We all know Laura Graves as one of America’s leading dressage riders, but she taught a very different type of clinic yesterday at Ohana Equestrian Preserve in Aldie, Virginia. Her “Dressage for Jumpers” clinic emphasized dressage fundamentals for hunter/jumper riders, covering advanced flatwork exercises to improve performance over fences. Ohana’s indoor arena, which features TerraNova footing from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces, provided a perfect location for the clinic. You can watch a full replay of the clinic at this link thanks to USEF Network.
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Alina Patterson and Lauren Schoenborn are the recipients of the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award from Rebecca Farms. Schoenborn, originally from the east coast, now makes Montana home with her partner East of Omaha, who she’s been with for six years. Patterson was originally from Alaska, which limited her eventing opportunities until her parents moved to Washington state when she was eleven. [Rebecca Farm Technical Merit Awards]
Britain’s list has raised a lot of eyebrows with a notable name left off the list. Despite being listed with three different horses, including a Burghley winner and a Kentucky winner, Oliver Townend was excluded from what became an all-woman squad for GBR. [British WEG Team Announced]
A valued member of the Kentucky CCI4* community has sadly passed away. Helen Sproat dedicated her time to the spring three-day for forty years, directing the mounted riders for cross-country day. For the rest of the year, she ran a gallery, gave historical tours, organized Christmas festivals, and raised four children. [In Memoriam: Helen Sproat]
Attwood Wisdom of the Week: EuroTex Tailored for a Special Event
With the addition of a CIC3*, CIC2* and CIC1* to the Stable View Advanced Oktoberfest Horse Trials this fall, Attwood Equestrian Surfaces is busy creating a new arena to accommodate the expanding competition.
Tucked in between the covered arena and the “Silva” arena on the north side of the property, the new arena will also be incorporated into the cross country course design by Mark Phillips.
“It’s pretty heady how much has changed since we first came here to do the footing for the covered arena (Pinnacle) just a few years ago. Since then we have installed another 125,000 plus square feet of footing. The property just keeps expanding!” said Nick Attwood, president of AES. “Barry Olliff has quite a vision for his farm. Working with Mark, Richard Jeffries, Barry … it’s a game changer for the town of Aiken when you have this ‘A’ list team of people to work with.”
And the footing? A custom blend of EuroTex, made specifically for Stable View. EuroTex is a unique composition of Geopad felt and Cleff elasticated fibers combined with specially selected sand. The sand selection is very important taking in account climate and the amount of use the arena will see. The result is a stunningly consistent footing that provides just enough cushion, just enough grip, creating a truly safe surface.
EuroTex is also the footing used in the “Silva” arena and the Attwood International Competition Arena.
Want to know more about the most advanced footing solutions on the market today please call Attwood Equestrian Surfaces at 888-461-7788.