Monday News & Notes form Fleeceworks

Photo by Alexa Perkiel.

It’s the beginning of wedded bliss for our own U.S. Olympian Lauren Kieffer and her fiancé-turned-husband, Sam Nicholson. The pair were married over the weekend in beautiful St. Augustine, Florida with many fellow eventers in attendance. Congratulations to the happy couple!

National Holiday: National Mutt Day (oh yeah, and Cyber Monday too)

U.S. Weekend Results:

Pine Top Thanksgiving H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Trainer applications are now open for the 2020 Thoroughbred Makeover which will take place October 7-10 at the Kentucky Horse Park. Applications will be accepted through January 15, 2020, and accepted trainers will be announced on February 15, 2020. Accepted trainers will have until July 31, 2020 to declare their horse. Don’t forget to get up to speed with the 2020 rulebook! Changes for the coming year are marked in red and clarifying information is marked in blue. [Thoroughbred Makeover Trainer Application]

Pippa Funnell admits it: She’s an oldie — but she’s still in it to win it. At the conclusion of the competition season, The Telegraph caught up with Pippa to talk about her Burghley win, her daily routine, why retirement isn’t on the horizon, and her hopes for Tokyo 2020. [Pippa Funnell interview: ‘I was astonished to win at Burghley – I’m doing it for the oldies’]

That’s a wrap on the 2019 USEA Area Championships! With all of the Area Championships concluded for the year, USEA brings us a round-up of all the winners. Congratulations to all! [2019 USEA Area Championships Round-Up]

Monday Video: ‘Equestrian in the Park’ is an annual eventing showcase that takes place in Perth, Australia. The sixth iteration of the event took place over the weekend. See how one rider prepared for the event and a few clips of her clinicing with William Fox-Pitt and Sam Griffiths, who also competed in the event: