It was Mothers’ Day yesterday in the UK, and although US readers won’t celebrate until May, we couldn’t help but share this sweet tribute to the great Mary King, posted by daughter Emily. Two words, folks: MATCHING. HAIRCUTS. Cue the heart-eyes emoji.
National Holiday: It’s the Ides of March. Great, something else for my horse to spook at.
US Weekend Action:
Global Eventing Round-Up:
It’s been another good weekend for our eventing friends Down Under, who headed en masse to Tamworth International in New South Wales to contest classes from CCI2*-S through CCI4*-S, plus a bevy of national-level classes.
Australian eventing has committed itself to increasing the safety of the sport, and Tamworth’s organisers provided a sterling example of this renewed effort, rejigging courses and removing fences in response to a gloomy weather forecast that impacted ground conditions.
The CCI4*-S class went to home nation superstars Hazel Shannon and Willingapark Clifford, while Andrew Cooper and Manhattan produced two foot-perfect jumping phases to take the CCI3*-S. You can check out the full results here.
Your Monday Reading List:
After a horrific car accident took her fiancé and her career, showjumper Sammy Backstrom felt as though she’d lost everything. But now, she’s back in the saddle and once again pursuing the dreams that took her to the World Cup when she was just 18. Her inspirational story will light a fire in you this morning. [Rider who lost her fiancé and showjumping career in horrific car crash is back in the game with high hopes]
Speaking of plucky women who jump colossal fences, the Chronicle is looking back at the story of Gail Greenough – the first woman to take individual gold in showjumping at the World Show Jumping Championships. What a gal. [Throwback Thursday: Living Legend Gail Greenough]
If you’ve ever experienced burnout, you know it’s no joke. And with the long hours, high expectations, and low wages common to the horse industry, it’s not at all uncommon, either. This anonymous letter, written by a young professional, explains the phenomenon – and what it could mean for the wider industry. [There May Be No Future Horse Trainers: An Inside Look at a Young Professional’s Burnout]
We’re all keeping a close eye on EHV-1 outbreaks in our respective areas. But there’s a lot of misinformation about the disease itself making the rounds on social media. Get to grips with EHV-1 – and EHM, the neurological virus that spread in Valencia – here. [The Deadly Strain: When EHV-1 Becomes EHM]
Calling all Cambox helmet cam users! Did you pick up a new Cambox during their Black Friday sale last year? Are you a huge fan of snapping on your helmet cam for a cross country run? We’d love to feature your helmet cam video right here on EN! If you use a Cambox Isi3 or V4, we want to hear from you! Please email [email protected] with your video link and description.
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The FutureTrack Follow:
The concept behind The Positive Equestrian is a simple one: promote the good stuff in the horse world and highlight the people who make it happen. In these dark days of doom-scrolling, it’s a little ray of light on our feeds.
Planning an intense schooling session today (or, heaven help you, stacking some hay bales)? Try these dynamic stretches from equestrian fitness pro Nicola Stuart to help you fend off any latent soreness afterwards.