And just like that, we slid right into the hot hot summer in Virginia. While some are happy to be competing again, I’m waiting until fall, because I absolutely abhor the heat in Virginia. In fact, I’ve rearranged my daily schedule so that I get up extra early to start riding before the sun comes up, and finish by lunch, and then take an indoor siesta before commencing afternoon chores. Worth the early alarms, 10/10 would recommend!
National Holiday: National Corn On The Cob Day🌽
U.S. Weekend Preview:
News From Around the Globe:
The Virginia Gold Cup is slated to run June 27th, without spectators. Personally partial to this event, as it runs every May in Virginia on the same weekend as the Kentucky Derby. However, it was canceled due to coronavirus, and luckily they’ve been able to reschedule. We will all miss the opportunity to tailgate though! [Virginia Gold Cup Rescheduled]
The 52 Thoroughbreds: a social media story destined never to die. However, the story was originally true in 2011, and some of those 52 now have incredibly fulfilling lives and loving owners! Mayzie was pregnant at the time, and Horse Nation got to know her story. [Mayzie: One of the 52]
Help a good event out! Millbrook Horse Trials is always one of the top competitions of the year, and fingers crossed, we will still get to enjoy it. They’re planning to hold the event in August, but they need you to fill out a quick questionnaire to guesstimate attendance. It only takes a few minutes. [Millbrook Questionnaire]
Best of Blogs: The Spectrum of Discomfort
What We’re Listening To: In episode #259 of the USEA Podcast, Sinead Halpin joins Nicole Brown to talk about the boxes you need to check for a successful return to competition. [Listen]
Watch This: Remember Tender Bravissimo? Courtney Cooper imported “Whiskers,” an 11-year-old Holsteiner (Contendro II x Lassandra, by Levantos 2) from Ireland, where he had been competing in the 1.10 jumpers, and introduced him to a second career as an eventer. The pair collected several wins, including the 2016 USEA AEC Training Horse Championship, and progressed up the levels to Intermediate. Now Whiskers has returned to the jumper ring — looking great out there!
Go Whiskers Go!
Always love to see our graduates going great! Whiskers 5th today at Tryon International Equestrian Center equestrian in the 1.3 meter speed class!