We hope you had a warm, relaxing Memorial Day with your loved ones. This weekend, Area IV had a special treat, as Jonathan Holling trekked up north for a clinic at Otter Creek Farm in Wheeler, Wisconsin. This clinic was hosted by the Area IV Young Riders, and covered both stadium and cross-country jumping. Ingvill Ramberg of Hugo, MN writes, “Jonathan’s main focus throughout the weekend was balance, rhythm, straightness, and appropriate speed towards all the different questions that were presented. For sure a great clinic and would do this again!” She and Johnny’s Private Collection (Jamie), her Irish Sport Horse, tackled the beginner novice courses; they hope to move up to novice this season.
Thanks, for sharing, Ingvill! Best of luck to you and Jamie.
Events Opening Today: ENYDCTA/Old Chatham H.T. (New York, A-1), Cosequin Stuart H T. (New York, A-1), Huntington Farm H.T. (Vermont, A-1), Riga Meadow H.T. (Connecticut, A-1), The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm I (Maryland, A-2), Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (Georgia, A-3), Roebke’s Run H.T. (Minnesota, A-4), 38th Annual Whidbey Island H.T. (Washington, A-7), Event at Rebecca Farm (Montana, A-7), Champagne Run at the Park H.T. (Kentucky, A-8), Powder Basin H.T. (Wyoming, A-9), Coconino Summer I H.T. (Arizona, A-10)
Events Closing Today: Valinor Farm Horse Trials (Massachusetts, A-1), Seneca Valley Pony Club Spring H.T. (Maryland, A-2), Silverwood Farm Spring H.T. (Wisconsin, A-4), Aspen Farms H.T. (Washington, A-7), Round Top H.T. (Colorado, A-9)
News and Notes
Do you love writing? Enter the Equestrian Short Story Competition, presented by equestrian blogging network Haynet and Lavender & White Equestrian Publishing! Your horse-themed short story could be selected to be published as an e-book with a percentage of the proceeds benefiting the World Horse Welfare charity. For details, terms, and eligibility requirements, click here: [Equestrian Short Story Competition 2014]
Wear blue and purple to honor Claire Davis: Next weekend, Colorado Horse Park horse trials, dressage, and hunter/jumper competitors will wear blue and purple ribbons to honor the memory of Claire Davis, a 17-year-old eventer who passed away as a result of injuries sustained at the Arapahoe school shooting last year. Go Claire. Go Eventing. [EN]
Best of the Blogs: Check out Team Flying Solo‘s hilarious and helpful post, “Fun With Power Tools: How Poor People Build Jumps, Lesson 1.”
2kGrey renames breeches after Smoke: Equestrian apparel company 2kGrey has renamed their Koko breech after RF Smoke on the Water, Marilyn Little’s Rolex mount who passed away on May 1st. [Horsetalk]
Video of the Day: I don’t know whether to laugh at this kid’s show segment or run away in terror. Just wait til you get to the part where Tayla, the enthusiastic host, talks about the names for male and female horses. Notice that the geldings are suspiciously absent from this lesson… I wonder why?