If you ride an off track Thoroughbred and would like the chance to ride in the one and only Rolex Stadium, it’s your lucky day! New Vocations is running their charity show over September 10-11 and TBs of all experience levels are welcome to take part. Sponsored by The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program, classes will be held in both the Rolex Stadium and the Walnut Ring. Come try out your skills in the stadium you’ve dreamed of riding in!
U.S. Weekend Preview:
Town Hill Farm H.T. [Website]
Huntington Farm H.T. [Website]
The British Young Event Horse Finals are shaking things up with a ridden component. This year, the top four horses at the end of the division will be ridden by judge Ian Stark to evaluate their potential for the upper levels. their score will remain anonymous and Ian will give them a numerical score out of eight to be added to their final score. The remainder of the horses will hold the rankings they received prior to the riding evaluation. [Judge to Ride Finalists]
Sadly, High Kingdom has been scratched from Burghley. After trotting up less than one hundred percent, Zara tindall was forced to scratch the gelding from Burghley. This was to be the pair’s return to the four-star level following an injury sustained in the stabling at Rolex in 2015. Unfortunately this pair will have to wait for their long-anticipated return. [Zara Tindall Out of Burghley’]
Jock Paget wasn’t kidding about Clifton Lush’s cut in Rio. Photos reveal the jagged cut Lush sustained, somehow managing to damage himself on a water pipe outside his stall. Although the cut was taken care of quickly, the horse was not comfortable wearing a bit and Jock was forced to withdraw. Now back in England, he is aimed at Pau later this fall. [Clifton Lush Bounces Back]
If you’re watching or following the Olympic equestrian coverage, talk about it! The IOC is measuring interest in each sport and as usual, equestrian is on the cusp. Use the hashtags #JointheJourney and #TwoHearts on social media to indicate your interest in eventing, dressage, or show jumping and help let the IOC know that our sport has a huge fan base. The IOC will be monitoring the usage of the hashtags through August 29th, so don’t be afraid to recap all you like on social media.
SmartPak Product of the Day: Equifit makes a super sharp looking ear bonnet that is made of mesh, which means even on hot days your horse can have a really cool hat. Get it? A cool hat? Kidding aside, if you need something that looks sharp but can’t wait the time to get one custom, the Equifit will fit the bill. [SmartPak]