Summer is here folks, and I know this because last night I had to wait until 9 p.m. to turn out my horses to avoid the horrible awful sweltering humid hot Virginia heat. Yesterday was the first day where just existing outside for more than 20 minutes left you drenched in sweat for literally no reason, and I was not about it. Florida people, I honestly don’t know how you do it.
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As a coach, clinician, rider and trainer, Kyle Carter emphasizes process and horsemanship over all else. Throughout his career, the World Equestrian Games Silver Medalist, Olympian, Pan American Games athlete, and five-star competitor has sought to understand better the programs and theories that lead to the success of great horses and great riders. [Featured Clinician: Kyle Carter]
The nomad McLain Ward is back, and he’s thrilled about it. After being forced to slow down and get comfortable with his sedentary side last year, he’s happy to back on the road at last. The Chronicle of the Horse caught up with him May 24, as he was en route to the airport, bound for Rome and the CSIO5* Nations Cup where he will continue his journey to earn a spot on the Tokyo Olympic team. Before he jetted off, he reflected on living life despite uncertain times, a pandemic Olympics, and his star mare Sapphire. [McClain Ward Reminisces & Ponders the Future]
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Video: Grace Conde sent us this helmet cam video she took with her Cambox V4 Pro. She is riding her 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, Kipper. “We are training for our first recognized Novice in a few weeks,” Grace says. You can follow them on Instagram at @gmceventing. Best of luck, Grace and Kipper!