Wow you guys I am so so so excited to see so many American riders contesting Burghley this year! It’s gotta be a record amount, and it’s so amazing. It’s such a huge effort for each pair to get a horse and rider and the whole team over seas and be prepared for an incredible event like Burghley, I’m just in awe of each one of them. I’ll be tuned in hardcore to the action all week, and nobody ask me to do anything on Saturday because I’ll be busy glued to my livestream.
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Get to know our honorary American rider at Burghley, Dom Schramm! Dom and Boly made their 5* debut this spring at Kentucky but unfortunately incurred some cross country penalties, and they’re at Burghley looking for some redemption. Fun fact: Boly got his name because as a foal he was quite short and fat, a bit roly-poly Boly, but now he’s big and handsome and very fit! [Burghley First Timers]
Charlotte DuJardin might be the reigning Dressage Queen of the world, but she’s not afraid to take a day off and jump some hedges. How many dressage riders can say that?! She went for a quick pop around some show jumps and then went straight to some sizable hedges at Tim Price’s yard with her friend Rory Gilsenan, and despite her slightly long stirrups (old habits die hard) she does a very impressive job! Don’t worry, videos are included. [Charlotte Goes Hedge Hopping]
Good news following Kevin Babington’s surgery. Kevin came through his five hour surgery to stabilize the vertebrae in his neck following a nasty fall at the Hampton Classic Horse Show last week. He is currently out of his neck collar and breathing on his own, which is great news. Kevin is an incredibly generous and kind person, and many have stories of him helping in a variety of ways. His family has set up a GoFundMe to help with the astounding medical costs, already upwards of $300,000. [Kevin Babington Out of Surgery]
Every rider’s nightmare: a SKUNK ATTACK! Sara Bradley lived to tell the tale where not only did a skunk invade her barn and lay waste to everything, but one of her horses stomped it to death in their stall. It was only 6:30 in the morning on a Monday, and her lovely older lesson horse was a murderer, and the barn was stinking to high heaven. Read more to find out about literally the worst Monday in history. [The Skunk Debacle]
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Video: One of the coolest ponies in the game! Meg Pellegrini and Ganymede came east from California to contest the AEC and finished 11th in the Preliminary Junior/Young Rider Championship.