Thursday Reader from Devoucoux

Who is this little girl and why is she mailing so many packages?? Photo courtesy of Earl & Jen McFall.

Who is this little girl and why is she mailing so many packages?? Photo courtesy of Earl & Jen McFall.

Yep, you guessed it! Above we have a  photo of Taylor McFall sending out her first huge shipment of Pony Puffs, as part of her enterprising spirit in raising money to buy her pony, Prince. If you haven’t read the story, go here to check out Sally’s full writeup on Taylor and Prince. And they say we aren’t creating gritty and determined kids these days…!

Speaking of determined kids, get ready for NAJYRC 2014! All the kids are at camp now, arriving early next week. The madness begins! We have a few really exciting guest bloggers signed up, but feel free to send us your pictures, funny stories, and any hilarious videos to [email protected]!

Events This Weekend:

Cosequin Stuart H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

37th Annual Whidbey Island H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

Champagne Run at the Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

Huntington Farm H.T. [Entry Status/Times]

Coconino Summer I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm I [Website] [Entry Status]

Powder Basin H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

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

Riga Meadow H.T. [Website]

News From Around The Globe:

Adventure de Kannan just became the first one-eyed horse to win the Hickstead Derby, but what about other one-eyed horses have been champions in other sports? What about Briarlands Blackberry, whom Izzy Taylor rode to the CCI4* level? Or the mare Material World, who competed as a high ranking hurdler until the age of ten? Horse & Hound gathers together some of the most well known one-eyed horses that were still winners. [One-Eyed Wonders]

Need a little more Yogi in your life? No, that’s not a misspelling, I do mean Yogi and not yoga! British Eventing Performance Manager Yogi Breisner is releasing a bunch of “how-to” videos, which you can find on the NAF Five Star Cross Country Training App, or you can look to our friends at Horse & Hound to break it down. Top Three: learn to change gears, execute effective turns, and be confident at combinations. [Yogi’s Top Cross Country Tips]

Want to win a Tipperary T2 helmet to call your own? In honor of Riders4Helmets International Helmet Awareness Day, our awesome sponsor Tipperary is giving one of these helmets away! Send us the story of why you #mindyourmelon, every ride every time, along with a photo of you rocking your helmet to [email protected].Please keep entries to 200 words or less and send them in no later than Monday, July 14 at 5 pm EST. [Tipperary T2 Helmet Contest]

The Maryland Horse Trials is still seeking many volunteers for both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. If you want to spend an educational day enjoying the sport of Eventing, this is your chance. The value of sitting with a dressage judge all day, or watching a hundreds of jumps, the value of volunteering is often underestimated. Plus, they give out great logo-wear! [Volunteer for MDHT Here]

If you’re heading to Stuart Horse Trials this weekend, don’t miss the FLAIR Equine Nasal Strips tent near the Secretary. A member of the FLAIR team will be on hand all Saturday, offering FREE nasal strip applications prior to cross country. All you have to do is come by the tent on your way out to cross country with your horse in tow, and they’ll expertly put a FLAIR strip on your horse. [Cross Country Like California Chrome]

Best of Blogs: “But I Wanted A Horse That Was Beginner Safe!”, also known as the note that I would like everyone who has ever thought of buying a horse to read. ALL people should read it.

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