Something special is on the horizon for European eventers this winter. The Portuguese Eventing Association (ACCE) and the Portuguese Equestrian Federation (FEP) have just announced the launch of the 2020 Portuguese Eventing Tour with the goal of beefing up what’s left of the 2020 International calendar. The competitions will take place the last two weeks of November and the first week of December, pending FEI approval.
Week 1 19-21st November at Ota (CCI1*-S, CCI2*-S, CCI3*-S, CCI4*-S plus a national programme)
Week 2 26-28th November at Barroca d’Alva (CCI1*-S, CCI2*-S, CCI3*-S plus the National Championships)
Week 3 2nd-6th December at Barroca d’Alva (CCI1*-S, CCI2*-S, CCI3*-S, CCI4*-S, CCI2*-L, CCI3*-L, CCI4*-L (Olympic qualifier)
Much is still up in the air as they wait for a green light from the FEI, but the organization has pledged to strictly adhere to any appropriate COVID-19 restrictions at the time of competition. You can read more about it here.
National Holiday: National Social Media Day
Our sport is a game of inches and those are arguably the most important during the final show jumping phase of a three-day competition. Your preparation begins weeks before the event — when you’re building your horse’s fitness. Then day-off, think short and sweet. [How to Show Jump Clear at a Long Format Event with Doug Payne]
Blast from the past! To celebrate Carl Hester’s 50th birthday yesterday (June 29) here’s a roundup of his rise to the top. [Blast from the past: 50 photos of Carl Hester to celebrate his birthday]
Being a working student requires tremendous sacrifice. While many head off in this intense working agreement to learn how to ride, your best bet would be to do it with the goal of learning how to become a better horse person. [Don’t Become A Working Student To Learn How To Ride]
In Memory: Andrew Temkin’s old 3* event horse, Bucephalus, was laid to rest last Thursday at the age of 26 years old. He was owned by Leslie Manville for the last eight years of his life and was very loved until the end. A lot of people who knew/rode this special horse, and we send our condolences.
Tuesday Video: Lainey Ashker shares a refreshing take on making mistakes:
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“Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.” -Lou Brock 👊🏽👊🏽👊🏽 PSA: Even professionals make mistakes guys…that’s how we become professionals…by testing the limits and pushing ourselves. If you would have been out in my jump ring yesterday you probably would have counted over 500 jumps I took (cumulatively) on all the horses I rode and I didn’t stop until I felt each horse had accomplished what I felt he or she needed to. I post this “fail” to show you that I make mistakes and this was NO FAULT OF TORO’S in fact he was a blessed Saint sent from the stars above to be honest and continue down the line for me like he did. Truth is I COMPLETELY missed my striding into the line and it sucked but we were no worse the wear and came back and corrected the mistake I made. The point of this post is quite simple: don’t be afraid to make mistakes because that means you’re pushing the envelope; you’re striving for progress. And when you do make that mistake because undoubtedly you will make one, do your best to make the most of it in that very instant so you can take away all the positive so you come back even better from it the next time! #LÆsquad #failfrenzy #goodboytoro #ottbaward #holdyourline #nowthatsaneventinghorse #mindgym #eyesontheprize #trainhard