I took my young horse cross country schooling this past weekend because the weather and the footing were ridiculously nice, and let’s just say he remembered what it was all about. The last time he did any cross country was Modified at Virginia Horse Trials in October, and as soon as I got on him this weekend, he started jigging and dancing sideways all the way out to the field. He’s always thought of himself as a five-star horse, and a chill winter working on dressage clearly hasn’t taken away his enthusiasm for the fun part.
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Doug Payne is fresh off a win in a Grand Prix showjumping class, and ready for more glory at the Mars Eventing Showcase this weekend. He’s bringing the old campaigner, Vandiver, as well as his young talent, Quantum Leap. He’s had Quinn in his barn for many years now, and the pair have competed with great success at several CCI5*’s, while Q is just nine years old, but has been with Doug since he was a weanling. Keep an eye on that one, he’s competitive! [Wellington Showcase: Doug Payne]
How do the best in the business in England transform racehorses to sporthorses? Gillian Carlisle is the chief executive of the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre (BTRC) and highlighted three vital stages to transforming an former racehorse — rehabilitation, retrain and rehome. She details the particulars of each phase in this article with H&H, and it’s definitely worth reading if you’re into OTTBs. [Transforming Racehorses]
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A little flashback to Wellington Showcase 2017: