Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

Photo by Alison Green for Shannon Brinkman Photo, shared via Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event on Facebook.

Smartphones have oodles of megapixels and “nice” cameras are no longer found only in the hands of professionals. ‘Anyone can be a photographer these days’ is a lament that I’ve heard more than once from professionals and hardcore hobbyists alike. It’s easy to point, shoot, and get a decent snap when you have a user-friendly dSLR in your hand. Despite the pure quantity of pictures floating around, I hope that quality is still appreciated.

Shannon Brinkman, who was the official event photographer at the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event this weekend, and her second shooters all produce incredible quality photos. Their eye for framing and composition makes sports photography look like portraiture; I am constantly in awe of their talent and could spend hours admiring their art. You can check out more of their photos shared on the Ocala Jockey Club Facebook page.

National Holiday: National Peanut Butter Fudge Day

Major Events This Weekend:

Mitsubishi Motors Australian International Three-Day Event [Website] [Results]

Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day International Event [Website] [Results]

U.S. Weekend Action:

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News & Notes:

We continue to remember Australian eventing trailblazer Gillian Rolton, who passed away on Saturday after battling cancer. Gillian was the director of the Australian International Three-Day Event, which took place this weekend, and the video tribute to her was presented at the event. [Gillian Rolton honoured at Australian International Three Day Event after death from cancer]

Anne Kursinski is a popular clinician in the jumper world, but the techniques she preaches can apply across disciplines. In a recent clinic in Frenchtown, New Jersey she emphasized the important of rider position, effectiveness, and correct flatwork. [Anne Kursinski Clinic Day 1: Control Your Position To Control Your Horse][Anne Kursinski Clinic Day 2: Clear Communication Is Key]

Gym memberships are expensive, but that’s not an excuse to slack on fitness. There are already plenty of everyday objects around the barn that you can use to step up your exercise program and get strong for the saddle. [Equipment for At-Home Exercise | Be Equestrian Fit]

Saturday Video: Ain’t no party like a Stutttgart German Masters party. Spot anyone familiar in the crowd?