Tuesday News & Notes from Ocala Horse Properties


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How cool is this? The newest Gatorade advertising spot is a stunning tribute to tennis GOAT Serena Williams, and among its line-up of awe-inspiring sportswomen is eventing’s own Lydia Heywood, who’s helping to break down barriers for riders from diverse backgrounds while pursuing her own international competitive dreams. We love to see it.

Events Opening Today: Flora Lea Farm Mini EventTryon Riding & Hunt Club “Morris the Horse” TrialsWindermere Run H.TWaredaca Classic Three Day Event & H.T.The Event at TerraNovaRam Tap H.T. – Advanced Pending USEF ApprovalHagyard Midsouth Three-day Event

Events Closing Today: Larkin Hill Fall H.T.University of New Hampshire H.T.Meadowcreek Park H.T – The Fall Social EventESDCTA New Jersey H.T.Old Tavern Horse TrialsTwin Rivers Fall InternationalStable View Oktoberfest 2/3/4* and H.T.

Tuesday News & Notes from Around the World:

Horse people are, by their very nature, dog people, too — and I certainly fill the dog-shaped void in my life (it’s impossible to have a pup when my job involves so much travel, alas) by ‘adopting’ event riders’ pooches at competitions. My favourite of the bunch is Tim and Jonelle Price’s ineffably silly boxer, Scooby, but I’ve also got a soft spot for sweet, wriggly Australian Shepherd Rio, owned by Astier Nicolas, and baby-faced Labrador Roger, owned by Sweden’s Christoffer Forsberg. Oh, and at Haras du Pin I met the excellent Scofield, a Golden Retriever owned by Cedric Lyard’s mother, who merrily brought me other riders’ socks all week long. I didn’t ask for them, but any gift from a Goldie is a good gift. Anyway, the question of the day over at Heels Down is this: what actually makes the perfect barn dog? [We reckon it’s a total inability to be trained, tbh]

Alongside the fast and furious action of the CCI5*, a celebration of young horses took place at Burghley. The Burghley Young Event Horse finals are some of the UK’s most prestigious showcases for four- and five-year-olds, and we saw some worthy winners and exciting future stars take centre stage in the back rings. Most poignantly? One of Nicola Wilson’s young horses took a big win — but that’s not the only victory her youngsters have taken recently. H&H meets the stable jockey taking charge of Nic’s up-and-comers. [Heartening results around the country]

If you’re anything like me, workouts are the first thing to fall by the wayside when your schedule gets hectic. Like, who has time to fit in a gym session around the absolute chaos of life with horses?! But Laura Crump Anderson is looking to change that, by giving us all quick, effective exercise regimes we can do at home, with no special equipment needed. No excuses, now. [This’ll inspire you to get a couple of crunches in today]

Ocala Horse Properties Dream Farm of the Week:


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I’m not sure I can forgive the OHP team for reminding us that winter is only 111 days away, but if they’ll invite me over to tour this place, with the most gorgeous outside lounge area I’ve seen in a hot minute, I could be persuaded. As a gal with a non-horsey partner who says things like “your gaskets need changing; I’ll do that”, the garage workshop alongside the stunning eight-stall barn appeals to me enormously, because he could disappear to his den of iniquity while I disappeared to mine, and then we could drink cold Sauvignon Blanc around that fire in the evening while gazing at my happy horses. Bliss. Someone lend us a few bucks, would ya?

Watch This:

Relive cross-country day at Burghley with Horse & Hound’s interviews and highlights: