Tuesday News and Notes from Cavalor

Mike Pindleton falls off his mount on purpose to demonstrate how an air jacket works. Photo by Cindy Lawler Mike Pindleton falls off his mount on purpose to demonstrate how an air jacket works. Photo by Cindy Lawler

Its not every day you see someone “fall” off their horse on purpose. This past weekend those that attended “Eventing with the Stars” at Windura witnessed this first hand as Mike Pindleton demonstrated to the audience how a properly functioning air vest works. Mike walked away with out a scratch which showed how incredibly important rider safety is in our sport. A part of this symposium highlighted Olympic rider’s thoughts on eventing safety.

Events Opening Today:  Waredaca H.T. and Classic 3 Day Event (MD, A-2),  The Event at Skyline (UT, A-9),  Radnor Hunt H.T.(PA, A-2),  Las Cruces H.T. (NM, A-10),  Paradise Farm H.T. (SC, A-3),  ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. at the Horsepark (NJ, A-2),  Middle Tennessee Pony Club Horse Trials (TN, A-3),  FEH Championships at Loch Moy Farm (MD, A-2),  The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm (MD, A-2),  Course Brook Farm Fall Horse Trials (MA, A-1),  Heritage Park H.T. (KS, A-4),  Greenwood Farm Inc. Fall H.T. (TX, A-5),  FEH Qualifier at Loch Moy Farm (MD, A-2)

Events Closing This Week:  Dunnabeck H.T. (IL, A-4),  Flying Cross Farm H.T. (KY, A-8),  GMHA September Horse Trials (VT, A-1), King Oak Farm Fall H.T. (MA, A-1),  Feather Creek H.T. (OK, A-5),  Bucks County Horse Park Fall H.T. (PA, A-2),  Poplar Place Farm September H.T. (GA, A-3),  Area IX Championships & CCC Fall H.T. (CO, A-9), The Event at Santa Fe (NM, A-10)

Tuesday News and Notes:

Ocala Jockey Club Plans for New Cross Country Course. The Ocala Jockey Club is teaming up with EquiVentures to design and build a cross country course on the club’s 950-acre grounds. With help from course designer Mike Etherington-Smith and Richard Jeffery to oversee the construction of the course and stadium arena. Hopes are high to host a competition next year. [Big plans for new Florida horse trials event]

Congratulations to this month’s C4 Color Love challenge! We received some really great photos for our blue theme this month, and Ashley Harvey is the voted winner of a brand new C4 belt! Congratulations, Ashley! [#C4ColorLove Challenge

Calling all bareback riders! Chatt Hills is hosting a Bareback Puissance at its August Horse Trials, and today is the last day to enter! The Puissance will be held on Saturday, August 29 and $500 is up for grabs to the winner. [Chatt Hills Bareback Puissance]

Area II Young Riders is Looking for Help. The Area II Council is searching for one or more coordinators to help our Young Riders continue their winning streak. The perspective coordinator, along with Chris Donovan (Area II YRAP coordinator) , will work closely with Sinead Halpin, our Young Rider Coach, who has signed on for another 3 year stint. If you are interested or know someone who you think would be just perfect in this role, please send Duncan MacRae an email with your information. Please remember this is a volunteer position. [[email protected]]

Was He in The Way, Or Not? Upon the conclusion of Cian O’Connor’s jump round at the European Championships, Cian and the Irish team lodged a protest with the Ground jury. They claimed that between fence 10 and 11 a member of the jump crew interfered with his line to fence 11. After review the FEI released a statement saying that “The protest was heard by the Ground Jury, who ruled that as the athlete had continued his round, they saw no reason to stop him by ringing the bell.” What do you think? [What do you Think?]

Eventing With The Stars a Success. People came from near and far to attend “Eventing With The Stars” hosted by Boyd Martin and Phillip Dutton at beautiful Windurra USA. Silva Martin, Emma Ford, and Icabad Crane were part of this amazing event. Even the gold medals from the Pan Am Games made an appearance during the meet and greet. [Eventing with the Stars: A Raging Success]

Tuesday Video Break:

Take a look at Buck Davidson riding his dressage test aboard Ballynoe Castle RM at Richland Park Horse Trials CIC 3*