One of the best things about being an eventer is that if there isn’t an event on a given weekend and you have money burning a hole in your pocket, you can always hit up a hunter/jumper show to get some more stadium mileage or hit up a dressage show to get some time in the sandbox. Laine Ashker has been channelling her inner Dressage Queen lately with tons of stuff posted to social media that makes dressage actually look like fun! This weekend she picked up the last score she needed to net herself a USDF Silver Medal! Go Lainey!
Monday News and Notes:
The Arabian Horse Foundation has committed $11,500 in funds towards researching health conditions that impact Arabian horses. One of the studies that focuses on equine metabolic syndrome and Cushing’s disease should will hopefully provide some insight to the syndrome that benefits horses of all breeds. [More from thehorse.com]
Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall were spotted having a grand time this weekend at the Salperton Park Horse Trials in Gloucestershire. Zara was able to compete while Mike looked after their child. Zara will represent Team GBR at the World Equestrian Games aboard High Kingdom. [More from dailymail.co.uk]
It’s time to start thinking about protecting your horse and yourself from West Nile Virus. 2013 saw an increase in West Nile virus cases due to weather patterns that supported a larger mosquito population. This summer is likely to have similar weather patterns so the risk of infection is just as high. [More from thehorse.com]
A 41-year old cold case has an equestrian connection. Jane Andre Cotta disappeared 41 years ago and authorities are looking for answers. She was pregnant at the time of her disappearance in 1973 and had recently written a letter where she said she was giving three of her favorite horses to a friend. It is possible that she may have disappeared voluntarily, but her siblings are still looking for answers. [More from horsetalk.co.nz]
The WEG test events are getting started! Many top riders who will compete during August in the Dressage and Show Jumping portions of the WEGs will get a chance to compete in the D’Ornano Stadium in Caen. These events will be hosted during the week to allow the riders to get in some riding time between major European competitions. [More from insidethegames.biz]
If you needed proof that soccer fans are crazy, then look no further than our sister site HorseNation! HN has a tale for you of one man who made an 8000 mile trek on horseback from Canada to Brazil to watch the World Cup. [More from HorseNation.com]
Monday Video: Equine Anatomy is cool.