Wow — what an enormous couple of days it’s been for eventing news. Between the release of Badminton entries (with no waitlist for the first time that I can remember!), the passing of Oratorio and Primmore’s Pride, the swapping of nationalities of Georgie Goss (nee Spence; formerly British, now Irish), the semi-retirement of Vanir Kamira, and, honestly, I’m probably still forgetting something, I’ve barely had time to even process my jet lag from Carolina. Something tells me it’ll hit me at some point this week though. Wish me luck!
Events Opening Today: Riga Meadow at Coole Park Combined Test, WindRidge Farm Spring H.T., Texas Rose Horse Park H.T.- Modified Pending USEF Approval, Stable View Local Charities H.T., Catalpa Corner May Madness Horse Trials, The Event at Skyline
Events Closing Today: CDCTA Spring H.T., Pine Hill Spring H.T., Rocking Horse Spring H.T., Stable View Spring 2/3/4* and H.T.
Tuesday News & Notes from Around the World:
If you’re a fan of showjumping, you’re probably a fan of supermare HH Azur. But where did McLain Ward’s superstar — who’s now won two Rolex Grand Slam legs — come from? Here’s the full story.
Despite vocal demand and a whopping 25 years of development, UK vets are reporting limited uptake for the new strangles vaccine. The vaccine, which is 94% effective in the prevention of this nasty respiratory virus, could be a huge boon for busy yards with plenty of horses coming and going. Here’s more on that.
Jessica Phoenix is an unarguable champion of OTTBs — and this lovely piece sheds some light on where the delightful Wabbit and Mike came from. I just really love horses with human names, tbh.
Sponsor Corner: I once groomed at a five-star for a horse who would go on hunger strike the second he arrived anywhere new. That is EXTREMELY stressful, frankly, especially when you know there’s a gruelling cross-country challenge to come. This useful article from KPP explains how to increase your horse’s appetite and avoid those quiet panics in a temporary stable somewhere in Germany.
In honour of the great Primmore’s Pride, who died yesterday, relive his showjumping round with Pippa Funnell at the Athens Olympics in 2004.