Hello, I am short. Make that 5’2″ on a good day. This makes mounting horses taller than 15 hands a feat of physical prowess, and climbing into a pickup truck is always somewhat of a gymnastic adventure. Over the weekend, I participated in the Otter Creek Summer Horse Trials, which of course meant that I had two saddles to unpack once we reached the show grounds. Sue Goepfert managed to document my unloading process, and cheekily suggested that I share it with the lovely readers of EN!
What can I say? This particular rider prefers a ramp over a step-up into the trailer.
Events Opening Today: University of New Hampshire H.T. (New Hampshire, A-1), Surefire H.T. (Virginia, A-2), Flora Lea Fall H.T. (New Jersey, A-2), Stable View Horse Trials (South Carolina, A-3), Sundance Farm H.T. (Wisconsin, A-4), Nutrena USEA AEC, Adequan Gold Cup Finals, and ATC (Texas, A-5), Jump Start H.T. (Kentucky, A-8)
Events Closing Today: Town Hill Farm Horse Trials (Connecticut, A-1), Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Fall H.T. (Virginia, A-2), Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (Georgia, A-3), Silverwood Farm Fall H.T. (Wisconsin, A-4), Corona Del Sol Heat Buster Horse Trials (Texas, A-5), The Event at Woodland Stallion Station (California, A-6), KY Classique H.T. (Kentucky, A-8)
News and Notes:
Hamilton BioVet is offering a free two-month trial to the lucky winner who shared the story of why their horse would benefit from the UltrOZ Therapeutic Ultrasound System. We need you to help us decide the winner! Be sure to vote for your favorite finalist byThursday, August 14 at 5 pm! [Vote for UltrOZ Trial Winner]
10-year-old sets record at USEF Pony Finals: Make way for Genevieve Munson! The 10-year-old from Arkansas set a record for the youngest rider to win the USEF Pony Jumper Individual Championships. Not only did she win individual gold on the pony Bluebelle, but she also helped the U.S. Pony Club win the team competition! Go Genevieve. [Horses Daily]
Irish show jumpers win 7’3″ puissance: Billy Twomey on Afp’S Quick Vainqueur and Michael Hutchinson on Acorad 3 split the €20,000 prize for clearing 7’3″ at the Dublin Horse Show’s puissance over the weekend. Not to rag on the whole short person theme, but that’s over two feet taller than me. That’s taller than Michael Jordan. That’s pretty awesome! [HorseTalk]
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