I’m leaving the frosty forests of Minnesota for Aiken this morning, and resolved to pull an all-nighter to prepare for my trip. Fueled by caffeine and blueberry muffins, my mind is currently zipping along at warp speed, with very little in the way of focus. Like the millennial I am, I made a self-deprecating post on Facebook, which spurred the following comments from other EN writers. Ladies and gentlemen, let it be known that caffeine and alcohol are the official nectars of Eventing Nation writers.
Events Opening Today: Fair Hill International H.T. (MD, A-2), Longleaf Pine H.T. (NC, A-2), CDCTA Spring Horse Trials II (VA, A-2), River Glen Spring H.T. (TN, A-3), Sporting Days Farm Horse Trials III (SC, A-3), Heart of the Carolinas 3-Day Event (SC, A-3), Holly Hill Spring H.T. (LA, A-5), St. Johns H.T. (AZ, A-10)
News and Notes:
Do you have a Horse of a Different Color? One of the most wonderful aspects of this sport is its diversity, from ponies to draft horses and everything in between. Eventing Nation is looking for stories to feature in our “Horse of a Different Color” series! If you own or ride a horse or pony that has been successful in the sport of eventing while representing a unique breed, email [email protected].
Attend Boyd and Phillip’s Aiken Masterclass: Join eventing legends Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin at Stable View in Aiken on Tuesday, March 10 from 6:30-8 p.m. for an evening of “some teaching, some history, some commentary, some Q&A and some fun!” Watch Phillip and Boyd showcase their top mounts Icabad Crane, Mr. Medicott, Neville Bardos and Shamwari. Admission is $25 or $10 for riders 18 and under. Beer, wine and cheese will be available for spectators with a donation; proceeds from this masterclass will benefit Aiken Equine Rescue and Aiken Horse Park Foundation. For more information, contact [email protected]. [Boyd and Silva Martin: Inaugural Phillip and Boyd Aiken Masterclass]
Best of the Blogs: Join Doug Payne as he recaps DPEquestrian’s prolific weekend at the March Madness Jumper Show and Sporting Days Farm Horse Trials, including wins with Jimmy Choo, Confire la Pomme and Absaluut Annabelle. Doug also discusses the exciting plans for his new farm in Rougemont, NC; we can’t wait to see and hear more about it! [DPEquestrian Blog: Making the Most of Opportunities in Aiken]
Fifteen horses survive Boston barn collapse: After recordbreaking snowfalls in Massachusetts caused barns and arenas to collapse under the weight over over 7 feet of snow, this is one disaster that fortunately did not end in tragedy. A Norwell barn, located southeast of Boston, was discovered on Monday morning with a collapsed roof. Fortunately, all fifteen horses survived with only a few minor injuries. Five of the horses escaped the barn themselves, and the remainder were assisted by firefighters and the Plymouth County Technical Rescue Team. [Horsetalk]
Purses and wallets stolen from cars parked at horse farms: Even though the equestrian world is a tight-knit community largely comprised of friends and family, this case from Suffolk County, New York serves as a reminder to lock your cars and secure your valuables when you go to ride. Andre Berube was charged with six counts of fourth-degree grand larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property after his arrest; he is thought to have stolen purses, wallets, and other belongings from unlocked cars parked at various barns in the area. [27 East: Blue Point Man Charged in Purse Snatchings at Horse Farms]
Irish National Championships to be held July 11-12: The inaugural Eventing Ireland National Championships will be a wonderful opportunity for riders to showcase their hard work this summer. Held at Ballindenisk, the weekend format will feature dressage and stadium jumping on Saturday the 11th, followed by cross-country on Sunday the 12th. [Farming Life: Eventing Ireland Announces Inaugural National Championships]