We’re inching ever closer to the Young Horse World Championships at Le Lion d’Angers, and it’s about this time of year that I start to get really excited about these slightly gangly child prodigies and what they’ve been up to through the summer. Fortunately for me, France’s Tom Carlile always provides the sterling content I need — like these photos of his impressive string of Upsilon offspring, all of whom look to be the spitting image of their beloved sire. Even more impressively, Upsilon offspring took all three places on the podium in the French national championships for seven year olds, with Etoile de Beliard taking top honours, followed by Epsilon First Lady in second and Arnaud Boiteau’s Eau Vive de Brenne in third. Now THAT’S what we call total domination, and I can’t wait to see them in person and watch the world’s best producer of young horses (in my humble opinion!) work his magic again.
National Holiday: It’s the International Day of Clean Air. Can you do one simple thing to cut emissions today? I’m going to walk into town rather than take my car, which might seem like a really teensy-weensy action, but imagine if all of us did that today?
Events Opening Today: Tryon Riding & Hunt Club “Morris the Horse” Trials, Holly Hill H.T., Windermere Run H.T, Waredaca Classic Three Day Event & H.T., Fresno County Horse Park H.T., Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event
News and Notes from Around the World:
After a crashing fall earlier in the summer that resulted in a broken back and pelvis, former British Young Rider medallist Phoebe Locke is back in the saddle. And she’s making a pretty impressive comeback of it, too! [Four-star event rider seriously injured in rotational fall makes competition comeback]
In the midst of busy Gloucester in the west of England, there’s a riding school with a difference. Head behind the scenes at St James City Farm, an urban riding school dedicated to providing a safe haven for local young riders and particularly Muslim equestrians. [Inside Gloucester’s Muslim horse riding school]
There’s not much we love more than a bit of colour on a cross-country course. Luckily, talented COTH tog Lindsey Berreth agrees and has collated a gallery of some of the splashiest at the AECs. [Favorite Photos: A Rainbow of Horses at the AEC]