“My dream is to one day make Windurra a cat sanctuary like this,” Boyd said in a Facebook post yesterday.
Picture it, a cross country paradise: there are jumps for all levels, hills and terrain galore, ditches, banks, and water; all the fun stuff. And cats. Cats everywhere.
The U.S. team had a little extra time on their hands for some sightseeing since their horses’ flight was delayed so they took a quick 30-minute trip east to Parque Kennedy, which has become somewhat of a city landmark thanks to it’s stray cat population and the anonymous citizens who care for them. We knew Boyd was a real cat person, so frankly we can’t really tell if he’s joking or not. I guess now we know what Boyd’s retirement job will be. Hopefully Mark Todd hasn’t given him any funny ideas.
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If Boyd hasn’t made good on his cat sanctuary dream by then, Windurra USA (Cochranville, PA) will be hosting a three-day clinic with top Irish eventer Joseph Murphy on Aug. 27-29. This Olympian, who is fresh off a top placing at Aachen, is widely recognized as one of the best cross country riders in the world. Joseph is also an extremely effective teacher who specializes in building confidence in both horses and riders. [Event Clinics]
Oh yeah, there was a Nations Cup leg this weekend! With NAYC and The Event at Rebecca dominating our own coverage, it was easy to forget that the fourth leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup took place at Camphire International Horse Trials in Ireland this weekend. Sam Watson took home the individual win for his home nation while New Zealand clinched the team gold. [Irish Team Nations Cup runners-up at Camphire]
Speaking of New Zealand, Mark Todd shocked us all as his retirement was announced on the Nations Cup podium at Camphire, and this time it’s for real. New Zealand high performance eventing manager Graeme Thom made the announcement as Toddy stood alongside teammates Jonelle and Tim Price. [‘No comeback this time’ – Kiwi sporting legend Sir Mark Todd announces retirement]
Pony Club is celebrating it’s 90th birthday this year! As part of the celebration, the organization has created a global ‘Ride Around the World’ movement to take place in 27 countries beginning in Australia on Saturday, August 3rd. There will also be a special event at the Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Park this weekend. [Global celebrations for Pony Club’s 90th birthday start at Gatcombe]
Monday Video: Less than one year to go until Tokyo now!
The countdown is on as the best in the world prepare to showdown of Tokyo 2020 Olympics! 🇯🇵🎉As the pinnacle of competition draws ever nearer, it's time to celebrate all the passion, perseverance and incredible determination it takes to get there.It's only 1 year to go… and we can't wait!
Posted by FEI Eventing on Wednesday, July 24, 2019