Today we are sending a huge congratulations to everyone’s favorite eventer-turned-mustang-wrangler Elisa Wallace, who married Timothy Harfield last weekend. Yesterday Rick Wallace sent us an update on his broken wrist (which is healing, slowly) and included the above photo of himself and Elisa at the ceremony in Jasper, GA. According to Rick, Timothy is finishing his PhD at Emory and has had a significant hand Team Wallace’s very successful social media strategy. Congrats to Elisa and Timothy, and well-wishes to Rick as he continues to heal!
The 25th anniversary Fair Hill International Three-Day Event kicks off today in Elkton, MD. There is quite a cast of competitors attending this weekend (check out Kate’s preview of the CCI2* field here and here) and the first horse inspection is this afternoon. Jenni will be on hand to cover the competition and will be bringing you reports all weekend so make sure to keep checking back. In addition, you can check out the FHI Blog, which is updated regularly throughout the competition. [Fair Hill Schedule] [FHI Blog]
Want to see what you missed at Boekelo? Check out this video put together by Uptown Eventing featuring lots of cross country shots and everyone’s favorite end-of-summer song by Avicii. [Uptown Eventing]
Horsetalk blogger Neil Clarkson weighed in on the revelation that Jock Paget’s Burghley mount tested positive for the sedative Reserpine. His conclusion: it doesn’t make sense. Clarkson contends that it would be very odd for an event horse to be drugged purposely with a long acting sedative like Reserpine, which is long-acting and has a somewhat unpredictable withdrawal period. Like others, he hopes answers are coming. [Horsetalk]
This week on the Eventing Radio Show: Boekelo winner Lizzie Brown and UK-based US rider Liz Halliday. Samantha and Jess chat with the two competitors about their weekends at Boekelo. [Eventing Radio Show]
SmartPak’s resident vet Dr. Lydia Grey tackles a question about mysterious weight loss on “Ask the Vet” this week. She points out that environmental factors (location, workload, recent moves, etc) all can play into weight loss, and feeding the proper amount of grain is key. Ulcers and teeth that need to be floated can also be culprits. Click to check out her full explanation. [Ask the Vet]