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Happy Monday to everyone, but especially to Jennie Brannigan, who picked herself up a tan, a diamond, and a fiancé over the weekend. Honestly, #goals.
National Holiday: It’s National Insurance Awareness Day. We have reached peak boring holidays.
US Weekend Action:
UK Weekend Results:
Alnwick Ford (1): [Results]
Eland Lodge (2): [Results]
Farley Hall: [Results]
Launceston (1): [Results]
Global Eventing Round-Up:
The major focal point of the weekend’s global events was Poland’s LOTTO Strzegom Horse Trials, which hosted classes all the way through to CCI4*-L, as well as a CCIO4*-S Nations Cup leg, which was duly won by the home nation. The individual win in the CCIO4*-S also went the way of Poland, with Matieusz Kiempa leading from start to finish with Libertina.
Switzerland’s Robin Godel continued his incredible season with a victory in the CCI4*-L class, riding the exciting Global DHI, while Tim Price took second with the former Chris Burton ride Polystar I, and Italy’s Emiliano Portale took third with one of my personal favourite young horses on the scene, Aracne dell’Esercito Italiano. Just ten of the 18 starters completed this tough class, and it was a truly international line-up to finish, with Jonelle Price and Faerie Magnifico taking fourth and the USA’s Katherine Coleman rounding out the top five with Monbeg Senna.
Your Monday Reading List:
It was an exciting weekend for our friends in the world of showjumping, as Ireland’s Shane Breen took his first ever victory in the Hickstead Derby on the class’s 60th anniversary. Even more special? He lives on-site and is married into the Bunn family, who started and continue to run this iconic show. We love watching this class, which combines the best of top-level jumping with something rather more akin to cross-country. [Some lad, that Shane Breen]
Mary King, who broke several ribs, vertebrae, and a shoulder blade in a fall at home recently, is doing well. She’s up and about at home, getting on with errands and already contemplating a return to one of her favourite hobbies, tennis. [Does this woman not have pain receptors?]
Poland made it happen in their home leg of the FEI Nations Cup series at Strzegom over the weekend. Their super performances prove that this ‘developing’ eventing nation have got an awful lot going for them — and the Austrians, too, continued to excited throughout the competition. [We love watching these countries thrive]
The FEI has been honoured as one of the leading international sporting governing bodies. This accolade comes from the Association of Summer Olympic International Federations, which, rather curiously, decides who’s earned a nod based on self-assessments from each body. The ASOIF also proves our long-held belief that if something exists, you better believe there’s an organisation for it. [Is that Rule 34? Oh, wait, that’s something else]
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Check out Shane Breen’s winning ride over the Hickstead Derby course: