Bromont is starting today, and our own Leslie Wylie is on site to bring you the latest from the final big CCI for the spring on the east coast. Twenty-two horses are set to jog in the CCI3* today, including recent Jersey Fresh CIC3* winner Landmark’s Monte Carlo, Fair Hill CIC3* winner Super Socks BCF, and the ever consistent RF Demeter. Follow Eventing Nation for your latest news and updates.
U.S. Weekend Preview:
Derbyshire Farms H.T. [Website]
Wear purple this weekend in honor of Seema Sonnad. A movement has begun for those attending, volunteering, or competing at events this weekend to wear purple in honor of Seema, who suddenly passed away last week. Purple was Seema’s color for cross country, and she could often be seen sporting a purple polo while volunteering as well. I’ll be competing at Plantation Field on Saturday, one of Seema’s favorite events to volunteer at, and will proudly be wearing purple in honor of this incredible woman.
Looking for some extra cash to pad your pockets? Head to Stuart in July.Always a headline event for Area I in August, the Stuart Horse Trials and CIC is being run for the first time by EEI, the folks who bring you Rolex every year. Stuart Horse Trials will be the first event run by EEI other than our North American four-star, so get ready for an absolutely impeccably-run weekend. Prize money is being offered for all levels, including a Best Turned Out award. [Stuart Horse Trials]
This week in Horse & Hound’s Numbers: The winner of an Open Intermediate division at Tweseldown was 23 years old. Sounds unremarkable, right? Except in this case we are talking the age of the horse Nachtigall, not the rider. [Eventing in Numbers]
Oliver Townend takes the ride on Lanfranco. After failing to complete the cross country at Badminton with Lanfranco, Andrew Hoy put the horse up for sale, feeling he couldn’t handle the stress of international competitions. Prior to getting the ride, Andrew’s ex-wife Bettina Hoy enjoyed great success as well as great struggles with the talented but volatile horse. He is now entered with Oliver Townend in an Advanced division at Little Downham. [Lanfranco Leaves Andrew Hoy’s Yard]
Houghton Hall CIC3* also ran last weekend. While no Americans were competing, seventy-six riders contested the Nations Cup leg in Great Britain. The course, designed by Alec Lochore, brother of popular course designer Hugh Lochore, can be viewed in this photo gallery. [Houghton Hall Course Walk]
Matt Brown put a lot of thought into his relocation to the East Coast. Despite a thriving business out in California, Matt realized, with the help of his wife Cecily, that being comfortable and content with what he had already built was not going to cut it once he realized he could be a contender. He also urges others to help ‘pay it forward’ as it were, and thanks the many people who have inspired and supported him in his journey. [Pushing Snowballs Uphill]
This week on the Eventing Radio Show: Lucinda Green and Jimmy Wofford. This week Samantha and Jess chat with two well-known legends of the sport. [Eventing Radio Show]
SmartPak Product of the Day: My favorite glove is the Roeckl Chester, which in my opinion is stylish, classy, and grippy. One thing it is not, however, is cool. Enter the Roeckl Summer Chester, which features a mesh back so my hands aren’t swimming in their own sweat. [SmartPak]
Relive last year’s Bromont CCI3* by riding along with Maya Black and her jumping bean Doesn’t Play Fair.