You know what they say: The early bird gets the worm. In this case, does the early horse get the Badminton trophy? We’ll know in just a few days time, but La Biosthetique Sam is all settled in and awaiting Michael Jung’s arrival from Lexington to get started on Badminton week! Jenni and Samantha will be our eyes on the ground this weekend, so keep it right here for much more from #MMBHT, because we just can’t stop the madness.
Events Opening This Week:
Great Vista Horse Trials (NY, A-1), Seneca Valley Pony Club Spring H.T. (MD, A-2), Feather Creek Farm H.T. (OK, A-5), Golden Spike H.T. (UT, A-9), Silverwood Farm Spring H.T. (WI, A-4), Full Gallop Farm June Horse Trials (SC, A-3), Bucks County Horse Park H.T. (PA, A-2)
Events Closing Today:
Kent School Spring H.T. (CT, A-1), Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (GA, A-3), Otter Creek Spring H.T. (WI, A-4), Hitching Post Farm Horse Trials (VT, A-1), CCC Spring Gulch H.T. (CO, A-9), Fair Hill International H.T. (MD, A-2), Jersey Fresh International Three-day Event (NJ, A-2)
News & Notes:
A total of 24 riders have been accepted off of the wait list for Badminton in anticipation of the big event this weekend. Sadly, crowd favorite Ben Hobday and Mulrys Error didn’t make it in. Nonetheless, it should be an exciting field and we look forward to following along this weekend. [24 Accepted Off Badminton Wait List]
As the weather gets warmer and the sun gets stronger, it’s time to really look at how the sun affects our horses. This helpful webinar on The Horse will give some tips on how to manage sun burn and photosensitivity, so be sure to sign up! [Protecting Horses from Suburn and Photosensitivity]
Let’s check in with this year’s crops of Rolex Rookies! The Chronicle of the Horse caught up with the riders who rocked around cross country for the first time this weekend, and you won’t want to miss out on what they said. [Catching Up with This Year’s Rolex Rookies]
While Rolex was happening to the East, the West had the only Novice Three-Day Event in Area VI happening at the Fresno County Horse Park. This is the first time the long format has been run there in recent memory. John Marshall, owner and organizer of the Fresno shows, calls it the Yellow Watch West show because he generously donates a yellow Optimum time watch to the winner of each division. It’s John’s way of making Rolex weekend fun for those still on the West coast.
Check out this video recap from our friends at Ride On Video!