Happy Thursday, Eventing Nation! Today begins the dressage at the Jaguar Land Rover Bromont International, and we have Leslie on hand to bring you all the action from our favorite Canadian competition. We’ve got 45 horses in the CCI1*, 24 in the CCI2* and 25 in the CCI3* (check out my preview here). Lots of riders are looking for redemption in the CCI3*, and the competition is fierce.
Events This Weekend:
Derbyshire Farms H.T. [Website]
News From Around The Globe:
The FEI Tribunal hearing in London is over for Australia’s Kevin McNab and New Zealand’s Jock Paget. The hearing started at 9am and didn’t let out until 6pm, and will continue tomorrow. As there is no question that the drug was in the horses, they now have to prove how the drug got into the horse, and then consequently prove that it was not their fault. The two riders could face a minimum of a two-year ban from competition, and have not competed all year. [Jock Paget FEI Drug Hearing]
Do you want to write for EN? Enter the Fourth EN Annual Blogger Contest for a chance to join the team that brings you your daily eventing fix. Round 1 entries are due Monday, June 9, at 8 p.m. EST. [How to enter]
Everyone is dying to have a Triple Crown winner, and comparisons between California Chrome and other magnificent chestnuts are inevitable. However, not since Affirmed in 1978 have we seen a winner. In 1998, Real Quiet came about as close as you can, only losing the Belmont by a nose. While there are thousands of thoroughbred racehorses to win every year, there are only about 210 that win three grade I stakes, and California Chrome is now one of those, with his Preakness win. Take a look back at the Triple Crown legacy in this excellent article. [Waiting, and Waiting, for Crowning Glory]
Do you have or know of an awesome Thoroughbred that deserves to have his or her story told? If so, you should check out the EN series Thoroughbred Legends, presented by Cosequin. We love sharing the stories of the horses that have helped us along the way, so if you have one to share please email Sally at [email protected].
Important development: horses can play guitar!