Well good morning Eventing Nation!
Are you a bit slower moving today after your fabulous instructor instituted ‘No-Stirrup November’ yesterday? They forgot?! Well, I hope nobody reminds them…
Anyway, this weekend is a battle of the coasts as the west coast has Galway Downs Three Day (N-P, T3D-CCI3*), but the east coast has two Three Days: Rocking Horse (BN-I, N3D & T3D) and Virginia Three Day (BN-I, CCI1*). West Coast might have bigger levels, but East Coast has more three days. Or, are you more of a middle ground
southern person? Pine Hill for you! So who wins in the battle of left vs right coast? Eventers everywhere!
Events this Weekend:
The FEI is proposing a rule change at the next General Assembly. They are voting to abolish the Associate Membership. This means that anyone with a registered FEI membership can nominate and vote on a candidate in the FEI Dressage Committee. Some worry this turns into a popularity contest, and the views of the whole will not be expressed by the popular candidate. This rule change has not been properly discussed by the stakeholders and National Federations, but goes to vote at next week’s General Assembly. [Eurodressage]
Horse Sport Ireland is looking for new Senior Show Jumping and Eventing Managers. The current managers’ contract are up December 31, 2012. “In the interest of transparency and fairness, the board is of the view that an open recruitment competition should be held for these important positions,” says Joe Walsh, Chairman of Horse Sport Ireland. If you’re bummed you didn’t get the Canadian coaching position, try Ireland. They’ll be advertising soon. [Irish Examiner]
It’s a Girl! Congratulations to WFP and wife, Alice Plunkket on their newest addition to their family. The brand new baby girl has not yet been named (or at least announced), but was born at a healthy 9lbs, 1 oz on October 31! She joins older brothers Oliver, 6 and Thomas, 5. [Congratulations!]
Lots of advertising for the 2013 International Eventing Forum. We’ve reported about this upcoming event several times, but it’s worth a little reminder if you still don’t have plans February 4, 2013 and are going to be in the vicinity of Hartpury College. Mark Todd is headlining with his “Journey to the Top” speech and demonstration. There’s a dressage talk on “How Both Ends Meet”, and DO’C and ME-S talk XC in “Course Designer vs Coach”. [H&H – get your tickets]
Clayton Fredericks talks a bit about his appointment as Eventing Coach for Team Canada. No word on whether anything will be lost in translation. Is there a Canadian equivalent for “crikey”? (Insert Dudley Do-Right and Crocodile Dundee joke here.) We’ll find out as Clayton winds down on his upper level riding and gets his new Ocala base into full swing this winter. [H&H]
Hot on HN: Superstorm Sandy is past us, but the damage is not. HN has posted some notes regarding the cleanup and a barn in Long Island that has taken in (too many) horses. [Post-Sandy Message Board]
Found on Facebook: (And EN posted about) The Dubarry of Ireland Galway Downs Best Dressed Award. Like your favorite of the Top 5 to cast your vote. [Exercise your right: Vote! Vote! Vote!]
Best of the Blogs: Jessica Pye is in a qualifications conundrum. Her accident prone horse has left her with terrific rides and great qualification scores, but over a span of time too long to be counted for next year’s events. [Any rules gurus out there?]
In the fourth video of this FLAIR® Master Class Eventing video series, Dierks and Hill discuss their approach to 2012 RK3DE effort No. 4 — the Suspended Rails. Time of day also figures strongly into the successful approach to this straightforward effort.