It must be completely surreal to compete on the hallowed eventing grounds of Belton and Burnham Market, and in just a few short weeks, multiple grant recipient Madeline Backus will have the chance of a lifetime when she rides down the centerline at Badminton on Friday afternoon. It’s a long cry from the mountains of Colorado, where both Madeline and her mare were born.
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Attention Kentucky 4*-bound tailgate pros! EN is excited to host its annual “Insanity in the Middle” Tailgate Party on cross country day, but we need a little help with the set-up. If you have a truck and access to tailgate furnishings (two or three pop-up tents, tables, coolers, etc.), we have a platinum tailgate parking pass and some cross country day passes for you! Please email us at [email protected].
Canadian international eventing is expanding, in case you haven’t heard. Prominent eventing team member, official, and now venue developer Rob Stevenson is developing his family farm in New Brunswick to hold a second Canadian FEI event. With a summer date, Rob hopes to attract eventers from the East Coast, looking to get international runs in a venue with atmosphere. [Foshay Eventing Taking Shape]
The Kentucky crowd is getting restless but going to Badminton is a thing, too. Horse & Hound has created a go-to guide with all the links you’ll need for your first visit to Badminton. While geared more towards the eventing newbie, it still provides some helpful advice, like what you should wear in the British weather. [Badminton Horse Trials Visitor’s Guide]
A fall can sometimes change your perspective. Former three-star eventer Natasha Al-Egaily had a fall while schooling and it changed her life. By herself, she called emergency services, who sent an ambulance and a life flight to her. Luckily she didn’t need the flight but after discovering that the life flight service was self-funded, she decided to raise money for them by running the London Marathon. [Marathon Mission for Former Eventer]
Attwood Footing of the Week – TerraNova
Coated surfaces often rely on an adhesive coating to bind the sand grains and additives together, to give the surface cohesion and support. In the case of waxed surfaces, the wax coating does a reasonable job of binding the components together, but they feel oily and often the sand sticks to just about anything that comes into contact with it which can cause quite a mess.
To eliminate that problem, Attwood created a patented cold process to produce our TerraNova, creating a world-class riding surface with a very silky texture that virtually eliminates the slightest sticky feeling to horse or rider.
The innovative footing is formulated with high quality silica sand and fibers, and coated with a next-generation viscoelastic polymer. Perfect for arenas in any climate and, drum roll please … is not at all sticky. Attwood’s TerraNova is designed for unrivalled shock absorption, grip, and rebound for the serious equestrian athlete.
“We decided to go with the TerraNova footing in our indoor and it has been fantastic. It’s unbelievable how great the horses feel on it. Every single horse goes in there and is comfortable and loose and moves really well. You can really work them and feel confident in the support the footing gives them.”
~ Grace Long, professional rider, Badger Hill Farm, Middleburg, VA
You can find TerraNova in many of the top equestrian venues around the world including:
- Terra De Belos Cavalo, Kenwood, CA
- Badger Hill Farm, Middleburg, VA
- Wrsan Farm, Abu Dhabi
- Ohana Equestrian Preserve, Aldie, VA
- Bridlespur Farm, Keswick, VA
- White North Stables, Hunting Valley, Ohio
- Project R.I.D.E., Elk Grove, CA
Wednesday Video: Rebecca is again home to the newly-renamed North American Youth Championships.
We can't wait to return to Rebecca Farm this year for another great weekend of eventing at the the Adequan®/FEI North American Youth Championships presented by Gotham North! #NAYC
Posted by The Adequan FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships on Tuesday, April 17, 2018