Operation Find Pippa’s Hat Silk has been accomplished! The search for the Burghley winner’s beloved helmet cover, which she’s had for 30 years, is over as it has been returned by a good Samaritan. I don’t know about you, but I felt quite emotionally invested in the outcome of this search.
Despite, in her own words, looking like an “egg head” with her naked helmet while riding most of the course, having her hat silk flying the coop was one of what seemed to be several good omens over the weekend, since the same thing happened when she won Badminton on Primmore’s Pride in 2005, her last major win at the five-star level.
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Your Wednesday news & Notes:
Yeah, we still have Funnell fever. Is that so wrong? Just in case you forgot what makes her such a legend, Horse & Hound put together a lovely list of the moments and horses that make up her storied career. [All hail Pippa Funnell! 18 moments that helped define her stellar career]
The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) is restricting the import of horses from counties within states with confirmed and suspected cases of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV). Though there have been no confirmed cases of VSV in Ohio, the state decided that, with a significant uptick in incoming equine traffic anticipated due to the All American Quarter Horse Congress scheduled to begin in the city of Columbus on Oct. 1, they would take every precaution to keep the state VSV-free. Though the main focus of this restriction is the influx of horses due to the All American Quarter Horse Congress it appear that it applies to any horses moving into or through the state, so do use caution if you plan to go eventing in Ohio! [Horses From VSV-Affected Areas Banned From American Quarter Horse Congress]
Cross country: it’s the whole reason we do this thing called eventing, but do you remember all the rules? Take a second to refresh your memory before the next time you head out of the start box! [Rule Refresher: The Cross-Country Test]
There is another opportunity to qualify your YEH entry for the Championship at Fair Hill International! Flora Lea H.T. in Medford, New Jersey, was asked by several competitors to hold another qualifier this Friday, Sept. 13th. For those interested in participating, entries may still be made to Debbie Adams at Flora Lea. Email [email protected]. [Flora Lea Farm]
Wednesday Featured Video: 9.11.01 — Never Forget.