Monday News & Notes from FutureTrack

We’re all beyond excited for the Olympics to start this month – but none more so than the incredible team behind the scenes, who’ve worked unspeakably hard to make the Games happen. Among those is Eventing Co-Ordinator Carola Brighenti, who relocated to Tokyo for the role and has found herself living in Japan for an extra year – so her incredibly snapshots of life in and around the completed equestrian venue feel extra poignant.

National Holiday: It’s International Town Criers Day. Erm, congratulations, I guess?

US Weekend Action:

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (Fairburn, Ga.): [Website] [Results]

Huntington Farm H.T. (South Strafford, Vt.): [Website] [Results]

The Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy Farm (Adamstown, Md.): [Website] [Final Results Saturday] [Final Results Sunday]

Round Top H.T. (Castle Rock, Co.): [Omnibus] [Results]

Will O’Wind II: Final Results

UK Weekend Action:

Barbury: Results, EN’s Coverage

Buckminster Park: Results

Tweseldown (3): Results

Your Monday Reading List:

It takes more than a village to make an Olympic three-day event happen. Meet David Evans, the man at the helm of the Tokyo course-building team, to find out what his role entails – it’s much more than just knocking a few pheasant feeders together. [Road to Tokyo with Course-Builder David Evans]

Australia’s Andrew Hoy and Vassily de Lassos are among the favourites for an individual medal at Tokyo – but this Olympic cycle certainly isn’t the stalwart rider’s first. He took gold 29 years ago and goes to Tokyo as the first Aussie to compete in eight Olympics. [Andrew Hoy Closing in on Olympic History]

A ‘psychic’ horse cast his prediction for last night’s football Euros final. Spoiler alert: he didn’t get it right. Maybe we’ll just stick to reading horoscopes. [Angus the psychic horse predicts England will win Euro 2020 football final]

New Zealand’s equestrian community is fighting for their right to safe bridleways. They’re not the first country to be faced with this kind of battle: British riders, too, have had to form working groups and start petitions to save access routes. [Kiwi equestrian traditions at risk as horse riders fight for their future]

The FutureTrack Follow:

Want to head behind the scenes on the trail to Tokyo? Follow Ireland’s Sarah Ennis, who’s documenting the epic journey the whole way through.

Morning Viewing:

Perhaps you’ve followed German eventer Christoph Wahler for a while, or perhaps his second place finish at Luhmühlen was your first introduction to this talented chap, who is now first reserve for the German Olympic team. In any case, we reckon you’ll enjoy watching a prepubescent Christoph ride a pas de deux with his father, Burkhard, in this excellent throwback post.