Thursday Reader from Devoucoux

Lucinda Fredericks' hair is my favorite part of the jogs from Luhmuehlen.

Lucinda Fredericks’ hair is my favorite part of the jogs from Luhmühlen .

Happy Thursday, Eventing Nation! Today marks the first day of dressage for the very last WEG selection trial: Luhmühlen CCI4*! While our North American contingent may be small, they are both mighty and very determined. Thursday Dressage is only a half-day affair, beginning at 1:30 pm (7:30 am EST), but our very own Boyd Martin riding Otis Barbotiere is fourth out, at 1:54 (7:54 EST). Stay tuned for more coverage from Jenni and from our roaming Chinch, who are both in Germany on site.

Luhmühlen Links: [Website] [Entries] [Thursday Dressage Times[Friday Dressage Times]

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Events This Weekend:

Aspen Farms HT [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

Round Top HT [Omnibus Listing]

Silverwood Farm Spring HT [Website]

Valinor Farm HT [Website] [Entry Status]

Seneca Valley Pony Club Spring HT [Website] [Entry Status]

Full Gallop Farm June HT [Website]

Larkin Hill HT [Website]

Bucks County Horse Park HT [Website] [Entry Status]

Cabin Branch Event Series Lumber River HT [Website]

News From Around The Globe:

Team Boyd is in full force right now in Germany, with many of his syndicate members for both Otis and Shammie joining him for the competition. Syndicate member Fernanda Kellogg is on the scene with her camera, and currently taking over Boyd’s blog! Check out all these photos she took from yesterday. [Boyd, Otis, Shammie & Owners Take Over Luhmuehlen]

Looking for a last minute late June competition entry? Look no further! The Genesee Valley Hunt Horse Trials is accepting post entries until June 24. They offer Intro through Preliminary levels, and also have an OTTB series award. They are an awesome, laid back event with rolling terrain to help you get your groove going, so sign up now to prep for the fall season! [Genesee Valley HT]

As opposed to their human counterparts, horses seem to experience complete relaxation during birth. A recent study seems to show that mares experience no rise in stress hormones during the birth process, and don’t even show increased heart rates. While foals may weigh a lot more than human babies, the process of birth is much shorter, which might be part of the cause of this apparent relaxation. [Mares Relax During Birth]

If you’re competing alone this year, you gotta have all your ducks in a row before leaving for the show. Preparation is key, because nobody likes the last minute panic WHERE IS MY ARMBAND DEAR GOD WHERE CAN IT BE moment, especially when you’re holding on to your poor horse while also ravaging your trailer tack room. Check our Horse & Hound’s excellent tips on how to succeed at competing alone! [How To Compete Alone]

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