Thursday Reader from Devoucoux

Awesome storm chaser photo by Chris Talley.

Awesome storm chaser photo by Chris Talley.

Yesterday was one of the most brutally hot days that I’ve had to deal with in quite some time. Topped off with some crazy lightening storms….it was weird to say the least. Here in VA, the summer is, well, pretty unbearable at times. You would think with our centrally located geographical location that it wouldn’t be that bad, but the humidity is so god-awful that you feel like you’re melting. Yesterday, the heat index was 109, I rode six horses, taught one lesson, and then, like a total maniac, decided to go running for 30 minutes. When I licked my lips, it was just like tasting a mineral salt block. Gross! My end of the day goal from now on is to go inside and be actively cold for at least an hour. Bring on the AC and the fans!

Events This Weekend:

South Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

News From Around The Globe:

Big things are happening at the USEF, as British equestrian performance director Will Connell has announced that he’s leaving BEF after the WEG, and coming to the USEF. Will has been instrumental in creating the UK Sport National Lottery-funded World Class program. He was also the team leader for the equestrian sports at the last 3 Olympics and chef de mission at the 2006 and 2010 World Equestrian Games. [Will Connell Moves To USEF]

There is almost nothing I enjoy more than pictures of famous riders when they were itty bitty and propped up on a pony. Horse & Hound collected a great number of amazing photos of top European riders when they were hilariously just like us, and approximately five years of age. You have to check it out. [Top Riders When They Were Young]

Do you have some epic tan lines? Do you attach a mister to your helmet just to keep yourself somewhat cool? Show us exactly how hot you are for a chance to win an Ovation Cool Rider Shirt!Snap a funny and creative photo and send it to [email protected] no later than TODAY at 4pm EST.

If you’re looking to book a clinic with a CCI4* eventer, Daniel Clasing is in the process of filling up his fall schedule! Dan is known for his ability to start young horses, and bring them all the way up the levels himself, and is available to teach at your farm or his. [Dan Clasing Eventing]

Does a training question have you stumped? Don’t know a polo wrap from a turnout blanket? Our newest advice columnist on Bloggers Row is a well known face in the eventing world and is ready to dish out some advice from “Behind the Mic.” If you have a question for our advice guru, email [email protected] — humorous questions welcome as you can expect humorous answers! 

Check out this cool slow motion video of Lynn Symansky and Donner show jumping at Jersey, courtesy of The Horse Pesterer!

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