I truly cannot believe we’ve reached this part of the year already, but somehow, we’re into the autumn season and that special time of the year in which I only think about those clever six- and seven-year-old horses who’ll potentially contest Le Lion d’Angers in late October. It’s always fun to see which US horses will make the journey, and there have been some changes on that front over the last few days: Doug Payne, the recipient of the Holekamp/Turner Grant for 2021 with Camarillo, has opted not to make the trip in light of ongoing travel restrictions, but Avery Klunick, who’s currently based with Australia’s Kevin and Emma McNab in the UK, picked up her qualification with Pisco Sour at Cornbury over the weekend. And so the race to Le Lion continues on apace!
National Holiday: It’s National Peanut Butter Day. I’m into it.
US Weekend Action:
UK Weekend Action:
Burnham Market (2): [Results]
Cornbury House International: [Results]
Frenchfield (2): [Results]
Frickley Park (2): [Results]
West Wilts (3): [Results]
Your Monday Reading List:
The final list of entries for next week’s European Championships has gone live! And blimey, folks, there’s some quality on there. We’ll be doing a deep dive into the entries and what you can expect from them, but in the meantime, have a cheeky browse through the list and start picking your favourites. We reckon it’s pretty hard to bet against the Brits again…! [Definite Entries for 2021 FEI Eventing European Championships]
If you work with horses, you’re probably always stumbling upon new and unique ways to injure yourself. For British farrier Charlie Madden, that injury has been, well, fairly horrific — but he’s hoping that he can use his experience for good, by sharing his story and encouraging horsey folks to consider wearing eye protection when working with their four-legged darlings. [Farrier whose eye burst in freak accident hopes his story may save others’ vision]
Age ain’t nothin’ but a number, baby — or at least, that’s how Aussie Andrew Hoy feels about it. He’s quite happy to let everyone else get into a flap about his age (that’s 62; the oldest in the eventing at Tokyo) while he cracks on with his next set of goals. [Olympian Andrew Hoy focuses on the future, leaving others to talk about his age]
How do you go from rural northern Ontario to the glittering areas of Aachen and Hagen? With a lot of hard work and a heck of a passion for horses, as Canadian dressage rider Ryan Torkkeli discovered. [From Thunder Bay to Europe: The Move That Made Ryan Torkkeli’s Career]
The FutureTrack Follow:
Missed England’s Cornbury House International Horse Trials last week? Recap the event in images from award-winning photographer Sarah Farnsworth.
Ever wondered what actually goes into making a saddle? Consider your questions answered.