Thursday News & Notes from Ecovet

Oratorio “Rio” looking relaxed for his flight to Kentucky! Photo via Fox Pitt Eventing.

This time next week, you’ll all be waking up to the start of the first day of the Land Rover Kentucky Three Day Event. While traditionally Thursday dressage isn’t the most anticipated day of competition, we’re all so starved for some 5* action worldwide, I have a feeling that we’ll all be glued to our livestreams for the entire four days. The foreign horses just started their flights yesterday, and it’s beginning to feel really serious! Stay tuned for our incredible first-ever EN Ultimate Form Guide to Kentucky…you’re not even going to know what hit ya when you see it.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Ocala International Festival of Eventing: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

F.E.N.C.E. H.T.: [Website] [Entries]

Holly Hill H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Show Photographer]

Longleaf Pine H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Show Photographer] [Volunteer]

Sporting Days Farm April III H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Show Photographer] [Volunteer]

Unionville H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Show Photographer] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

Have you shopped EN’s 2nd Annual Virtual Village yet? New deals are dropping daily through this Saturday, April 17, and there are some really great discounts available that you won’t want to miss out on. Click here to shop today’s deals.

As we are full steam ahead into Kentucky next week, we’re looking forward to bringing you our famous EN coverage in a whole new way. Early next week, we’ll be launching the first-ever EN Ultimate Form Guide to Kentucky, available as a download for a small fee. We’re also launching the LRK3DE Daily Digest (click here to sign up – it’s free!), a daily email sent out early each morning during competition full of coverage links, predictions, giveaways/contests, and more. Finally, it’s a great time to become an EN Patreon supporter – we’ll be doing some exclusive content in our private Facebook group just for Patrons all week long.

The USEF has announced that as of May 3rd, competitions will be allowed to welcome a limited number of spectators back to equestrian sports. Outdoor facilities will be allowed to have 40% of ticketed spectators or 400 people, and indoor events will be allowed to have 30% or 300 people, whichever number is greater. [USEF Changes Spectator Rules]

What kind of Olympic fan are you? Silly question, an equestrian fan! This simple questionnaire from NBC Sports helps you vote for more equestrian coverage, so everyone do it! Also you’re entered to win some Olympic prizes, so that’s cool. [Equestrian Olympics FTW]

Get to know Sydney Elliott’s 5* entry, QC Diamantaire. Q might not fulfill the requirements of fire breathing dragon that is usually expected at the upper levels, but having a mellow and quiet personality works just fine for him. What doesn’t work for him is having his head bathed in any way, so good thing he’s not grey! [Behind the Stall Door with QC Diamantaire]

Ecovet really is the shiz. Don’t believe me? Check out this not sponsored, totally honest blog and review from one user who tried it and realized it was a game changer. [Fly Spray That Actually WORKS!]