Happy Monday of Maryland week! As we gear up for an action-filled week in Maryland, we’re also still buzzing about the results Team USA has been pulling in overseas. With a focus on higher pressure Nations Cup competitions and providing more riders with more opportunities to replicate these environments, the teams seem to really have gotten on well during their time together — and the results reflect all of these moving parts falling into place. It’s going to be a building process, no doubt, but the rising talent we have in the U.S. is certainly something to feel good about. And many, if not most, of these chances to improve on the world stage come in no small part thanks to the generosity of individuals such as Ms. Jacqueline Mars, Karen Stives, Rebecca Broussard, and many, many others. Here’s to big things coming for Team USA!
U.S. Weekend Results:
Major International Results:
Today is the final day (well, noon EST today, anyway!) to enter our giveaway of two VIP passes to the Maryland 5 Star! All you need to do to enter is sign up for EN’s Maryland Daily Digest, which will be sent each evening during competition to keep you caught up with all the action. We’ll be drawing and announcing the winner this afternoon, so enter now!
This is also the final week to apply for the winter disbursement of the Strides for Equality Equestrians Ever So Sweet scholarship. This opportunity provides three months of all expenses paid training with Sara Kozumplik Murphy at her Ocala, Florida facility. Learn more about the scholarship here and make sure to apply by October 15!
The Swedes are on fire! They clinched a repeat FEI Eventing Nations Cup title this weekend at Boekelo, adding more accolades to add to their 2019 title. Read the FEI’s recap on the Nations Cup finale here.
How do you “peak” at the right time? It’s the ongoing puzzle that professional riders are always looking for — there’s a balance between thoughtful training and training for the peak. Caroline Martin, who’s slated to be the busiest rider at Maryland this week, offers up some tips for finding your peak at the right time in this article with Practical Horseman.
The Maryland 5 Star will be auctioning off a 4-Star Trailer to benefit the Fair Hill Foundation this week. 4-Star Trailers has donated a customized 2+1 model, 23’6″ long, 8’ tall, 6’9” wide with a retail value $52,117. Bidding ends on October 17 and you can click here to learn more + place your bid. Good luck!
Trot Set Pod of the Week:
The horse market is bananas right now! Why so? How do you navigate it? What are some things you should know? The Noelle Floyd Equestrian Voices podcast, hosted by Caroline Culbertson, offers a frank financial discussion about the current state of the market with hunter/jumper pro Hope Glynn. It’s a must-listen, especially if you do any business buying or selling horses! Take a listen here.
Monday Video Break:
Don’t forget to vote for supergroom Stephanie Simpson, who has been nominated for the Cavalor FEI Best Groom Award for 2021: