One of my great regrets at every event is that there are only so many hours in a day to cover the stories that unfold there — particularly somewhere like Blenheim, with nearly 200 competitors! For every winner, there’s also always a bunch of hardworking, incredible riders who are making their dream come true in their own ways — like Sophie Callard, who has been dreaming of riding at Blenheim since attending on foot at the age of 12. You go, Sophie — keep making those lifelong goals happen!
Events Closing Today: Woodside Fall International, MARS Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill, Apple Knoll Farm H.T., Middle Tennessee Pony Club H.T., WindRidge Farm Fall H.T., Ocala Fall Horse Trials, The Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy Farm
Tuesday News & Notes from Around the World:
A small stud in the UK had a double dose of sadness — and miracles — recently. After all four of their broodmares delivered healthy foals, tragedy struck when two of the mares died shortly thereafter. But the stud’s owners didn’t have to pull in external foster mares — because their other two mares adopted the orphaned foals, alongside their own babies. Read the full story here.
Time for the latest chapter in the ongoing Eric Lamaze sh!tsh*w. Now, he’s facing legal proceedings from the FEI for shirking a mandatory drug test a couple of seasons ago. We all remember Lamaze’s ropy history of drug test violations, right?
Leaving a barn can be a really tricky, turbulent time. Not just because you need to do all the practical logistical elements of moving your horse, but because, for some reason, it always feels like you’re burning serious bridges in doing so. This personal essay comes from someone who experienced just that.
Over on our sister site Horse Nation, they love a bit of myth-busting. Today, they’re tackling your horse’s cool-down — and diving into whether you REALLY need to walk your horse out after a ride. Click here to see the answer.
Relive the winning Burghley round: