Today marks the end of what has felt like a very long season — welcome to Sunday at Terranova, 2023’s final 4*-L! Tune in to the live stream to see if Great Britain’s Lucienne Bellissimo will maintain her two-day lead for the win, or if the honor will be given to another! Keep an eye on EN to follow along with our last hurrah of the season.
I’ve spent this week with my trainer and some barn friends at the Las Vegas National Horse Show, which has been a fun adventure back into jumper land. After being immersed in the upper levels of eventing for the last year, and living in a state that doesn’t host any Grand Prix, it can be easy to forget that there are still much bigger jumps out there. Watching the 1.50 Grand Prix on Thursday was intense, but the 1.60 title Grand Prix on Saturday was an entire religious experience.
I’m not afraid of heights, but I’ve also never considered jumping a fence taller than me (and I am not lacking in height by any means). It’s safe to say I earned a bit more respect for our jumper compatriots this week, and continue to be impressed by the three days of endurance our horses go through (with fences not much smaller than these monstrosities). It’s also just so fun to sit back and “judge” these riders and their superstar creatures as if I could ever attempt this feat.
U.S. Weekend Action
Links to Start Your Sunday:
Sponsor Corner: Elisa Wallace had her horse, Renkum Corsair, tested with Etalon Dx back in April. His results helped her navigate his fear of other horses, which was a big problem in busy warmup rings. Check out his results from Etalon Equine Genetics.
Morning Viewing: Listen… we’re all friends here. We’re close. We know. The competitive horse world has seen many unfortunate incidents resulting from the “shavings checks” we riders and grooms often resort to and normalize. The FEI is here to remind you that the up-close-and-personal investigations into the state of our shavings should probably wait until we’re back at home.