Wednesday News & Notes from Ecovet

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Andrew Hoy has sadly reported the passing of one of his well-known partners, Master Monarch, this week. Andrew paid tribute to Master Monarch on social media, touching on many of the incredible moments they shared together:

“Master Monarch, owned by Tom Attwood, passed away at the wonderful age of 29 today.

He has been an incredible horse and we have enjoyed many fabulous events & successes together, with 2006 certainly being the ‘standout year’ in our partnership:

We started the season on winning the CCI4* (now CCI5*-L) at Kentucky / USA [Kentucky Three Day Event] and then won Bronze with the Australian Team at the [CHIO Aachen] World Equestrian Games later that year.

Our journey took us around many of the major events and alongside top 3 placings at both Badminton and Burghley he also won the World Cup Event in Fontainebleau and Marbach.

I am so very thankful to his owner for giving me the chance to ride such a wonderful horse and for the very special times we had together.
So many beautiful memories.

Rest in peace, my friend.”

National Holiday: April Fool’s, which almost seems cruel at this point. However, April Fool’s is one of EN’s most revered holidays. In honor of this day, here’s a look at a story that I had a lot of fun writing a few years back.

What’s the story behind the medals U.S. Eventing has collected? Take a deep dive into the history books, starting with the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm, and learn about each medal won through the years by the American team. [History of U.S. Eventing Medals]

Need resources to navigate the coronavirus pandemic? US Equestrian maintains a robust guide and resource list for equine professionals and riders affected by the outbreak. Keep this page bookmarked. [US Equestrian Coronavirus Resources]

Maryland 5 Star Competition Director Mary Coldren certainly knows her way around a three-day event. A huge supporter of the sport through her work at Fair Hill International and elsewhere, Mary was recently featured in the Maryland Sports Commission newsletter as a recognition of her ongoing efforts. [Women In Sports: Mary Coldren]

Badminton Horse Trials Director Jane Tuckwell is no stranger to cancellations. Faced with the coronavirus pandemic and the forced cancellation of this year’s Badminton, Jane reflects on the difficult decision that comes at no small cost to anyone involved. [Director’s Blog: Jane Tuckwell]

Wednesday Video: Since this week would be The Fork week, let’s relive 2019 with Doug Payne and Quantum Leap in the CCI4*-S.

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