I’m not sure I could possibly be any more excited about the return of head cams from European climes as we inch closer and closer to the start of the season – and EN’s first far-flung international fixture at Thoresby International CCI4*-S in England. With Badminton entries due to be released in the next couple of weeks and a smoking hot slew of top-level horses already logging their first run, I think we can expect a truly vintage season. And to start it off in fine style? It’s Cheltenham week, which tends to draw all the UK’s eventers out of their lairs to watch the very best in jumps racing. It really does feel like another time: the last time I went to Cheltenham, I didn’t quite realise that just days later, we’d all be plunged into our first lockdown. Weird notion, in hindsight.
#WomensHistoryMonth Bit of the Day: Instead of the past, I want to use this spot to look to the future – and more specifically, the shocking revelation that in 2022, we still haven’t benefited from any truly significant research into the effects of menopause on sporting performance. Horse&Hound‘s Lucy Elder investigates.
Tuesday News & Notes from Around the World:
Paul Schockemöhle is one of the biggest names in the sport horse industry. His empire spans breeding, competition production, elite sales and performance, and, of course, a popular tack and clothing brand that bears his moniker. Now, he and his team are using his resources and leverage to provide aid and help evacuate refugees from Ukraine.
The Open Intermediate at Oasby Horse Trials in England was a who’s-who of top-level talent, featuring major names including all three members of the gold medal winning Tokyo team, our reigning World Champions, reigning Blenheim winners, current European Champions and individual medallist, and a slew of five-star winners. Check out some photos from H&H’s Peter Nixon here.
Take a closer look at the Haller Education Scholarship for Eventing Officials in the latest of US Eventing’s series on their spectrum of super grants and bursaries available for riders, coaches, officials, and more.
New research into lipid production could improve lead to improved reproductive performance. The study, which is being undertaken in Australia, may well prove to be a boon to breeders around the world.
LEARNING OPPORTUNITY OF THE DAY: Want to brush up on your feeding knowledge and learn how to keep your horse’s complex digestive system healthy, happy, and full functional? If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, when it comes to horses, a well-balanced and regularly scheduled meal can do much the same – and Legends Horse Feed is hosting an informative webinar today at 1.00 p.m. ET to help you get to grips with nutritional tailoring. Plus, all attendees will receive a voucher for a free bag of feed! Click here for more information and to join in.
Chatsworth is one of the iconic events returning to the calendar this year, and it never disappoints – in fact, its stunning house and grounds were used as Pemberley House in the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. We can’t promise a rich hunk will appear through the mist, but we can definitely guarantee some red-hot action like this: