Good morning EN! The competition at Pau officially kicks off today with CIC2* dressage and the first CCI4* horse inspection. Kate and Jenni are currently en route to France to bring you coverage from on the ground as 11 North American pairs compete in the four star. Their dressage begins tomorrow and will run through Friday. Keep checking back for coverage and photos all weekend, and good luck to all of the competitors this weekend!
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Before continuing with the rest of the news and notes, on behalf of everyone at EN I would like to express our condolences to Sharon White, who lost her mother yesterday. Our hearts go out to Sharon and her family and we are all sending our thoughts and prayers to them during this sad time.
Sinead has written a new blog for The Chronicle about her disappointing weekend at Fair Hill. Sinead had a fluke fall from Tate late in the course, and currently she is resting up on crutches with a fractured ankle. Luckily it is only a minor fracture and she should be back in the game after only a few weeks. Best wishes for a speedy and uncomplicated recovery to Sinead! [The Chronicle]
Meet Ellen Doughty, the Texas eventer who made the trek to Fair Hill and put down one of the few double clear cross country rounds in the three star. Ellen brought her mount, Sir Oberon, up the levels herself after purchasing him as a five-year-old. She had only gone training level before she began working him, and is largely self-taught. Talk about an impressive accomplishment- click to read more about their partnership. [The Chronicle]
This week on the Eventing Radio Show: A Fair Hill recap. Sinead, Lauren Kieffer, and three star winner Jan join Samantha, Jess and guest co-host Kyle Carter to talk about their weekends at the event. Sinead also talks with Kyle about coaching at Fair Hill and the ups and downs of the breeding business. [Eventing Radio Show]
Haven’t gotten your fill of Fair Hill yet? Check out TheHorsePesterer’s YouTube channel- so far he has uploaded 132 videos from last weekend covering all three phases of the competition, both two star and three star. [TheHorsePesterer]
Reminder: The online auction benefiting Amy Barrington’s Recovery Fund ends Friday. Shannon Lilley has put together a list of great products to bid on, including SmartPak breeches, Nunn Finer bridles, a Hit-Air vest, Professional’s Choice boots, and two new entries donated by Ariat. 100% of the proceeds will go towards Amy’s Recovery Fund, which is helping to pay for her rehabilitation at the Shepard Center in Georgia. [Amy’s Auction]
Fall is here, which means one thing: Blanket season. SmartPak staff have created a helpful guide to the winter blankets they sell, breaking down which model and brand are the staff picks for a things like durability, most coverage, waterproofing, and value. Click to check it out and outfit your horse for the cold. [SmartPak Blog]
Best of Blogs: Erin Sylvester recaps her Fair Hill weekend.