Good morning EN! The GMHA Festival of Eventing is in full swing up in Vermont, with a three day clinic wrapping up today. Bonnie Mosser, Peter Gray, and Bobby Costello were all in attendance teaching groups, this weekend a recognized Novice-Intermediate level horse trials will take place. This is all on top of the classic three-day that took place at GMHA last weekend. Finally, GMHA will host its first 1* this year, and give away the beautiful saddle you see pictured above to the lucky winner. 21 combinations are entered in the FEI division, including Bruce Davidson on Mr. Bojangles. Good luck to all competitors! [GMHA Facebook]
British Eventing will host a two-phase arena Eventing series in 2015. According to Horse & Hound, the series aims “to provide more opportunities to BE members, as well as attract new ones.” There will be two finals in order to allow riders from each end of the country to participate, one at Blenheim and one at Blair. Classes will be at the BE90 and BE100 levels, open to both BE members and non-members. [Horse & Hound]
The French team swept the podiums at the FEI European Pony Championships over the weekend. France took home team and individual gold in both Eventing and Jumping at the games, which took place in Ireland. Unsurprisingly, Germany took home double gold in Dressage. Mike Etherington-Smith designed a brand new cross country course for the event at Drishane Castle, which neighbors the 350-acre Green Glens equestrian complex where the main event was based. Sixteen-year-old Victor Levecque took home double gold in Eventing, riding his 10-year-old pony, Qualitat des Bourdons. Germany took home team silver, followed by Italy for team bronze. [Horse Canada]
Three foals were granted elite premium status at The Baileys Horse Feeds/ British Breeding/British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Futurity in Gloucestershire. The top-ranked foal, Jumbelissa (Jumbo x Monte Carlo), finished with a score 9.06 in the eventing section. She is one of the first foals bred by Nicky Carmichael, who is obviously very excited. Another foal Nicky bred this year also did very well at the competition: Florissa (Floriscount X Wolkentanz I), who scored a first premium of 8.67. Click to read a full recap and see photos of the foals. [Horse & Hound]
This week on SmartPak’s Ask the Vet: Tying up. A reader writes to Dr. Lydia Gray about how to prevent her young event horse from tying up. Dr. Gray discusses the mechanisms of tying up and supplements that could potentially help prevent the condition from occurring. [SmartPak Blog]
Today’s video comes from the aforementioned FEI European Pony Championships, and features sights and sounds from cross country day.