Thursday Reader from Devoucoux

Happy Thursday, Eventing Nation! Today marks the official beginning of Boekelo CCI3* in Enschede, The Netherlands. Jenni is on the scene and will be bringing us news updates and photos as soon as they happen, which is what Eventing Nation is all about: coverage you can’t get anywhere else!  Elizabeth Halliday-Sharp and Fernhill By Night will be the first U.S. pair to perform their dressage test, going today at 2:49pm local time (8:49am ET). Lauren Kieffer and Veronica will go on Friday at 11:55am local time, followed by Martin and Trading Aces at 4:18pm local time.

Boekelo Links: [Homepage] [Entries] [Schedule] [Results]

Events This Weekend:

Greenwood Farm Inc. Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Colorado Horse Park Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Grass Ridge H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Radnor Hunt H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm [Website] [Entry Status]

Middle Tennessee Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Course Brook Farm Fall H.T. [Website] [

Fall Horse Trials at the Ark [Website]

Pine Top October HT [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

News From Around The Globe:

Incredible artist Beth Munnings-Winter has donated a personalized oil painting to raise funds for Amy Barrington. You can purchase a $5 raffle ticket (or 6 for $20) to be entered in the drawing for a 16×20 oil painting on canvas of one of your animals. All proceeds will go directly to Amy’s medical bills. [Munnings Art Donation]

Ireland just opened a new National Horse Sport Arena, to be enjoyed by all Irish equestrians.  The arena will give Irish equestrian athletes access to world-class facilities which have been developed in accordance with the High Performance training needs of equestrian riders and under the technical guidance of Horse Sport Ireland and its affiliate bodies. [Irish National Horse Sport Arena]

British Eventing reports that rising costs of production are requiring increased entry fees. Luckily, they are also looking into ways to increase prize money to help riders cope with the bigger bills. BE is also considering a refund policy, one which I personally wish the USEA would also think about. [BE Entry Costs Rising]

There’s a new craze in London: horse bikes! It’s a horse…it’s a bike….it’s a rocking chair?? It’s all three, in fact. Combine your fuzzy rocking horse with your best bike for beating the traffic, and you’re right in style in the British capitol. [Horse Bikes Are The Wheel Deal]

I pulled out one of my blankets yesterday to use in the newly chilly weather, and UGH it smelled SO BAD. I thought I had diligently washed all of my turnout blankets last spring when I put them all away, but I guess this one didn’t get it’s due time in the washing machine. Luckily, I was able to throw it in there with some Rambo Blanket Wash, specially formulated to clean but not remove the water resistant qualities of your turnouts. My SmartPak pick of the week is this stuff….can’t live without it! [Rambo Blanket Wash]





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