Longwood in the CCI 3*, and I’m sure we’ll see many more entries come in over time. [Blair Castle Entries]
— Laura Collett (@CollettEventing) August 11, 2013