Monday News & Notes from FutureTrack


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The British eventing season FINALLY began over the weekend, and in true English style, it was cold, a bit damp, and absolutely packed to the rafters with superstars out for their first spin. We’re counting down the days until our first UK competition, which will see an EN two-hander head to Thoresby at the end of the month. Bring it on!

National Holiday: It’s National Dentist Day. Have you checked your horse’s hooks lately?

U.S. Weekend Action:

$50,000 Grand-Prix Eventing at Bruce’s Field (Aiken, SC): [Website] [Live Stream] [Results] ] [EN’s Coverage]

Full Gallop Farm March Wednesday H.T. (Aiken, SC): [Website] [Results]

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

Sporting Days Farm March H.T. II (Aiken, SC): [Website] [Results]

Twin Rivers Winter H.T. (Paso Robles, CA): [Website] [Results]

Monday News & Notes:

Imagine the scene: you buy one horse, expecting to have a lovely new steed to ride, and a few weeks later, you get two bonus ones. That’s what happened with this sweet mare, who unexpectedly popped out not one but two foals just after finding herself with a safe place to land. Some quick thinking and teamwork meant that all three came through the experience healthy and happy. [A true baby boom]

The counter-canter is one of the most useful tools you can have at your disposal. Not only does it help you rebalance your horse and develop lateral suppleness and independence — it’s also something you’ll need to demonstrate in some tests. [Here’s how to perfect it]

Ensuring your horse is cared for in his twilight years is one of the most crucial parts of being an owner. Unfortunately, it’s often one of the trickiest, too — especially when some retirement facilities prioritise dollar signs over care. This interesting op-ed posits that competitive governing bodies should take some responsibility for retirees, just as racing does. [Join the conversation]

The FutureTrack Follow:

British-based Moroccan eventer Noor Slaoui brings some very cool content to your feed: from updates on her training and competitions, to insights on what it’s like to be one of your country’s sole representatives in the sport, to flashback posts like this one.

Morning Viewing:

Get your youngster ready for his first course with these super tips from Heidi Woodhead and DHI Sport Horses.

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