Tuesday News & Notes from Ocala Horse Properties

Tiana Coudray and Cancaras Girl at Bramham this June. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

We’ve spotted another U.S. representative on the Burghley entry list! British-based American Tiana Coudray will be making her first appearance at the five-star level since 2016, where we last saw her at the Kentucky Three-Day Event with her London Olympic partner, the great Ringwood Magister. Joining her at Burghley this year will be 12-year-old Holsteiner mare Cancaras Girl, who is fresh off a top ten finish in Bramham’s CCI4*-L this spring. We’re looking forward to cheering them on!

Events Opening Today: Larkin Hill Fall H.T.Meadowcreek Park H.T – The Fall Social Event-Pending USEF ApprovalESDCTA New Jersey H.T.Stable View Oktoberfest 2/3/4* and H.T.

Events Closing Today: Town Hill Farm H.T.Shepherd Ranch Pony Club H.T. IIGreat Meadow InternationalFull Gallop Farm August HT

Tuesday News & Notes from Around the World:

Whenever I see a hold on course while out covering events for EN, two things flash through my mind: first, obviously, my thoughts flash to the rider and horse who’ve necessitated said hold, and then, I think of how tough the situation must be on those riders who’ve been stopped mid-round or — potentially worse — held at the start. We’re all used to timing our warm-ups to perfection, and the higher you climb through the levels, the more that precision matters, so what do you do when all your plans are scrapped for reasons beyond your control? The latest piece by Daniel Stewart on US Eventing’s site has some super tips and actionable advice on how to work a delay to your favour, and it’s a must-read for competitors at every level. [Get your Delay Plan in place]

The pandemic might feel as though it’s largely behind us, but its aftereffects linger on. That’s why funds like the new £175,000 Together Fund, launched by British Equestrian, are so important. This funding pot will be used to help keep riding centres afloat as they grabble with the financial implications of two years of limited income, and is particularly targeted towards centres, groups, and organisations that help marginalised groups who have been most affected by the pandemic. [A welcome cash injection for access programmes]

Ever wondered what life is like as a member of a ground jury? FEI stalwart Christian Landolt, who was part of the ground jury at Badminton this year and is a mainstay at many of the world’s biggest events, shares a week in the life at a three-day — and explains how he fell into the role almost by accident. [No, it’s not just dressage judging!]

Every time I see equestrians getting positive press in the major newspapers, I get a little thrill. Even more so when the context is the enrichment that riding can bring to young lives, as it’s doing at City Ranch outside Baltimore. There, founder Ahesahmahk Dahn has been introduced young Black riders to horses — and teaching them about the contributions that Black riders before them have made to the horse world — for the past fifteen years. [Programmes like this are worth shouting about from the rooftops]

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I can think of few things better than filling the 20 airy stalls on this gorgeous farm with eventers-in-training and shutting myself away to enjoy horse heaven with them. Actually, scrap that, I can think of something better: only having to scoot down the road to compete them all at the likes of the World Equestrian Centre, before nipping over to Golden Ocala to take a dip in what is, by far, my favourite pool in the whole city. Don’t even get me started on the cocktails. This property is absolutely going to make someone’s dreams come true, and because I live in a Saddle Club daydream, I’d love to see a couple of gung-ho eventing types go in on it so they can chase the dream (and the Pina coladas) in tandem.

Watch This:

Ever wondered what it’s like to ride in a charity race with no prior experience on the track? Join amateur eventer Lucy Robinson as she tackles the Magnolia Cup at England’s Glorious Goodwood: