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Great jumping technique! Photo by Amy Morris.

I picked up a new project pony this week, which is possibly my most favorite thing in the world. He belongs to the racing stable where I get all my OTTB’s, and he was a special favorite of theirs, so they sent him to me to see what he would like to do as a second career. He is brown with no markings (just how I like them), has a tiny head, and his name is Beep. So all of these characteristics mean it’s meant to be. Yesterday he accompanied me to the arena (which he thought was a very strange race track) and helped me teach a lesson. He found it all intriguing, and I can tell he’s very intelligent and happy to have attention and a job again after six months in the field!

U.S. Weekend Preview

The Fork at TIEC (Tryon, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Chattahoochee Hills International H.T. (Fairburn, Ga.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

CDCTA Spring H.T. (Berryville, Va.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Pine Hill Spring H.T. (Bellville, Tx.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Major International Events

Strzegom Spring Open CCI4*-S (Poland): [Website] [Sunday XC Live Stream]

News From Around the Globe:

Winning one’s third attempt at a novice horse trials is a feat, but even more so when it happens on another person’s horse just two months after being introduced to the sport. For Sierra Lesny, who topped a field of 21 to win the senior novice rider division at the Rocking Horse Spring Horse Trials, April 1-3 in Altoona, Florida, the victory was the culmination of a winter of training and learning.Lesny, 25, is this year’s recipient of Strides for Equality Equestrians’ (SEE) Ever So Sweet scholarship, which allowed her to spend the winter training with eventing professional Sara Kozumplik at her Ocala, Florida, location. [Winner of the Week]

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Numerous horses headed to Badminton Horse Trials enjoyed a prep run at Thoresby last weekend, including the top three in the Lycetts Grantham Cup CCI4*-S – Brookfield Inocent (Piggy March), Cola III (Bubby Upton) and London 52 (Laura Collett). If you’d like to see some Badminton-bound horses stretching their legs, check out these Thoresby Park Horse Trials pictures. [Badminton Bound]

The USEA is excited to announce that coach applications are now being accepted for the 2022 USEA Emerging Athlete 21 program. Three coaches will be selected for the EA21 program for the regional clinics, one coach per region. The coaches should be able to instruct Young Riders competing at the Modified through Intermediate levels of eventing. [USEA EA21 Coach Search]

British team gold medallist and five-star event winner Gemma Tattersall has jumped and been placed in her first showjumping ranking grands prix, on a pocket-rocket mare who is “almost human” in her intelligence. Gemma rode Isabel Fox’s MGH Candy Girl to 10th place in her first ranking grand prix on 20 March, then came third in the 1.45m grand prix on 27 March, at CSI Lier in Belgium. [Eventing Superstar Tries Out Show Jumping]