Tuesday News & Notes from Kentucky Performance Products


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Hurray for Poland! They earned themselves a ticket to the Paris Olympics in the Group C qualifier at Baboròwko International over the weekend, and we love how Jan Kaminski, who competed at Tokyo, celebrated the success. Krok pierwszy: Francja, krok drugi: dominacja nad światem!

Events Opening Today: Summer Coconino HT and Western Underground, Inc. TR,N,BN 3 Day EventMasterson Equestrian Trust YEH/NEH QualifierRedefined Equestrian Horse TrialsGenesee Valley Hunt H.T.Huntington Farm H.T.Chattahoochee Hills H.T.The Maryland International + Horse Trials

Events Closing Today: River Glen June H.T.Queeny Park H.T.Middleburg H.T.Cobblestone Farms H.T. I, Unionville H.T.Golden Spike H.T.Apple Knoll Farm H.T.

News & Notes from Around the World:

Okay, so we all know that we probably don’t want our horses to go behind the vertical. But are you au fait with why? The results of a recent study, which observed horses’ airways while working with various degrees of flexion, will go some way to showing why an open, forward throat latch angle is a seriously useful tool to have on your side while riding. [Check out what they discovered]

Nicola Wilson is adding another string to her bow as part of a brand new elite coaching training programme. She’s already a prolific coach — and has opened the doors of her Northallerton yard to up-and-coming riders, including US eventer Kimmy Cecere — and now, she’ll have the opportunity to work alongside top level coaches across the disciplines. This is all part of a new initiative from UK Sport, which bodes very well for continuing education in Great Britain. [Nicola’s on a new adventure]

The FEI has responded to an open letter from the Event Riders Association, which expressed frustration at the refusal to approve an additional CCI2*-S at Bicton next week. The last-minute class addition was intended to make up for runs at this level lost at Chatsworth and Rockingham — but fell well after the FEI’s ruling on when a schedule can be approved for an event. [Read the reply here]

Ever cancelled a lesson at the last minute? If your trainer’s lucky — and smart — they’ll have put a cancellation policy in place that means they don’t suffer a financial loss, but even if they do have that, trainers are bemoaning what appears to be a worsening trend. [Commit to those lessons, folks]

And finally: do you suffer from nerves on competition days that affect your ability to perform? Then it’s worthwhile to take the time to create a ‘safe haven’ for yourself on those busy days, finding a little time and space to recenter yourself and get your feet back on terra firma. I personally like to listen to T Pain’s classic ‘Church’ to really find myself on eventing days, but you do you, boo. [Make competing fun again]

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