Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

How’s everyone’s meal-planning going? Good? Over here in England, I’m gearing up for one of my favourite social media stalking days of the year — the day when I can silently and savagely judge everyone’s meals from afar. You’re putting marshmallows on what, sorry?!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Pine Top Thanksgiving H.T. (Thompson, GA): [Website] [Ride Times] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]


Wednesday News & Reading List:

How lucky are we — by which I mean eventing fans generally — to still get to cheer William Fox-Pitt on at the top levels? We’re even luckier, I reckon, to learn so much from him, whether that’s through his frequent magazine columns, his candour in interviews, and the many training books and clinics he’s been a part of. The FEI has rounded up some of their favourite snippets of wisdom from the maestro — and they’re all worth remembering!

It’s almost time for a fresh new year of competition, and with that comes new and revised rules. Catch up on USEF’s key rule changes in this handy primer.

We’re delighted to hear that 2010 Badminton winner Paul Tapner is back in the saddle, over a year after a freak accident out hacking left him with a serious brain bleed. During his recovery, he said he’d never ride again — and though he’s still firm in his decision not to get back to competition, he’s enjoying riding several horses at home, including his former five-star mount Bonza King of Rouges. Welcome back, Taperz!

Watch This:

Have you ever fancied diving into the rich history of the USET Headquarters in Gladstone, New Jersey? (I certainly have ever since I gobbled up Animal Planet’s Horsepower: The Road to the Maclay, truly the most mediocre bit of television ever made, as a tween.) Horse&CountryTV have released a new documentary feature on the iconic facility, which is available as part of your membership — so click here to sort out your evening entertainment!

Video Break:

I’m already deep in my daydreams about next summer’s trip to Rome for the World Championships. Time to rewatch Bettina Hoy‘s record-breaking test in 2002 — which scored a 20.8, or a 13.8 in today’s scoring. Can anyone come close next year?