Honestly, I love almost nothing more than a young horse with royal Eventing bloodlines, and as we so rarely have super successful 5* stallions, it’s not a common sighting! Some of you may remember Nicola Wilson’s lovely Beltane Queen, who won the British Open as well as finishing in the top 20 at Badminton in 2015, and very few of you will forget Chillie Morning, who won Badminton that same year. Above is their royal progeny, Beltane Chillie Prince (an apt name), a four-year-old of striking appearance and obvious talent!
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Ingrid Klimke is back in the saddle after her fall this spring, which resulted in serious injuries that put her out of commission for a while. She broke her collarbone, and it pressed back into her body cavity onto vital organs, and she could barely breathe, talk, or swallow for weeks. After surgery and 8 weeks recovery, she’s slowly getting back to it. With lots of physiotherapy, she’s able to ride two or three horses a day now, and is dipping her toes back into jumping and other activities with trusted horses like Bobby. [Ingrid Klimke On the Road to Recovery]
Tamie Smith and Mai Baum hardly need any introduction, but did you know that Lexus is also a graduate of the 2011 class of USEA Young Event Horses? Currently, Tamie has a string of upper-level event horses, most of which have graduated from the YEH program, including Mai Baum, Fleeceworks Royal, Ruth Bley’s Hanoverian gelding Danito (Dancier x Wie Musik), Linda Paine’s Thoroughbred gelding, Cheers (Blauer Vogel x Qtrapastree), and Valerie Ferraro’s Thoroughbred gelding, No App for That (Chelokee x No Approval). In this article, she provides helpful tips on preparing young event horses for the future. [YEH Training Tips with Tamie Smith]
We love this Equestrians of Color photography project. This week we meet Jovān Daniel, an ambitious and competitive young lady who competes in Hunter Jumpers with her mare, and also enjoys some very rad fashion. She speaks candidly about racism in the equestrian world, how she embraces her black culture while inhabiting a largely white world, and talks passionately about what she loves about horses. [Jovān Daniel: Equestrians of Color]
Full disclosure, I own the most prissy princess horse of all time. And he always protests loudly and thoroughly when anything isn’t to his liking, especially tack. That’s why I was so delighted (and honestly surprised) when he loved this VIP Saddle Pad that I got for a product review. If you have a prissy princess, or just fancy some seriously scientific impact protection for your horse’s back, you gotta check it out. [VIP Saddle Pad Satisfies My Picky Horse]
Novice winner at Millbrook!