Last week, everything in my part of Virginia was brown and crispy and I wondered if I would ever see green stuff ever again. Then, the holiest of rainstorms blew through, and it’s rained a little bit every day, and even though it’s revoltingly humid and sweaty outside, I’ve never been more thankful. The grass is green again, and nobody feels the same kind of joy about green grass as horse people after a draught, let me tell you.
Don’t forget, tickets are still on sale for Great Meadow International to come and spectate — you can purchase yours here. If you’re not local, the live stream of the CCI4*-S and CCI3*-S will be carried on H&C+.
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The USEA ICP Committee announced the return of the USEA ICP Symposium, which will be held on February 8 – 9, 2022 at Barnstaple South in Ocala, Florida. This year’s clinicians will include ICP Faculty members: Mary D’Arcy, Phyllis Dawson, Jim Graham, Eric Horgan, Dayna Lynd-Pugh, David and Karen O’Connor, Mark Phillips, Jerry Schurink, and Robin Walker. Additional speakers/presenters will be announced in the future. The 2022 Symposium will follow the traditional symposium format of instruction of dressage, show jumping, and cross-country, at all levels. New this year will be the introduction of the nationwide standards for each competition level, basics of sports psychology, teaching to all learning modalities, and essential coaching knowledge. [ICP Symposium Returns for 2022]
Hot Off The Presses: Great Meadow International Fast Facts
The illustrious dressage stallion Sandro Hit has died aged 28, after suffering from an infection. Sandro Hit died at the Schockemöhle stallion station in Germany, where he has been based throughout his life. Sandro Hit’s influence on dressage breeding cannot be underestimated – he can be credited as being behind a whole dynasty of modern dressage horses. He has more than 200 licensed sons, and was himself world champion and bundeschampion as a six-year-old under Ulf Möller. His bloodlines even entered the eventing world, and our equestrian world will be a little dimmer without him. [RIP Sandro Hit]
Best of Blogs: Things I Saw In Tokyo That Will Inspire Me Forever
Professional grooms definitely have the craziest inside stories of the equestrian world. However, some stories from top grooms are more ridiculous than others. Most of these stories are concerned with traveling to very important events and having absurd travel complications with big time horses, and a few remembrances of long format insanity running from steeplechase to the ten-minute box. [It Shouldn’t Have Happened But…]
Video: Safety devices were devised in the 1930s. What took us so long to bring them to this time?