Monday News & Notes from FutureTrack



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We’re saddened not to begin the year with close scrutiny of the scores at Portugal’s Barocca d’Alva, which has always been the international season opener of choice for riders who want to nab early qualifications. It’s a little bit like a close-knit summer camp in February, but alas, it is no more: now, European-based horses and riders who need to secure the goods early will need to head to Italy instead for Montelibretti’s Prosecco Tour series.

National Holiday: Happy Galentine’s Day! I’ll be feeding my mare lots of carrots to celebrate.

US Weekend Action:

Full Gallop Farm February I H.T. (Aiken, SC) [Website] [Results]

Pine Top Intermediate H.T. (Thomson, GA) [Website] [Results]

Rocking Horse Winter II H.T. (Altoona, FL) [Website] [Results]

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There’s the potential for another change to the contentious flag rule. The Swedish eventers have been using a unique penalty system at their national events since 2020, and it was presented at the FEI Eventing Safety Forum last month as a prospective next step for international competition, too. [Could seven penalty knocks be the future?]

There was no new Budweiser commercial at this year’s Super Bowl, which is a bummer. But the Clydesdales have had many, many glory years making us all weep into our beers and wings, and over on Horse Nation, Deann has been looking back at them all. [More beer, more wings, more weeping]

Wellington is getting serious about sustainability. The Winter Equestrian Festival has teamed up with Carbon Hoofprint to create a strategy to turn manure into natural gas, a first-of-its-kind endeavour in the States. [WEF goes green]

And finally, if you board, have you actually read your contract? I’m as guilty as anyone for skimming the Ts and Cs of most things, but when it comes to your horse, you should take the time to go through all your documentation with a fine-toothed comb. [Here’s why]

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I know you all already follow Aussie Olympian Andrew Hoy – but now I need you to get behind his exceptional rising four-year-old Castle Cornet, who was our favourite horse at the Goresbridge Go For Gold sale in November. This one’s a name you’ll want to remember!

Morning Viewing:

The other day, we shared the link to watch International Velvet, which went over particularly well — and now, we’ve got some fascinating behind-the-scenes clips of how the eventing scenes were captured and the impressive riding trajectory of star Tatum O’Neill.

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