We are devastated to report that Area VII Whitney Spicher lost her horse, Water Cube, in a fatal trailer accident this weekend. Sudden poor visibility led to a 30-car pileup where Whitney’s trailer was rear ended. All human passengers were uninjured, and the other two horses on the trailer survived and are recovering.
Water Cube gained recognition in 2016 when he went from the racetrack to the eventing world. Then-owned Michael Phelps gave the ride to Phillip Dutton. But for the last few years, Cubey was Whitney’s unicorn. The EN team sends our condolences to Whitney and her crew. A Go Fund Me page has been started for anyone who would like to show some support to Whitney.
National Holiday: National Spinach Day
Events Opening This Week: Jersey Fresh International Three-day Event, WindRidge Farm H.T., Plantation Field May H.T., Mill Creek Pony Club H.T. at Longview, Texas Rose Horse Park Summer H.T., Galway Downs Spring H.T., Woodland Stallion Station H.T., Spokane Sport Horse Farm 4th Annual Spring H.T., Winona Horse Trials, Old Chatham H.T.
Events Closing This Week: USEA MDHT FEH/YEH/NEH Qualifier, Plantation Field April H.T., Ocala International 3-Day Festival of Eventing, FENCE H.T., Twin Rivers CCI & H.T., Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event
MCTA Horse Trials at Shawan Downs (Area II) is incorporating an intercollegiate challenge into their spring event on May 4-5, 2019. Entries are now open (closing date: April 16th) — all you have to do is indicate your college team on your entry form, and it will be score separately as a team competition. If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to the Maryland Eventing Team at [email protected]. We hope to see everyone there! [Omnibus Listing]
Carolina International hosted the first-ever USEF/USET Foundation North American Team Challenge over the weekend. Erik Duvander narrowly beat out Leslie Law’s team as these up-and-coming riders gained valuable team experience. [Team Erik Duvander Victorious in First USEF/USET Foundation North American Futures Team Challenge]
27-year-old David Britnell is headed to Badminton! He debuted at the five-star level last year at Pau, but now he’s going for the Big B, and blogging about it along the way. [David Britnell’s Badminton first-timer blog: I am incredibly excited]