Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

Now that eventing is finished, jumping kicked off in Tokyo yesterday with the individual qualifiers. The top 30 from qualifiers advance to the medal-deciding final round which takes place at 7:00 p.m. JST/6:00 a.m. EDT today. Unfortunately, none of the Team USA horses and riders were able to qualify for individual final. They’ll have another chance in the team competition, which will begin at  7:00 p.m. JST/ 6:00 a.m. EDT Friday, August 6. [A Costly Day for Team USA in Individual Jumping Qualifier]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Millbrook H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Hoosier Horse Trials: [Website]

Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T.: [Website]

Cobblestone Farms H.T. II: [Website]

River Glen Summer H.T.: [Website]

Fair Hill International Recognized H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Spring Gulch H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Steffen Peters and Suppenkasper, now known across the internet as Rave Horse, continue to main stream media waves. From dressage freestyles to women’s artistic gymnastics floor exercise routines to, new this year, skateboard parks, music has played an interesting role in the Olympics and has an equally interesting history. [At the Tokyo Olympics, it’s gymnasts, skateboarders and even horses turning up the volume]

We all know who Jessica Springsteen is, but have you met her horse? Don Juan van de Donhoeve was bred in Belgium by Gustaaf Quintelier and originally sold to a Belgian show jumper before being imported to the US and arriving at Jessica’s farm in New Jersey. While the Quintelier family kinda-storta knew Bruce Springsteen’s music, it’s not the peripheral fame that their horse has landed in that delights them, but what a wonderful horsewoman their horse ended up with. [Born to jump: The story of Don Juan van de Donkhoeve, Jessica Springsteen’s equestrian horse]

That old adage of getting back o the horse after you fall off probably isn’t that great for your noggin. While we all understand sentiment behind it and the importance of resiliency in equestrianism, your brain needs time to safely recover after concussion or the next fall could result in worse damage. [For brain health, don’t get straight back in the saddle after a horse fall]

Wednesday Video: Here’s your quick primer on all the nations with teams competing in jumping: