This had to be one of my favorite stories from Maryland 5 Star last week. All day, each day, Jarret Ortega not only did his duties as security officer but also provided a wealth of encouragement and bonding as riders came up and down the chute from the main arena. By Sunday, Jerret was best buds with everyone from Will Coleman to eventual winner Tim Price, offering up fist bumps and hearty words of encouragement as each rider went in for their rides. I’m not sure if Jarret has ever experienced eventing before, but I’m certain he’s a fan for life now! Now, to get him on a horse, hmmm?? Major props to intrepid photographer Samantha Haynie for capturing the best series of the weekend!
U.S. Weekend Preview
Flora Lea Farm Mini Event (Medford, NJ): [Website]
Major International Events
We’re looking forward to following along with Liz Halliday-Sharp and Ocala Horse Properties’ Shanroe Cooley all week long at Mondial du Lion (more on our Instagram story!). But first, a look at how the Halliday-Sharp crew use Haygain for their horses:
Wednesday News & Reading
As usual, Capt. Mark Phillips shares his thoughts and analysis on the cross country and competition at last week’s Maryland 5 Star. An interesting nugget from his article: the show jumping cups used on Sunday were considerably more shallow than typically seen in eventing competition (18mm vs the usual 25mm). [Read Capt. Phillips’ analysis]
When you see a whole bunch of messiness on an x-ray, too often the prognosis isn’t great. But thanks to modern surgery methods and advancements in technology, all hope wasn’t lost when a 5-year-old racehorse presented with multiple fractures in one leg. Now, a full recovery is expected following surgery — could this mean hope for previously-catastrophic injuries? In some cases, perhaps. [Beyond the x-rays]
Tim and Jonelle Price’s team keep us up-to-date on their world travels, and if you haven’t read up on their blog yet you’re certainly missing out. Read more on Jonelle’s weekend at Oasby here and more on Tim’s Maryland win here.
Don’t forget! Nominations for the 2022 USEA Appreciation Awards close on October 28. This is a great opportunity to show gratitude for both those who have excelled in the saddle as well as those who support the sport in a non-riding capacity. [Nominate someone]
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Wednesday Video Break
Mustang cam! Ride along with Elisa Wallace and Eton and take a peek at the gorgeous TerraNova Equestrian Center while you’re at it: