Thursday Reader from Devoucoux

Not horse related -- totally awesome anyway

Good morning Eventing Nation! Yesterday was the start of the Australian International Three Day Event, kicking off with the first horse inspection. Today the CCI2* does dressage, while the CCI4* division begins on Friday. While there are only 26 entrants in the 4* division, it still promises to be an exciting competition, and we’ll be here to keep you updated on the progress.

AI3DE Links: [Website] [Schedule] [CCI4* Entry List] [CCI2* Entry List]

Events This Weekend:

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

Full Moon Farm HT [Website] [Ride Times]

Las Cruces H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

River Glen Fall H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

The Fork H.T.  [Website]

Ocala Horse Properties Fall Event [Website] [Entry Status]

News from Around the Globe:

Our friends at Horse & Hound always know what’s up, and thus I give you: 8 Reasons Why Horses Are Better Than Men (And Dogs Are Better Than Women). Some samples? Horses are better than men because you can look up their performance records before you purchase them. Dogs are better than women because they agree that salad and vegetables are overrated. [8 Reasons Why]

After a stellar year, Nicola Wilson confirmed that the coming 17 year old Opposition Buzz will continue competing in 2014. The pair put down one of their best ever dressage tests this year at Burghley to score a 43.3 and proceeded to jump clean to finish 11th. Opposition Buzz has been a pathfinder for the British Team for the past four years, including two European Championships, WEG at Kentucky in 2010 and the London Olympics in 2012. He is well known for his exuberant and unique style of clearing everything by 2-3 feet. [Buzz To Keep Competing]

Draw reins have their fair share of drama following them around, and there are definitely folks who are a resounding NO when it comes to using them. However, in this interesting and informative article, Jimmy Wofford outlines the ways in which draw reins were designed to be used for good, and not abused. Even if you’re categorically against the use of draw reins, hear me out and read this article, and then get back to me. I think that, like anything powerful, draw reins can obviously do great harm in the wrong hands, but they also have their place in certain training situations. [A Good Teaching Tool Only If…]

Well, its officially winter because I’ve heard tell of winter jackets and scarfs as far down at Georgia. Speaking of winter jackets, I have a problem with them, and it’s a collecting problem. I’m addicted to jackets! I justify it by saying that I need multiple different ones for different occasions, and in order to keep them all clean I have to rotate…but it’s just pure addiction. One that I’ve put on my wish list for the holidays is the Dubarry Shaw Quilt Jacket, because not only is it stylish enough to wear as a “normal person” but it also is super warm and makes me look professional while riding in the bitter cold. SmartPak’s got your back. [Dubarry Shaw Quilt Jacket]


A bit of action from last year’s Adelaide CCI4*




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