Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

If you haven’t been to a World Class Grooming Clinic yet, watch the website for the next dates. On an entirely separate note, if, like me, you just watched the final episode of Game of Thrones, you likely have a plethora of feelings to unpack. I’m not here to post spoilers, but I’ll share the moment I knew I had reached the point of no return in regards to what is now the most-watched television show in history.

Game of Thrones, adapted from the series of novels written by the elusive George R. R. Martin, debuted on HBO in 2011. I was a bit late to the party and started reading the books in 2013. After watching the chaos of The Red Wedding unfold on television, I was determined to finish the third book as soon as possible to see if the show’s interpretation of that iconic scene aligned with what was written on paper.

Needless to say, I found myself devouring the ending of A Storm of Swords in a tiny hotel room outside of Aachen, Germany, in the wee hours of the morning prior to the kickoff of the 2013 Nations Cup. If there are any universal governing truths in one’s life, surely the incomprehensible concept of putting a book down during such a pivotal moment merits a bit of late-night reading.

National Holiday: National Rescue Dog Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

Otter Creek Spring H.T. [Final Scores]

Hitching Post Farm H.T. [Final Scores]

Fair Hill H.T. [Final Scores]

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Final Scores]

Spring Gulch H.T. [Final Scores]

Your Monday News & Notes:

We are keeping an eye on entries for the MARS EQUESTRIAN Bromont CCI Three-Day Event, which will serve as the final selection trial for the U.S. Pan American Games team. There are currently 21 combinations entered in the CCI4*-L, with 22 in the CCI3*-L. Entries close May 29. [Bromont Entry Status]

Anna Nowak and Kendra Mitchell proved victorious in the first Hylofit USEA Classic Series Three-Day Event of the 2019 season at the Fresno County Horse Park Horse Trials in California. Read all about their big wins here. [First 2019 Hylofit USEA Classic Series Winners Decided at the Fresno County Horse Park]

Ben Hobday is sharing more details about his battle with cancer in support of North West Cancer Research’s #SpeakOut campaign. He was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma in 2015 after his barber noticed a lump on his neck. [‘It could have been so much worse’: Ben Hobday speaks out on cancer symptoms]

William Whitaker discusses developing rhythm in show jumping in this week’s edition of #SundaySchool from Horse & Hound. This grid he shares (click the link to see) encourages the rider to use the correct leg and hand aids to maintain consistent rhythm. [#SundaySchool: William Whitaker on how to develop rhythm]

Your Monday Video: Watch Tabitha Kyle’s winning jump-off round aboard Grennanstown Sarco Lux Hill in the FEI Children Grand Prix at Lamprechtshausen in Austria. Go girl go!