One travel essential for the riders repping the U.S. at Pratoni this week is the portable Haygain HG One steamer — plus, it makes an excellent spot to shoot the cover for your next album of questionable quality obscure pop covers.
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Speaking of Pratoni, you have until midnight Eastern time tonight to enter our Pratoni Pick ‘Em and Win contest! You could win a massive prize pack featuring a bucket of Kentucky Performance Products goodies, a $100 gift card from Ocala Horse Properties, a 2-in-1 Iconic Equestrian saddle pad from Achieve Equine, and a bundle of EN merch from Dapplebay. Your assignment is to correctly predict the gold medal-winning team and individual at World Championships this week. [Ready to play? Click here!]
Let’s hear it for the winners of this year’s Area 8 championships! Held at the Park Equine Kentucky Classique earlier this month, the Area 8 championships crowned seven winners. [Meet the Champions]
A judge has rule that Michael Barisone will remain in custody so he can receive continued mental health treatment at a New Jersey psychiatric hospital. The dressage trainer was found not guilty of attempted murder on account of insanity earlier this year. [Read the full story]
Riders the world over continue to pay tribute after the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II ahead of her funeral service next week. A lifelong equestrian and horse lover, Her Majesty will forever be loved for, among many other things, her affinity for animals. [Riders pay tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth]
Michael Jung could well be poised to take the individual gold for Germany at this week’s World Championships, reclaiming the title he won back in 2010. But how did he get where he is? And how can we emulate his success? [Tips from Michael Jung]
Wednesday Video Break
Just a bit of cool footage from the 1998 World Equestrian Games held at Pratoni del Vivaro (scroll through the Instagram post to see the video!):