Monday News & Notes from FutureTrack


Some days you’re the drinker, some days you’re in the drink. Or something like that, anyway. In any case, we reckon Yuxuan Su‘s deep-sea dive to rescue his horse’s overreach boot at Houghton probably deserves some commendation of its own. Perhaps a commemorative Speedo?

National Holiday:Today on Memorial Day, we are remembering the sacrifice made by military personnel who have given up their lives in service to their country. To these brave men and women, our eternal recognition and gratitude.

US Weekend Action:

Virginia International H.T. (Lexington, Va.): [Website] [Results]

Spring Coconino H.T. (Flagstaff, Az.): [Website] [Results]

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. (Elum, Wa.): [Website] [Results]

May-Daze at the Park H.T. (Lexington, Ky.): [Website] [Results]

Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T. (Gales Ferry, Ct.): [Website] [Results]

The Spring Event at Woodside (Woodside, Ca.): [Website] [Results]

UK Weekend Action:

Borde Hill (1): Results

Houghton International: Website | Times and Live Scores | EN’s Coverage

Pontispool (1): Results

Shelford Manor (1): Results

Global Eventing Roundup:


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FEI events took place in every corner of the world over the weekend, with competition fixtures in South Africa, Japan, Estonia, and Uruguay, as well as in the US and UK. But arguably the biggest and most significant fixture was Poland’s Baborówko, which hosted classes from CCI1*-S through to CCI4*-L, with some of the continent’s foremost riders in situ.

First place in the CCI4*-L went the way of Sweden’s Aminda Ingulfson and Hot Cup VH, who climbed from sixth place after dressage to the eventual win after adding just 3.6 time penalties across the country in Saturday’s tough, stormy conditions. Meanwhile, Fouaad Mirza made a great showing for India, taking second place on dressage leader Seigneur Medicott and third with Dajara 4.

Michael Jung and fischerChipmunk FRH were able to scoop the CCI4*-S win after leaders Ingrid Klimke and SAP Hale Bob OLD withdrew before the final phase, due to a tumble for Ingrid in another class. We’re pleased to confirm that while Ingrid will undergo some further examination, she’s been able to travel home from Poland. Michael also took second place aboard fischerWild Wave, who will make his CCI5* debut at Luhmühlen in a couple of weeks, while Sandra Auffarth and Let’s Dance 73 rounded out the podium and bolstered their Tokyo campaign.

There was another win for Michael in the CCI3*-S, which he took with Kilcandra Ocean Power, while the CCI2*-S went to Finland’s Lotte Palmgren and Geniale 11. In second place, Germany’s Felix Etzel‘s 2020 Le Lion mount Promising Pete continued his string of impressive international results. You can check out the full results here.

Your Monday Reading List:

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Want to read more about Michael Jung’s Baborowko wins? HorseTalk NZ has the full lowdown from the weekend. [Eventer Michael Jung steals the show at Baborówko]

Coronavirus cases are on the rise in Japan, and residents of the country are calling on the country to call off the forthcoming Olympics. Their voices have been bolstered by the Asahi newspaper, which sells 4.9 million copies a day and is a sponsor of the Games — the first sponsor, indeed, to call for a cancellation. [With hospitals collapsing, unvaccinated Japanese rebel against Games]

London’s Park Lane Stables is facing eviction despite successfully raising £1.3 million – £300,000 more than the amount requested to secure the premises. Now the riding stable, which is part of the Riding for the Disabled programme, is seeking new premises. [Park Lane Stables Announcement]

A replica of Winston Churchill’s childhood pony is returning to the stables at Blenheim Palace. Fans of bad taxidermy will be disappointed to hear that the lifesize pony is made out of wood, not the nightmares of the young. [Churchill’s childhood ‘pony’ returns to Blenheim for special exhibition]

The FutureTrack Follow:

Want a bit of feel-good content on your feed? Jamaican eventer Lydia Heywood‘s Cool Ridings is the perfect tonic. She helps young, aspiring riders get in the saddle and enjoy some super learning opportunities, and the organisation’s Instagram page is chock full of rider profiles, success stories, and nuggets of inspiration.

Morning Viewing: 

Happy birthday to the FEI! You don’t look a day over 25.