Wednesday News & Notes

Margaret Kitts and Melody Keys for the long one. Photo by April Williams.

Congratulations to April Williams, the winner of the SmartPak SmartStride Ultra ‘Long Spot’ Contest! We’ve all had that moment when we realized it was just a bit longer than we realized and yet our trusty steeds confidently tackle the distance and help us fly. Not a moment we want to replicate over and over but certainly an incredible feeling in the moment!

National Holiday: Universal Children’s Day

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Your Wednesday News & Notes

The lifetime ban of George Morris has been upheld by the Center for Safe Sport. After days of testimony by both victims and George Morris along with witness in front of an independent arbitrator in New York, the Center has confirmed the lifetime ban. There is no appeal to this decision. [George Morris Permanently Barred]

If you’re a top hat aficionado, you’ve got 13 months left before you’ll need to retire it to your home study. The FEI has voted today to require all equestrian sports (excepting driving and vaulting) to wear helmets at all times while mounted aside from prize ceremonies. The rule will go into effect on January 1, 2021 to allow helmet manufacturers to respond to demand. [FEI to Require Helmets]

Lady Kingsley has supported the sport of eventing from the very beginning. After breeding the mare Aeolia whom her son piloted around Badminton twice in the seventies, Lady Kingsley set about creating a breeding dynasty. The final descendant of Aeolia is Tommy Tittle Mouse, a 10-year old gelding who competes at 3* with Jo Rimmer and Lady Kingsley makes sure to get out regularly to watch him compete. [A Wonderful Owner]

Wednesday Video: Brought to you by Joan Davis of Flatlands Foto, here’s a slideshow for the 2020 Area I Eventers Calendar — Anniversary Edition.