There something special about a horse show morning. Ignoring your 4:00 a.m. alarm clock, the feeling of getting that last minute course walk in joined by a hopeful sunrise will set you right on course. I think Lars Blackmore, who shot the photo above, said it best: “Though there isn’t a hoof in sight, this shot of a competitor counting strides at sunrise sums up much of the inherent beauty of the sport.” Go eventing.
National Holiday: National Bow Tie Day
Events Opening This Week: Hitching Post Farm Horse Trials (VT, A-1) MDHT at Loch Moy Farm Classic BN3 Day Event and H.T. (MD, A-2) Paradise Farm H.T. (SC, A-3) Las Cruces H.T. (NM, A-10) Radnor Hunt H.T. (PA, A-2) Majestic Oaks H.T. (FL, A-3) Galway Downs International Event & H.T. (CA, A-6) Fleur de Leap H.T. (LA, A-5)
Events Closing This Week: Equestrians Institute H.T. (WA, A-7) GMHA September Horse Trials (VT, A-1) CDCTA Fall H.T. (VA, A-2) Poplar Place Farm September H.T. (GA, A-3) Otter Creek Fall H.T. (WI, A-4) Flying Cross Farm H.T. (KY, A-8)
Have you kept up with all the athletes we will see at WEG in a few short weeks? If not, no fear! Noëlle Floyd has summed up all the riders for dressage, eventing and show jumping. [Weighing In On WEG: Who Will Win In Tryon?]
U.S. Eventing volunteers have racked up an impressive 19,800 hours this year, if you need even more proof that volunteers are the backbone of our sport. That’s spread across the 1,577 volunteers who are active with the USEA’s Volunteer Incentive Program. [Volunteers by the Numbers]
Tim Price has a new shining star in his stable. Tim says Pats Jester is an “under-the-radar” horse, but he’s now got two CCI3* wins on his record. [Tim Price showjumps clear to win Blair CCI3* with ‘under-the-radar’ horse]
Fresno County Horse Park made a TV appearance this week to increase awareness of eventing and the Horse Park. [Fresno County Horse Park Featured on KSEE 24 Central Valley Today]