Monday News & Notes Presented by Fleeceworks

Photo via Great Meadow International on Facebook.

With so many events, and major ones at that, happening this weekend how many volunteers do you think were out there making at all happen? Frankly, I can’t even hazard a guess, but each and every one of them deserves a huge ‘thank you’ for donating their time and energy to make it all a success.

National Holiday: National Women’s Equality Day

Major Weekend Events:

MARS Great Meadow International [Website] [Final Scores]

Millstreet International Horse Trials – Ireland [Website] [Live Final Scores]

Land Rover Blair Castle Horse Trials – Scotland [Website] [Final Scores]

U.S. Weekend Results:

Town Hill Farm H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. II [Website] [Final Scores]

Caber Farm H.T. [Website] [Final Scores]

The Event at Archer [Website] [Final Scores]

Your Saturday News & Notes:

The eventing community is mourning the sudden loss of Ann Haller. A woman who gave so much to the sport, Ann was working at Great Meadow International this weekend as the press officer and cross-country controller shortly before passing away at a local hospital. EN sends its sincerest sympathies to Ann’s family and friends. [In Memoriam: Ann Haller]

We have previously shared the story of 10-year-old legally blind eventer Kyra Barrett, who participates in the sport with the aid of her coach on a guide horse and verbal commands. Earlier this year, Equestrian Canada approved the use of a guide horse and certified her for para-equestrian classification, but recently reversed the decision based on a complaint from another rider about Kyra receiving an unfair advantage. Kyra is entered in an event this weekend, and her family is hoping that Equestrian Canada will reconsider before then. [10-Year-Old Legally Blind Horse Rider Barred from Equestrian Competition]

New Zealand event rider Ginny Thompson knows that achieving dreams means making sacrifices and working hard. Two years ago she made the big move from her home country to England to make her five-star dreams come true and test her mettle against the best event riders in the work. [The Lengths That Ginny Thompson Has Gone For Her 5* Dream]

Animal rights protestors jumped the fence and entered the arena during the competition at the FEI European Jumping Championships in Rotterdam. The protestors had anti-equestrian sport verbiage written on themselves and signs. Denmark’s Marc Houtzager was in the ring in the middle of his round with Sterrehof’s Calimero and maintained incredible focus despite the crowd’s gasps and nearly crossing paths with the woman to jump a clear round with only time. Video is below. [Incident during Marc Houtzager’s round]

Monday Video: Marc Houtzager and Sterrehof’s Calimero jump an incredible clear round despite a protestor crossing their path:

😱IDIOTS disturbing Round B of 🇳🇱Marc Houtzager and he manages to ride a superb clear round with Stoeterij Sterrehof Calimero,! Way to go Marc!! Congratulations, also to owner Stoeterij Sterrehof and breeder De Wiemselbach! ✨🔝🍀✨🍀✨🍀🇳🇱😃

Posted by Horsetelex on Sunday, August 25, 2019