Good morning EN! It’s going to be a busy weekend out at the Colorado Horse Park, as all three Olympic disciplines will be hosting concurrent shows on the property. This weekend will also be important for another reason- memorializing Claire Davis, the high school student and equestrian who passed away due to injuries she sustained during the Arapahoe High School shooting. If you are going to be there this weekend, be sure to check your packet for a pin-on ribbon created in her honor. Click here to read more about the memorial effort.
Lara de Liedekerke won the CCI2* at Houghton International in the UK. The field contained many of the biggest names in eventing, but Lara held onto first place from start to finish aboard an eight-year-old stallion named Averouge des Quatre Chênes. Click to see photos and a full event report from Eventing Worldwide. [Eventing Worldwide]
This week on the Eventing Radio Show: Liz Halliday on Saumur. British-based American rider Liz Halliday joins hosts Samantha and Jess to talk about her weekend at Saumur. Then up-and-coming Irish rider Elizabeth Hayden talks about eventing in Ireland. Gavin Makinson gives this week’s trainer tip. [Eventing Radio Show]
Have you seen SmartPak’s funny new “If Horses Were People” videos yet? If not, you’re in luck, because all seven episodes have been put together along with a few still shots over on the SmartPak blog. Click to check them out. [SmartPak Blog]
Two US journalists have been selected as of the winners of the Alltech “Hoof Beats” media competition. Horse Illustrated, Horses USA and HorseChannel.com editor in chief Lesley Ward and equine journalist Maurine Webb will both be given the chance to attend and report on the WEG Championships in France later this year. The third winner is an Australian journalist named Anna Sharpley. The three winners were chosen by members of the International Alliance of Equestrian Journalists (IAEJ) and Alltech officials. [Horsetalk]
Reminder: Vaccinate your horse against mosquito-borne diseases. South Carolina horse owners are urged to be particularly careful this year- that means you Aikenites! Last year the state recorded 49 cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis, the highest number of EEE cases in the US in 2013. EEE is preventable by vaccine, and according to vaccination records none of the horses infected in SC last year had been properly vaccinated. The disease is nearly always fatal, and 48 of the 49 horses infected last summer died. [Horsetalk]
Today’s video comes from YouTube user Dream Maker, who put together some great clips from the FEI event at Houghton International in the UK last weekend.