Monday News & Notes from FutureTrack


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Well this is very sweet, isn’t it — lovely Quinn is enjoying a seriously lush retirement, and Doug Payne and his team got the chance to visit him while competing at Tryon. There are few things I like more than seeing these great horses in their twilight years.

National Holiday: It’s National Cheeseburger Day. Does any cheeseburger ever taste better than the one you have right after completing cross-country?

U.S. Weekend Action:

Aspen Farm H.T. (Yelm, WA) [Website] [Results]

Flying Cross Farm H.T. (Goshen, KY) [Website] [Results]

GMHA September H.T. (South Woodstock, VT) [Website] [Results]

Marlborough H.T (Upper Marlboro, MD) [Website] [Results]

Otter Creek Fall H.T. (Wheeler, WI) [Website] [Results]

The Event at Skyline (Mt Pleasant, UT) [Website] [Results]

The Fork at Tryon (Mill Spring, NC) [Website] [Results]

Major International Events:

Blenheim Palace International: [Website] [Entries] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

Your Monday Reading List:

Do your test sheets often read ‘needs to be rounder?’ As someone whose horse is shaped like a city bus, this is a struggle I know all too well. I’ll be diving into these tips from dressage rider Amelia Newcomb to try to develop that bus into a Mini Cooper this week — give them a go yourself here.

While I’m at it, I’ll be tuning up my transitions. There’s a lot of room for error in this essential little movements — but done right, they’ll get your horse working better than ever and prepare him for a much more difficult next movement. Come on a deep dive into the mechanics of them here.

We often think of women centuries ago being shut away to have babies and maintain households. While that’s true an awful lot of the time, some new historical evidence suggests that women in 10th—14th century China had rather more going on for them, at least where riding is concerned. Find out more about the role they played across the disciplines.

And finally… I don’t really know why I bothered working 16 hour days to cover all the action across two classes at Blenheim, when the Daily Mail once again proved that you can do a truly comprehensive and not-at-all stupid job of it in just about five minutes flat, if you’re committed enough.

Morning Viewing:

Blenheim’s not just about four-stars — check out all the fun in the Eventers’ Challenge grassroots competition here!


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