They deserve medals too, but it looks like they’ll settle for champagne! Let’s start the week off by also singing the praises of the hardworking grooms, whose care and careful management of these equine athletes (and, to be fair, the humans ones too sometimes) have played an integral role is Team USA’s success this weekend. Three cheers go out to, from left to right: Hailey Burlock (Off the Record), Stephanie Simpson (Tsetserleg TSF), Meredith Ferraris (Leamore Master Plan), USEF Eventing Team Facilitator Max Corcoran, Alyssa Dobrotin (Mai Baum) and Sally Robertson (Vermiculus) — click the links to get to know a few of them, and stay tuned for more in our #supergroom series!
Think about this for a second: this year, 2022, has been the first year that international grooms have had a formal voice prior to a major championship, thanks to a partnership signed by the FEI and the International Grooms Association (IGA). That’s not a lot of recognition for a lot of hard work, but we’re delighted to be seeing steps in the right direction.
U.S. Weekend Results
UK Weekend Results:
Munstead (2): [Results]
Allerton Park: [Results]
Pontispool (2): [Results]
Your Monday Reading List:
There was a very important guest on the Pratoni grounds on cross country day: International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Dr. Thomas Bach. As equestrian sport — eventing in particular — teeters on the brink of Olympic exclusion, we’ll keep out fingers crossed that Dr. Bach was as mesmerized by the incredible day of sport as we all were. The impression he gave seems promising. IOC President Bach impressed with “amazing facilities” at World Championship
Fancy yourself a real eventing nerd? Prove it! We’ve extended our FEI World Championships Trivia through the end of today and if you’re one of the top scorers then you could win a bundle of Sterling Essentials all-natural leather care goodies. Test your mettle here, against ten questions. Need a little help? You can find many of the answers within our Ultimate Guide or our Form Guide 😉
What exactly is ‘good welfare’ for a sport horse? That’s the core question that a team of researchers set out to study this year. The researchers have now reached the first milestone of their study, which included surveying a wide range of equine professionals, but there’s a long ways to go yet before the project is completed. Next steps include voting and rating final topics as well as the creation of welfare assessments. [Study seeks to establish a practical blueprint for sport horse welfare]
Pain is often the culprit of “naughty” behavior in horses. We’ve all bee. told this and we all know it intellectually, but in practicality we’re not always great at truly listening to our horses and instead we brush “bad” behavior off as normal. A new 35-minute film builds upon a six-phase and three-year-long study performed by world-renowned expert in equine orthopedics Sue Dyson and seeks to teach equestrians how to spot the earliest signs of pain. [24 Pain Behaviors of the Ridden Horse Documentary Trailer Released]
The FutureTrack Follow: One of my favorite things about these big international competitions like the World Championships and Olympics and Pan Ams is, truly, learning about new horses and rider pairs from around the globe. I’ve really enjoyed following Korntawat Samran, Thailand’s sole representative, on Instagram as he made his World Championship debut this weekend.
Morning Viewing: You thought yesterday’s save of the day at Blenheim was good? Here, have another: