Last year, I attended my very first Burghley, and it was just as amazing as you can imagine. The grounds are incredible, the jumps are freaking enormous, and the event has a HUGE shopping complex that I can’t even describe. The experience of a CC4* in England really can’t be matched, as it’s not just horse people, but all people who come out to enjoy it.
I was lucky enough to have good weather all week, and cross country day in particular was a delightful frenzy of taking pictures, running back and forth from jumps to the mix area to interview riders, and cheering as American riders went past me. Ugh, now I’ve made myself nostalgic and I want to go back!
U.S. Weekend Preview:
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News From Around The Globe:
He’s won Burghley five times already, but it’s his favorite event, and he’d like to make it a round six wins. Who’s that? Sir Mark Todd of course! Thirty-six years ago he galloped around the course for the first time, and he’s back again this year. Now, at age 59, Todd rides about eight horses a day, and has his eyes set on Rio 2016. Then perhaps a second retirement for the horseman of the century? [Mark Todd Returns to Burghley]
Tufts Cummings School of veterinary medicine is working on brand new equine leg-wear technology that could drastically change the way we manage and treat sporting injuries. With all horse disciplines, tendon and ligament injuries are the most common and most dramatic for competition horses. Cummings School and Rhode Island based HOSSO Inc are developing support leg-wear that limits the range of motion in the fetlock joint during exercise, which means it reduces the stress on a tendon or ligament injury, and enables rehabilitative exercise earlier. This could also be used during competition to prevent injury by decreasing the horse’s ability to overextend the fetlock. More research is needed, but the idea seems promising. [Tufts Proposes New Sport Horse Rehab Boots]
Land Rover is premiering some pretty fancy new technology for trailering horses this weekend at Burghley. Their new camera system for horse trailers features a rear camera on the back of the trailer to help with backing, a system of cameras that eliminate the blind spots while traveling, and an app that allows you to check on motion, temperature and live feed of the horse inside the trailer. Here’s the real question, Land Rover, can you give this to us big old American rig drivers with our dually trucks and six horse goosenecks? [Video: Land Rover Horse Hauling Technology]
Want to win two of the best Eventing books available? Here’s your chance to get your hands on Modern Eventing by Phillip Dutton and World Class Grooming by Emma Ford and Cat Hill! FLAIR is having a contest, running through September 19th to give away these two AMAZING books (I have both and love them to pieces) to a lucky winner. Entering the contest is easy and pain free, check out the link for more information. [FLAIR Nasal Strips Contest]
Spots are still open in the Lucinda Green Clinic at Loch Moy Farm in October! Held over two days, October 15th and 16th, there are slots in Novice Rider, Beginner Novice, and Training/Prelim available. If you’ve never had the chance to learn cross country from a legend, this is a good opportunity! Lucinda is amazing, and knows her cross country like no other rider. [Lucinda Green Cross Country Clinic]