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Last week, 12 riders from Cool Ridings, the program founded by Lydia Heywood to encourage more diverse youth to pursue opportunities within the sport, enjoyed a day of training with Italian three-time Olympian Vittoria Panizzon with support from Ariat. It’s a really cool program Lydia’s got going in the UK — you can learn more about Cool Ridings here.
U.S. Weekend Preview
Wednesday News & Reading
Want to stay in the know for all things revolving around the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event and Badminton Horse Trials? We’ll be sending out our Daily Digest email beginning Monday, April 25 for Kentucky and Tuesday, May 3 for Badminton. It’s the best place to keep up with our coverage and all of the latest news from the big spring 5* events — and, it’s free! We’ll also be giving out prizes (think exclusive EN merch and sponsor goodies!) throughout each event, so you definitely don’t want to miss out. Sign up here.
The 2022 Intercollegiate Eventing Championships are just one month away! This event has grown in popularity so much in recent years that it nearly reminds me of the old NAJYRC days — but with even more team/school spirit. The Championships will be held at Bouckaert Farm (Chattahoochee Hills) in Fairburn, Ga., May 21-22. Find out more here.
Results from a 2021 study on equine body temperature and heat patterns as they correlate to exercise were recently summarized on TheHorse.com, and the findings are interesting. Using a variety of testing scenarios instead of a controlled, treadmill environment used for most laboratory studies, this study found data suggesting that conventional standards for cooling down may not apply as universally as we think. You can read more here and find the full study papers here.
In World Equestrian Brands’ new blog series, “1% Better”, top riders are sharing the ways they make small differences to improve their performance and wellbeing. The series launched with advice on rider fitness from Canadian 4* eventer Jill Thomas-Smith, who also competes at the upper levels of dressage and show jumping. Read it here.
We’ll have a full list of our sponsors’ deals and events happening at Kentucky (and Badminton!) coming your way early next week, but for now we’ll let you in on a secret: there’s going to be a lot of fun things going on at the Haygain booth next weekend! Think autograph signings with two very popular riders, a veterinary Q&A session, AND a big giveaway. Definitely put them on your list of stops on your shopping tour — they’ll be at booth 100 indoors. If you get lost, just follow the smell of the steamed hay that’s always at a Haygain demo booth!
Wednesday Video Break
There’s one fence that has a lot of fans chattering after reading through Tilly’s Badminton course preview: that vintage Broken Bridge. Take a look at how this new “old” fence was built: