Thursday Reader from Devoucoux

Just another day chez Samuels: smiling classes! Just another day chez Samuels: smiling classes!

Happy Thursday, Eventing Nation! We’ll have our eye on all the action at Ocala Horse Properties and Twin Rivers this weekend, where key pairs are getting in some final runs before Rolex. Twelve horses are entered in the Advanced combined test in Ocala, including Rolex-bound pairs Michael Pollard and Mensa, Jon Holling and Zatopek B, Dana Widstrand and Relentless Pursuit, Buck Davidson and Park Trader, and Kristin Schmolze and Ballylaffin Bracken. Keep it locked on EN all weekend!

Events This Weekend:

Twin Rivers HT:  [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

Plantation Field HT: [Website] [Entry Status] [Times]

Ocala Horse Properties International 3-Day Event [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

FENCE H.T. [Website]

St. Johns H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

Pine Hill Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

News From Around The Globe:

Liz Halliday-Sharp with HHS Cooley and Doug Payne with Crown Talisman have been awarded Land Rover competition grants for the Saumur CCI3*, May 22-25. Both horses completed their first CCI3* last fall and had very strong springs, making them good choices for the grant. [USEF]

Tredstep Ireland + Eventing Nation + Rolex Kentucky = Pure Magic. The EN cross country tailgate is going to be bigger and better than ever this year, with the help of Tredstep Ireland. Both EN and Tredstep will have swag available, raffles for winning awesome stuff from both parties, and even the chance to win the new Da Vinci Stretch tall boots! Did I hear rumors of a dunk tank too?? Hmmm…..[Party In The Middle]

Sadly, Hickstead’s Eventing Grand Prix has been cancelled this year. The annual event where show jumpers and eventers alike take on a derby course of some of Hickstead’s most famous obstacles is not happening this year because riders are required to go outside of the main arena to complete the course, and spectators inside would be unable to follow the action. The Hickstead Eventing Grand Prix has been won by the likes of Pippa Funnell, Michael Whitaker, Andrew Nicholson, and Lucinda Fredericks. [Hickstead Eventing Grand Prix Cancelled]

Sometimes horses have crazy markings, and you think it’s all photoshopped. And then again, sometimes nature just goes wild with the paintbrush and gives you a magical looking horse. Have you ever seen a black horse with a white tail? Yep, they’ve got one of those here. Check out Horse & Hound’s list of 21 horses you’ll have to see to believe. [21 Fake Looking Horses]

Help Young Rider Sarah Braun with the cost of her Young Rider mount’s colic surgery. Sarah’s mount Candy, who carried her to a team gold medal at the NAJYRC, underwent colic surgery on March 1. Sarah’s insurance is only covering a portion of the costs, and she is seeking donations to help her cover some of Candy’s remaining expenses. Best wishes to Candy and Sarah as they go through the recovery and rehab process together. [Candy’s Surgery Fundraiser]

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