The British-based among you will likely have seen that the Eventing Riders Association of GB will be hosting a jam-packed fundraising day on the 26th of January to aid equestrians affected by Australia’s bushfires. With demos from Tim Price, Alex Bragg, Piggy French and more, plus a barbecue and plenty of banter, it’s set to be a top-notch day out for fans of the sport. Unfortunately, tickets have now sold out – but keep an eye on the ERA’s page for your chance to nab a last-minute spot, and definitely check out the online charity auction, which is heaving with brilliant buys. Some of the highlights? A trip to the SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials, complete with a coursewalk with Chris Burton; a skull cap signed by fifteen legends of the sport, including Mark Todd, Lucinda Green, and Mary King, lunch with Lucinda Green at Thoresby International; tonnes of training opportunities, and the chance to have an event rider as your slave for the day. Cheeky.
National Holiday: National Popcorn Day…or, um, World Quark Day.
U.S. Weekend Action:
If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent much of the winter trying to persuade yourself that this year, you’ll definitely nail the showjumping. Maybe you’ve been compressing and elongating strides between a couple of poles until your vision goes squiffy; maybe you’ve taken your stirrups away and toddled through endless lines of grids. My own favourite way to learn? By warming up after a ride with a hot drink and a look at how it should be done. This ultra-composed and lightning-fast round by Christian Ahlmann at Leipzig last year is worth watching frame by frame.