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Tuesday News & Notes from Around the World:
Still confused about the tumult surrounding the FEI’s one country, one vote drama? Pippa Cuckson is back in the fray with all the details you need to understand the hot button drama of the moment — and the huge impact it could have on global equestrian sport and horse welfare.
Are you a high school or college student with an interest in equestrian photography? Don’t miss your chance to apply for the Andrew Ryback Photography Scholarship, which awards grants to help fund your education. Applications close on 3/31.
Take a look around the home of Swedish show jumper (and former eventer!) Peder Fredricson. I’ll be thinking about his fireplace all day – and the fact that both he and his wife are actually also artists! We love an equestrian with hidden talents.
Listen to This:
We’re all beside ourselves with excitement over the return of Badminton this spring, and there’s plenty of excitement behind the scenes, too, with a new event director at the helm and plenty of fresh ideas on the table. EquiRatings’s Nicole Brown headed to the Cotswolds to find out more about what’s coming.
At last month’s USEA Annual Meeting and Convention, Ashley Johnson presented her fascinating research into the ‘flow state’ of elite event riders — that is, the psychological state of total immersion in an activity. For event riders, she looked specifically at resilience levels and performance strategies. You can watch the whole talk and find out her conclusions here!