It’s a jolly good week to be British eventer Bubby Upton! The talented young rider, who made her five-star debut at Pau and is currently finishing her final year of university, has been given three exciting new rides. Two of them come from the string of Australia’s Chris Burton, who she shares a yard with at the Chedington Estate, owned by the Guy family. Their horses Jefferson and Clever Louis, the latter of which won the 2019 Blenheim eight- and nine-year-old CCI4*-S in 2019, will now be campaigned by Bubby, as will the former Sam Griffiths ride Billy Liffy, who was produced to the upper levels by Liv Craddock. Expect big things to come from Team Upton this season!
Tuesday News & Notes from Around the World:
A tack trunk injury, a comically misplaced marching band, and perhaps the most fortuitous auction win ever – these are just some of the plot points that form the incredible story of Beth Perkins, who finished sixth in the 1974 World Championships with Furtive. Read all about her adventures at Burghley here.
If you’re anything like me, you spend the winter months guzzling iron supplements, hoping for a little bit more get-up-and-go as a result. But can feeding iron have similarly beneficial effects for your horse, or is it a potentially harmful minefield? Horse Sport explains it all.
Kiwi superstar Clarke Johnstone is heading to the UK for the 2022 season. This adds a formidable string to the Kiwi squad’s bow ahead of this year’s World Championships, though the team currently remains without a chef d’equipe after Graeme Thom stepped down at the end of 2021.
OTTB fans in the south-east, rejoice: New Vocations is officially opening an Ocala base, which will be located at Trillium Sport Horses in Anthony, and spearheaded by eventer Erin MacDonald.
And now, over to you: what’s your best advice for heading south for a winter of training? What do you wish you’d known the first time you went sun-chasing? Let us know, and your words of wisdom could be featured in a forthcoming article.
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