Thursday News & Notes Presented by Stable View

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If you enjoy your time this weekend competing at Stable View, don’t forget that you can always go back for incredible schooling opportunities! With use of the Boyd Martin, ETB Schooling Field at Stable View along with the adjacent New 320 x 250 Attwood Surfaces Arena for $100/horse, riders can use the excellent footing that’s available for Training level and beyond. Additionally, the new arena is set up with stadium jumps and a full court dressage arena.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Arrowhead H.T. (Billings, Mt.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Fox River Valley Pony Club H.T. (Barrington, Il.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Inavale Farm H.T. (Philomath, Or.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Summer H.T. (Leesburg, Va.) : [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Midsouth Pony Club H.T. (Lexington, Ky.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Stable View Summer H.T. and Area III Championships (Aiken, Sc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

Can’t get enough of the success of Mollie Summerland? Mollie’s ultimate dream was set aged just 11. Mollie’s mum has the proof – a hand-drawn poster announcing her aim of riding at the Olympics. Unlike many other childhood dreams that faded over time, Mollie’s is still firmly in place a decade on and her ambition shows no sign of waning. [Dream of a Lifetime]

Norman came all the way from Hungary to fulfill a young rider’s dream, but two colic surgeries and a deep digital tendon tear in two years seemed to threaten their life together. At the Aspen Farms Horse Trials recently, Madison Langerak rode her Normandy Kivalo to victory in the preliminary rider division, adding only cross-country time penalties to their dressage score of 23.3. While anyone would be proud of that result, the win was especially poignant considering that not only was it the pair’s first successful preliminary completion in two years, it also came after overcoming a series of challenges that threatened to end not just the horse’s career, but his life. [Norman Overcomes it All]

Taking lessons from McLain Ward can never be a bad thing, as he’s one of the most beautiful and successful riders in the world. His strong position and coordinated efforts of all his aids is what makes him so brilliant. Are your aids clear and independent of each other? Are you telling your horse conflicting or contradictory things at the same time? Maybe you are aware that you clash your aids but have difficulty avoiding it? Can you isolate and use different parts of your body?  [Independent and Effective Aids Start With a Strong Position]

Video: Aside from straight Grand Prix show jumpers, has there ever been a horse more fun to watch in flight than Mai Baum?