Just when we thought Queen Ingrid Klimke couldn’t get any cooler, she went to the ECCO FEI World Championships for Dressage and smashed out an exceptional 75.683% with Franziskus, earning herself a team bronze medal in the process. Who says you can’t have it all?
National Holiday: It’s National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbour’s Porch Day. Even I can’t tell if that’s a euphemism or not.
US Weekend Action:
UK Weekend Results:
Bishop Burton International Youth Championships: [Results]
The Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing: [Results]
Little Downham (2): [Results]
Skipton (2): [Results]
Global Eventing Round-Up:
Your Monday Reading List:
It was a balmy weekend of eventing at Gloucestershire’s Gatcombe Estate. There, in Princess Anne’s front garden, the Festival of British Eventing took place in front of enthusiastic crowds of spectators and picnickers, and national championships were doled out through the weekend. We caught up with the new British Open Champion, Tim Price, as well as Novice and Intermediate winner Caroline Martin, to find out how they sealed the deal on their successful weekends. [And yes, we forgot the SPF]
Just a week after the conclusion of the Junior and Young Rider European Championships, Europe’s Pony riders got their turn in the spotlight. These intrepid under-sixteens headed to Strzegom, Poland, to battle it out for the titles on offer, and it was Ireland that would emerge victorious — scuppering Britain’s chances of holding every team gold medal at the same time. Fair play to ’em. [Big up the Irish]
In perhaps the greatest news story of the last week, a pony named Patrick has been named the major of the village of Cockington in Devon, England. It’s not all victory parades and ballot boxes for four-year-old Patrick, though — he’s facing a shaky start to his term as he’s already been barred from his favourite local pub, where he’s often found drinking Guinness in the garden. [Do I wish I was making this up? Nah]
The first medals of the World Championships have been awarded, and it was a great day for the host country: Denmark took gold in the team dressage competition, besting Great Britain by just over a penalty point. [Here’s how they did it]
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One of my favourite things about following along with the ECCO FEI World Championships for Dressage has been to ‘join in’ with the journey courtesy of Ireland’s Abi Lyle, who made her World Championships debut this week. She’s arguably one of the warmest, most fun riders in the scene and her Instagram account has been a real treat over the last week. Longtime followers, though, will know that it always is.
I’m getting ready to head to Le Pin au Haras for the first time ever this week, alongside British team member Mollie Summerland — and to prepare, I’m rewatching all the 2019 Nations Cup cross-country. If you, too, are in need of several hours of eventing action, you can join me: