I’m still just so happy I was able to make it to EQUITANA USA this year, and some of the people I was lucky enough to meet really made it an unforgettable weekend. The exhibition and trade show focused around a theme of “Discovering Diversity”, showcasing the brilliant variety of horse sports and disciplines as well as the enthusiasts who also represent a wide variety of backgrounds. We get so stuck in a bubble, following one sport the majority of the time — this was a nice reminder that our world is just one small part of a larger universe revolving around a common thread of love of the horse.
U.S. Weekend Preview
Major International Events
Wednesday Reading List:
The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials will have a new Event Director at the helm after the appointment of Martyn Johnson. Prior to accepting this position, Martyn served as Event Director for Burgham International as well as Sport Director for the Event Rider Masters series. More on the appointment here.
Nominations are now open for the 2021 USEA Appreciation Awards! These awards were created as an opportunity for the eventing community to recognize and honor people who have served the sport tirelessly both in a non-riding capacity and riding capacity. The deadline for submitting nominations is October 31 — you can find a description of the awards acceptation nominations and more information on how to submit here.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to vote for our eventing friends (particularly supergroom Stephanie Simspon!) in the 2021 FEI Awards — learn more here.
The application deadline for the Strides for Equality Equestrians Ever So Sweet scholarship is rapidly approaching! Have you applied yet? Learn more here.
Morven Park riders: be sure to take advantage of several course walk opportunities at the inaugural CCI4*-L and Horse Trials this weekend. Walk the CCI4* track with Phyllis Dawson on Friday, October 8 and the Novice, Training and Preliminary courses with Lisa Bauman, Lynn Symansky and Meghan O’Donoghue, respectively on Saturday, October 9. Times for all walks are TBA — click here to learn more.
See who will be representing the on-fire Team GB at this weekend’s Nation’s Cup leg, happening at Boekelo.
International show jumper Mavis Spencer recently took up steaming hay for her string of competition horses. It was a groom’s perspective that helped turn her on to the idea, and soon she saw for herself how beneficial the steamed hay was, especially when her horses were on the road traveling to shows. Read more in this Haygain blog.
Ever wondered what it’s like to be an eventing influencer? H&C+ followed along with four eventing stars as they venture to training camp for a new series available worldwide on the H&C+ platform. New episodes every two weeks, and the first is already up and ready for watching. Click here to sign up — it’s well worth it!
Wednesday Video Break:
Take a look at the beautiful grounds hosting Boekelo’s CCIO4*-L this weekend:
WHAT A VIEW 👀
From the stables to the main area 🙏🏻
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Posted by Military Boekelo – Enschede on Tuesday, October 5, 2021