Is it time to freak out yet? YES. IT IS TOTALLY TIME TO FREAK OUT. The week everyone’s been waiting for: Rolex Week! I don’t know about you, but my Facebook feed is chock full of posts about final gallops, plenty of packing and even some adventures from the road. A good portion of the west-coast entries are due to fly in to Kentucky later today and I can’t wait to see all of the check-ins from the Kentucky Horse Park.
Events Opening This Week:
The Middleburg H.T. (VA, A-2) Derbyshire Farms H.T. (MI, A-8) Copper Meadows H.T. (CA, A-6) Carriage House Farm Combined Test (MN, A-4) Plantation Field H.T. (PA, A-2) Arrowhead H.T. (MT, A-9) Texas Rose Horse Park Summer H.T. (TX, A-5) River Glen June H.T. (TN, A-3) Queeny Park H.T. (MO, A-4)
Monday News and Notes:
Our friends at Dubarry have two contests going on that you should know about. First, Pin It To Win It! The finalists have been selected. Five Eventing Nation readers are one step closer to the buttery leather of a brand new pair of Dubarrys. Now, it’s your turn. You have the power to help fulfill a fellow reader’s footwear dreams (alas, not the Cinderella-with-Prince-Coleman one) by voting for which ensemble you feel is the Best Rolex Outfit. Help make one reader very, very happy by voting here. Then, after you’ve voted for your favorite, it’s time to flex your creative muscle and Design Your Dubes! Check out all of the details here!
As if Rolex wasn’t exciting enough, the Kentucky Derby is right around the corner as well. Much like the slang word ‘hella’ belongs to Northern California, ‘Wicked’ belongs to Boston and Wicked Strong is Boston’s horse. After an impressive run in the Wood Memorial, he is now qualified for the Kentucky Derby. Wicked Strong’s connections have been donating a percentage of his winnings to the One Fund and plan to up the percentage during the Triple Crown races. [More from bostonglobe.com]
Another impressive contender for this year’s Kentucky Derby is California Chrome. Known as “Junior” to his connections, California Chrome has had a fantastic 2014 season and is currently undefeated. Could he be the first California-bred in over 50 years to win the Kentucky Derby? [More from sacbee.com]
The controversy over the carriage horses in NYC continues. In recent weeks various celebrities and public figures have checked in to voice support for both sides of the issue. Liam Neeson spoke out on The Daily Show with John Stewart to voice his support for the carriage horses a few weeks ago. Over the weekend, approximately 50 animal rights activists picketed his home on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. [More from huffingtonpost.com]
The BLM has drawn criticism over selling Wyoming mustangs to the highest bidder – a Canadian slaughterhouse. Advocates for the horses are furious that they were unable to step in on behalf of the horses. The BLM says that the auction was public and that the horses were abandoned horses rather than wild ones. The distinction between abandoned and wild is important in this instance because, according to the BLM, if they are not officially “wild” they are not protected by the Wild-Free Roaming Horses and Burro Act. [More from foxnews.com]
Zara Phillips has returned to competition after the birth of her first child. She participated in the Symm International Horse Trials in Oxfordshire, competing in the open novice (for us yankees that’s preliminary) and the open intermediate sections. It is expected that she will continue competing this year in hopes that she will be selected for Britain’s WEG team. [More from dailymail.co.uk]
Monday Video: I’ve figured out how I’ll be entertaining myself on my flight to Texas next week!