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It’s been a seriously busy weekend for four-stars — and so it’s basically no surprise at all that somewhere in the world, Michael Jung and fischerChipmunk FRH won something! They took the CCI4*-S at Marbach in Germany, beating out a hot field of 46 entries from around Europe and beyond, and making it very, very clear what they plan to do at this summer’s FEI European Eventing Championships. I’m tempted to request that we start playing sinister music whenever this man rides into an arena, because he’s just that formidable. The Jaws music while jumping would be kind of a vibe, though, right?
National Holiday: It’s National Chocolate Chip Day. I’ll be sure to reward myself with a handful of Kisses — just glorified choccie chips, really, aren’t they — when I chip in to every jump I attempt today. It’s a reach, but we all need something to keep us going, don’t we?
US Weekend Action:
Tryon International Three Day Event (Mill Spring, NC) [Website] [Results]
Galway Downs Spring H.T. (Temecula, CA) [Website] [Results]
Hitching Post Farm H.T. (South Royalton, VT) [Website] [Results]
Majestic Oaks Ocala H.T. (Reddick, FL) [Website] [Entries] [Results]
Plantation Field H.T. (Coatesville, PA) [Website] [Results]
Spokane Sport Horse Spring H.T. (Spokane, WA) [Website] [Results]
Winona Horse Trials (Hanoverton, OH) [Website] [Results]
UK Weekend Action:
Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials (Bakewell, Derbyshire): Website, Live Scores, Live Stream, EN’s Coverage
Llanymynech (Oswestry, Shropshire): [Results]
Floors Castle (Roxburghshire, Scotland): [Results]
Aston-le-Walls (Daventry, Northamptonshire): [Results]
Your Monday Reading List:
We all spend a huge amount of our time with our horses on grooming them. But are we — forgive me — maximising that time? Registered equine massage therapist Janet Storey reckons not — but she’s got plenty of great tips for how to use this crucial part of the day to work in some massage techniques, identify areas of pain or reactivity, and build a better bond, too. [Get tactile]
This cob can! A few days ago, we shared a video of a feathered-legged, 14.2hh cob who, at the age of 20, flew around the BE90 Voltaire Design Grassroots Championships at Badminton with Morven Ritchie, earning himself a serious fan club along the way. Now, in this piece from H&H, you can get to know the pint-sized powerhouse and his rider. [We, too, are big fans]
Throwback time! Head back to 2016 with the Chronicle — and, more specifically, back to the Badminton finale that secured Michael Jung the Grand Slam. I don’t think a week goes by that I don’t think about how cool it is to have been around for the La Biosthetique Sam era of our sport. What a horse. [And what a week!]
I love a horse book. I’ll read just about anything that has a horse in it, because I’m so desperate to find that rare horse novel that’s actually a really good piece of literature, too. (The best I’ve found, so far, for what it’s worth, is Jane Smiley’s racing epic ‘Horse Heaven’.) I’ve added a couple of the recs on this list to my next bookshop wishlist. [Curl up with a good read]
The FutureTrack Follow:
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Lizzie Baugh is having a big month: she’s been the guinea pig test rider at Badminton AND won the CCI4*-S at Chatsworth yesterday. Follow her now and get a front row seat to her rise to the top!
Get to know Ros Canter better than ever in this long-form interview!