Thursday News & Notes Presented by Stable View

Dressage in Austraya. Photo by Calico Pony.

Sweet, blessed rain came to Virginia this week after several weeks of concrete ground and wondering if we’d get a second cutting of hay this year. I never thought as a kid I would be happy for a rain day in the summer, but here I am, living the dream. Of course, now all my sensitive skinned thoroughbreds have hives because god forbid they get rained on, but you can’t have everything I suppose.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Aspen Farms H.T. (Yelm, Wa.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Bucks County Horse Park H.T. (Revere, Pa.): [Website]

Golden Spike H.T. (Ogden, Ut.) : [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. (Poolesville, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer] [Live Scores]

Queeny Park H.T. (St. Louis, Mo.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

River Glen June H.T. (New Market, Tn.) : [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Valinor Farm H.T. (Plymouth, Ma.): [Website] [Entry Status]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. (Woodland, Ca.) : [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Major International Events:

Bicton International (Devon, United Kingdom): [Website] [Schedule and Ride Times] [Scores] [Live Stream]

News From Around the Globe:

We know that the physically fitter we are, the better we ride – and the better our horses perform, but actually getting on and doing the exercise necessary rarely happens. Life is busy, and there are many demands on our time – particularly work, of course, be that in the saddle or behind a desk – and exercise often gets put to the bottom of the priority queue. Get fit with Will Faudree and follow his daily workout for hot tips on improving your riding. [Feeling Fit with Faudree]

Best of Blogs: Selecting A Team Isn’t An Easy Matter

The Fair Hill Organizing Committee, announced yesterday tickets for the inaugural Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill will go on sale Monday, June 14 at 10 a.m. EDT. Ticket information and purchasing options will be available at

Looking for a jump exercise to inspire you this weekend? Look no further than Doug Payne’s Oxers and Angles exercise from Practical Horseman. A great mental challenge for both horses and riders, the exercise here consists of an oxer with placing rails before and after it, followed by five strides to a vertical, then a wide turn to another oxer and a bending line to an angled in-and-out. Unless you and your horse are very experienced, introduce it one section at a time, repeating each step until it’s riding well before putting all the elements together. [Doug Payne’s Oxers & Angles]

Best of Blogs Part II: Controlling Your Emotions While Competing

Peter Wylde has a go at cross country: