Thursday News & Notes from Woof Wear

This is what happens when you loan your phone to Zach Brandt. Photo courtesy of Rachel McDonough.

This is what happens when you loan your phone to Zach Brandt. Photo courtesy of Rachel McDonough.

As Bromont dressage commences today, the most important question on your collective minds should be: Who will be streaking the Bromont sign this year? We already know that Jon Holling (2012 winner streaker) is on a whole new level, but because he went and busted his leg, he’s not in the running for the naked honor. Who will it be? I’m not revealing who I’m betting on, mostly because I like to play my cards close to my chest, but also because I have a sneaking suspicion that this year is going to be a bit of a surprise victory.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

GMHA June H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Gennessee Valley Driving & Riding Club Spring  H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Plantation Field H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

The Middleburg H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

River Glen June H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Roebke’s Run CCI/CIC & H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Texas Rose Horse Park Summer H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Copper Meadows CIC & H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Arrowhead H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Derbyshire Farms H.T.  [Website]

News From Around The Globe:

Wear purple this weekend in honor of Seema Sonnad. A movement has begun for those attending, volunteering, or competing at events this weekend to wear purple in honor of Seema, who suddenly passed away last week. Purple was Seema’s color for cross country, and she could often be seen sporting a purple polo while volunteering as well.

Genesee Valley Hunt Horse Trials is extending their closing date to June 16th. Offering Intro through Preliminary, Genesee Valley offers a great event in a beautiful setting, and a fun group of people running it too! The event is a wonderful prep for Stuart Horse Trials, as it is two weeks prior. Don’t miss the chance to enter! [Genesee Valley Hunt Horse Trials]

Hannah Sue Burnett has scored a really lovely young horse from England, and is very excited for his future. Cooley Dream Extreme, previously piloted by Piggy French, has just arrived at Hannah’s barn. Already he has an impressive resume, having won several Preliminary events in England, started his Intermediate career, finishing seventh at the British six-year-old championships before finishing 2014 with a third place at Le Lion D’Angers young horse championships. [Hannah Sue’s New Ride]

Because wild speculation is a thing, let’s talk about American Pharoah and his date with destiny on Saturday. As he has become the 14th horse in the past four decades to win the first two legs of the Triple Crown, do you think he can conquer the longest and hardest of the three, the Belmont Stakes? Only eleven horses in history have accomplished this goal, and none since Affirmed in 1978. AP drew post position number four yesterday morning, and he’s already the heavy 3-5 favorite for the race on Saturday. With only eight horses in the race, could we see history in the making? [American Pharoah Draws Number Four Post]

Ever wondered what it’s like to gallop a Shire on a race track? Horse & Hound’s Gary Ashton-Coulton took a hairy beast for a spin, and recorded the whole thing from the top. They look like they’re galloping in slow motion, but from the helmet cam it seems they’re covering quite a bit of ground! Hilarious to watch them try to gallop, I’m not even sure that a draft horse that big has a difference between canter and gallop. [Race Riding Draft Horses]

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Paul Tapner and Yogi Bear were 2nd last weekend at the Tattersalls CIC3* (after the show jumping is the xc helmet cam).