View this post on Instagram
This old boy just keeps getting better! Fernhill By Night and I threw our selves in at the deep end and took on our first Prix St Georges in Wellington and finished 5th! Was definitely good for us both to be out of our comfort zone! 😬❤️#lovehim @jkautry @jamesburtwell @gjelinaka @prudawes7 @teamlbd @karen.corp @kasteldenmark @antaressellier_usa @antaressellier @profchoice @uvexequestrianusa @uvexequestrian @fmbstherapysystems @uvexequestrianusa @botanicainternational
If you’re anything like me, you struggle to do one clean flying change at any given time, much less five on a diagonal in a dressage test. On that note, we’re sending three cheers to Liz Halliday-Sharp for tackling her first Prix St. Georges with Fernhill By Night on Saturday at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida. The test requires four-tempis and three-tempis — 10 flying changes in all. Consider this your #MondayMotivation — get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself.
National Holiday: National Drink Wine Day (Editor’s Note: I was born ready for this.)
U.S. Weekend Results:
Rocking Horse Winter II H.T. [Final Scores]
Paradise Farm H.T. [Final Scores]
Fresno County Horse Park CCI & H.T. [Final Scores]
Your Monday News & Notes:
The 2019 USEA Educational Symposium kicks off today at Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale, Florida. Maxime Livio, WEG team bronze medalist for France and five-star winner, is teaching the USEA Instructors’ Certification Program (ICP) portion of the symposium with dressage lessons today, followed by show jumping and cross country lessons tomorrow. Follow the link for the full two-day schedule, and stay tuned for EN’s coverage. [ICP Schedule with Maxime Livio]
Sir Mark Todd is returning to racehorse training for Eminent’s campaign in Australia, including his race against unbeaten super mare Winx. Eminent’s owner, New Zealand Bloodstock principal Sir Peter Vela, has also owned event horses for Mark. The horse is now in quarantine at Newmarket in preparation to fly to Australia on Feb. 28. [Eventing’s Mark Todd to take on Winx in new racing venture]
As horse owners, we agonize over the best care to provide for our hard-working equine athletes. Luckily, Dr. Lydia Gray, SmartPak’s staff veterinarian and medical director, is available to answer any veterinary questions you might have each month in the #AsktheVetVideo series. Follow the link to submit a question for April’s video. [Ask your horse health questions for the April 2019 Ask the Vet video!]
Best of Humans of Eventing:
“Will I get penalized for throwing up on the jump?”
Overheard during a course walk
ICYMI — Hannah Sue Burnett is now campaigning Leo Distinction, Blyth Tait’s former four-star ride. Check out their dressage test from Rocking Horse Winter II H.T. courtesy of our friendly neighborhood videographer David Frechette. Click here to view more videos of the weekend action.