I’ve been feeling particularly artistic lately, what with my recent art show in Minneapolis and recent addition to Eventing Nation’s (in)Famous illustrated series. Aside from my own art, one of my pastimes is surfing the internet for equestrian art, from the stunning to the absurd. For a fun artistic interlude, check out Kimry Jelen‘s video of her artistic process; in just 2 minutes, she shows us the progression of a colorful painting from conception to breathtaking finish:
Events Opening Today: Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club H.T. (New York, A-1), Waredaca Farm H.T. (Maryland, A-2), Full Gallop Farm August HT (South Carolina, A-3), Erie Hunt and Saddle Club H.T. (Pennsylvania, A-8), The Event at Santa Fe (New Mexico, A-10)
Events Closing Today: Fitch’s Corner H.T. (New York, A-1), The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm II (Maryland, A-2), Hunter Oaks H.T. (Illinois, A-4), USPC National Championship (Kentucky, A-8), Aspen Ridge H.T. (Colorado, A-9), USEA XENTRY DEMO EVENT (Arizona, A-10), Coconino Classic H.T. (Arizona, A-10)
News and Notes:
Attention Blogger Contest finalists! It’s crunch time – your second round entries are due today at 8 p.m. EST. Good luck! Go writing. Go Eventing.
Do you have some epic tan lines? Do you attach a mister to your helmet just to keep yourself somewhat cool? Show us exactly how hot you are for a chance to win an Ovation Cool Rider Shirt! Snap a funny and creative photo and send it to [email protected] no later than Thursday July 3 at 4 pm EST. We have three shirts up for grabs, so get to snapping! [Hot or Not: EN Style Contest]
New Steward General: EN would like to extend a warm welcome and congratulations to Janis Linnan, who was appointed the USEF Steward General of Eventing. Linnan, whose officiating resume includes events such as Rolex and WEG, will be in charge of stewarding at American FEI-sanctioned events. [Equisearch]
Eventers vs. Jockeys at Barbury! William Fox-Pitt, Zara Phillips, Mark Todd, and Laura Collett will be going helmet-to-helmet against Britain’s top jump jockeys at Barbury International (July 3-6) to raise money for the Injured Jockeys Fund (IJF). “The JCB Champions Challenge will see two teams jump against each each, over an identical course of fences in a relay format.” Go Eventing for a great cause! [Horse & Country]
Donkeys as mobile hotspots? We’re not kidding. Turkish herdsmen have attached solar panels to their donkeys, turning them into mobile charging stations for laptops when out tending their flocks. [Horsetalk]
#RideAboveHate: No matter how tight-knit the equestrian community can be, there are still tales of rampant negativity and even bullying. Horse Junkies United has partnered with EcoGold, Heels Down Magazine, e-Venting, and Dressage Hub on their #RideAboveHate – United Against Bullying campaign. For more information, check out [Horse Junkies United]
Video of the Day: Spread the love! . Share this video, post a photo of a heart and the hashtag #RideAboveHate for a chance to win an EcoGold Flip Half Pad. Stay positive. Go Eventing.