Wednesday News and Notes from MDBarnmaster

It's not everyday you get stuck behind cross country tables in traffic. Is this a Great Meadows preview? Wait until June 20 to find out! Photo courtesy of Kristin Carpenter. It's not everyday you get stuck behind cross country tables in traffic. Is this a Great Meadows preview? Wait until June 20 to find out! Photo courtesy of Kristin Carpenter.

My event season finally starts this weekend, and I’m about bouncing with excitement. Sometimes it is tough to watch all of the winter and fall competitions while snow is on the ground up north, but on the other hand, I can enjoy the event coverage with full focus and then turn my concentration to my own competition schedule after all the hoopla of Rolex has eased off.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Hitching Post Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Fair Hill International May H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

CHC International H.T. & CIC  [Website] [Entry Status]

Otter Creek Spring H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status]

Sol Events at Corona del Sol H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

The Event at Woodland Stallion Station H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Equestrians Institute H.T.  [Website]

CCC Spring Gulch H.T.  [Website] [Ride Times]

Want to join the most eclectic team of eventing journalists around? Then you’ll want to enter our Fifth Annual EN Blogger Contest for your shot! We’re looking for our next victim talented writer to join our team, and entries are open until Tuesday, May 19 at 8 p.m. EST. [EN Blogger Contest]

Maxime Livio is appealing the length of his six months ban. Given the maximum six months ban after his horse Qalao des Mers tested positive for ACP at the WEGs, Maxime is arguing he was a victim of sabotage. However, the FEI did not buy into his argument, and awarded Maxime the maximum sentence. [Maxime Livio Appeals Six Month Ban]

The Virginia Horse Trials has unveiled their new website. Just in time for their spring horse trials, the Virginia Horse Trials has a brand new website, with all the sparkle and shine you’d expect from the long-time Area II stalwart CCI event. [Virginia Horse Trials]

It’s a three ring circus to coordinate the BBC coverage of Badminton. From coordinating the cross country fences to cutting the shot, everything about the BBC coverage is part of a well oiled machine. Horse & Hound took a look behind the scenes to bring us a better idea of what it takes to pull off such a feat. [Behind the Scenes with the BBC]

Horse & Hound continues their numbers series. Sixteen British Eventing sections (that’s divisions to us Yankees) were cancelled due to rain, there were two horses with numbers in their name at Badminton, and Jersey Fresh gets a shout-out for raising $6017. [Eventing in Numbers]

Chilli Morning has a lot of progeny running around. You know you want to take ten minutes out of your morning to view them all in a convenient photo gallery. [Chilli Morning Progeny]

Doug Payne is bringing his voice to the USEA Board of Governors. Doug will be taking the place of Jack Leary, who sadly passed away on April 25. [Doug Payne Joins USEA Board of Governers]

This week on the Eventing Radio Show: Jersey Fresh and Badminton Review. This week Jess and Samantha have a chat with Jacky Green and Rodney Powell  to review Badminton, while Buck Davidson pops in to talk Jersey Fresh. [Eventing Radio Show]

SmartPak Product of the Day: It’s already pretty hot out in some parts of the country, and the humidity in particular is rearing it’s ugly head up here. I’m not one of those people who can ride in any sort of long sleeves in the summer, no matter how light. Instead, I stock up on sleeveless polos and brave the awkward tan lines. [SmartPak]

Let’s all watch 60 seconds of Buck and Reggie being awesome.