Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Andreas Dibowski and FRH Corrida (GER). Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Horse show hangover is REAL, you guys. I am in complete strugglesville this week and I wasn’t even at WEG in person! Thank goodness we have Plantation Field to get us through this next weekend. Phew.

National Holiday: International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Major Events This Week:

Plantation Field International CIC [Website] [Schedule] [Entries] [Dressage Ride Times] [Live Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Twin Rivers Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Aspen Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Marlborough H.T [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]
Flora Lea Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]
MeadowCreek Park H.T – The Fall Social Event [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]
FEH Qualifier at Loch Moy Farm [Website] [Entry Status] [Times]
FEH Championships at Loch Moy Farm [Website] [Entry Status] [Times]

Wednesday News and Notes:

Applications for the 2019 Worth the Trust Educational and Sports Psychology Scholarships are due in two weeks on Monday, October 1. Scholarships are earmarked for young adults and adult amateurs to provide financial assistance for the purpose of pursuing continued education in eventing. [Two Weeks Left to Submit Your Worth the Trust Scholarship Applications]

It’s a British invasion! And what was it like being a Brit on the grounds at Tryon to witness their eventing gold? Horse & Hound’s eventing editors tell us.[Pippa Roome’s WEG blog: Ros Canter, world champion? I still can’t quite believe it]

What does Allison Springer look for in a young event horse prospect? She tells us as she takes a look and tells us what she likes about at a four-year-old OTTB. [OTTB Critique Presented by Athletux: Uno]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week – The Importance of Drainage

No doubt about it this has been a rainy spring for most of the East Coast. But no matter where you live, we have all seen the negative effects of too much rain on a poorly constructed arena.

An arena’s drainage system is your first line of defense when the skies open up. Every outdoor should have the minimum of at least one designed French drain INSIDE the arena. Why inside? So that the water does not have to go under or over kickboards to drain away, washing away your footing creating gullies and puddles.

Designing your drainage system is as important as the choice of footing you put in your arena. Ideally your drainage system should let the water leave in a steady consistent manner.

The drainage system should reflect the use of the arena. If the arena cannot have any downtime, more drainage should be incorporated which translates into more maintenance of the footing. More watering and more dragging ensures the footing stays in tip-top shape.

There are always trade offs in creating a perfect riding surface. That’s why riders like Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin turn to Attwood for their expertise and scientifically proven formulas. Have any footing questions or photos you want to share? Attwood Equestrian Surfaces will be happy to post them on their Facebook and Instagram account. Just email them to [email protected].