Wednesday News and Notes from MDBarnmaster

Josie Adams riding Hapajai at Waredaca, circa 1989. Photo by Katherine Boutelle, via Josie Adams' Facebook page. Josie Adams riding Hapajai at Waredaca, circa 1989. Photo by Katherine Boutelle, via Josie Adams' Facebook page.

Spring is here! Yesterday, the joggers were out in force, which is possibly one of the best indications of the changing of the season. I have to admit it was mildly startling when I walked out of my CrossFit class at 6:30 and it was still light, but it was wonderful. I will never understand people who proclaim to hate Daylight Savings Time…to me it’s a sign that spring is here and outdoor activity may resume.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Pine Top Spring H.T.  [Website] [Omnibus] [Entry Status]

MeadowCreek Park H.T.  [Website] [Omnibus] [Ride Times]

Full Gallop Farm March I H.T.  [Website] [Omnibus] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Don’t forget to enter this week’s awesome Fab Freebie from SaddleLockers! Here’s your chance to win a prize pack of swag, courtesy of SaddleLockers, Ogilvy, and Higher Standards Leather Care. Entries close Friday at midnight EST and we’ll be announcing the winner in Friday’s News & Notes. [Fab Freebie: SaddleLockers]

Eventing is coming to Utah, with your help! The city of Mt. Pleasant, Utah has a new equestrian facility and has agreed to build a cross country course. We wrote an article about it back in November, but now they are closer to their goal than ever! In seven months, they have raised over $38K of their $50K goal. If you’d like to help bring this dream to reality, check out their GoFundMe page. [Utah Eventers Seek Support] [Central Utah XC Course]

Unbelievers, prepare to be converted. To dressage, that is. Lauren Sprieser is gearing up to teach the YRAP program at Morningside, and she prepared to do her worst. Dressage is her passion, and she plans on showing those kids that dressage should be their passion too. [That Boring Thing We Do Before Cross Country]

You’re probably wrong about your strongest phase. Kristen Carpenter’s blogs are always worth a read, even if you’ve already looked at them two or three times. She’s hit the nail on the head with this entry. A horse’s weakest phase can force us to make that our strongest phase and vice versa. It may not be apparent until we are matched up with another horse, though. [There’s a Difference Between Good Results and Good Riding]

Fair Hill International has hired a new Executive Director. FHI has chosen Carla Geiersbach to replace Charlie Colgan, who is retiring after ten years in the position. Carla has previously volunteered, competed, and spectated at Fair Hill. Now she gets to contribute professionally to the organization. [There’s a Difference Between Good Results and Good Riding]

Horse&Hound likes numbers as much as I do. They’ve compiled some interesting number related facts from the previous week of eventing. It looks so fun, EN may start a regular series of our own for the US. What say you? [Eventing in Numbers]

Podcast from the USEA: This episode, Brian and Lisa Sabo discuss their successful Pony Club chapter and the rewards of teaching children.  [USEA Podcast]

SmartPak Product of the Day: Spring has finally sprung, and with that comes shedding season. I like this type of shedding blade, as it seems to distribute the pressure of blades across a large area. [SmartPak]