I had serious FOMO this weekend watching the Virginia Horse Trials action from afar. It became a favorite of mine when I was living in Virginia, and I’m looking forward to a return one day hopefully soon! Something about the autumn colors in the foothills makes my heart happy.
National Holiday: Voting Day! Don’t forget to get out to the polls today, EN.
If you live in Maryland’s Anne Arundel County, don’t forget to rock the vote for Steuart Pittman! Perhaps best known for his work as founder of Retired Racehorse Project, Steuart now has his sights set on making a different kind of change in the world. He is a do-er, which led to his campaign to be elected Anne Arundel County Executive. The incumbent Executive, Steve Schuh, was bad news: a far right-wing Republican with a developer-funded agenda of unchecked, fiscally irresponsible growth. When nobody came forward to oppose him for reelection, Steuart reckoned that he was going to have to do it himself. You can read more about Steuart’s community-first platform via his campaign website. [Pittman for People]
I was riding horses when I was 15, but not 5-year-old at the YEH Championship! Emma Keahon was, and she was riding Dorry Gascon and Andrew Keahon’s 5-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding, PS Duty Calls. [Now on Course: Emma Keahon and PS Duty Calls]
Former four-star horse Idalgo was sadly euthanized this week. Ridden by William Fox-Pitt, “Frog” finished second at Badminton and won a European gold medal in 2009. He retired from eventing in 2010, and spend the rest of his life with William’s former pupil Alex van Tuyll, enjoying life and hunting. [Heartbreak as British team gold medallist dies: ‘He was cheeky, but never malicious’]
It’s nearly impossible to predict the outcomes of an entire season, and 2018 was no different. There were ups and downs and twists we couldn’t have thought up ourselves. Horse & Hound highlights the most memorable. [When the unexpected strikes… 11 surprises of the 2018 eventing season]