I love nothing more than a hard working kid riding their heart out, and especially when it comes to kids like Addie Neumeyer. We’ve featured Addie before, because she’s a super determined rider who also makes time to volunteer at events, and luckily Lee Ann Zobbe sent us an adorable new photo series and story as an update.
Addie just turned 9 years old, and so far this year she has volunteered at Pine Top Farm Advanced Horse Trials, at Pony Club activities, and was a member of the hospitality crew and showjumping crew at the Indiana Eventing Association Horse Trials.
U.S. Weekend Preview:
Great Vista H.T. [Website]
Golden Spike H.T. [Entry Status/Ride Times]
News From Around the Globe:
Massive congratulations to our very own Marilyn Payne for being chosen as the President of the Ground Jury for Rio 2016!! Marilyn announced via her Facebook last night that she will be President for the Olympic games, judging alongside Sandy Phillips and Andrew Benne, with Alex Lochore as the Technical Delegate. Way to go!
Have you entered JUMP 2015?? Um, if you haven’t, why not? Sharon White’s Last Frontier Farm is hosting it’s annual amazing super fun derby cross event and fundraiser, and you should be putting it on your calendar. Held on July 4th this year, there are divisions from Elementary through Preliminary, and awards for the most patriotic and the most orange will be available as well. It’s always tons of fun, and a great way to start your Independence Day celebrations. You can enter online through June 29th. [JUMP!]
If you’re anything like me, you’ve been stalking everything American Pharoah for weeks now. I adore this horse’s kind eye and sweet attitude, because that’s a pretty uncommon thing for horses that are that good at that level in any sport. He seems like such a lovely animal, and his athletic accomplishments cannot be denied. For the horsemen and women who work behind the scenes developing horses for the track, his victory in the Triple Crown was especially poignant, and Carleigh Fedorka wrote an incredible blog about her experience and her relationship with American Pharoah. [A Voice From The Farm]
Everybody has a few…unorthodox…tricks up their sleeve for fixing naughty hands or flimsy legs or some other weird riding habit. Chronicle blogger Lauren Spreiser posted a photo of her ghetto fabulous baling twine neck strap (to encourage low, quiet hands) and received an extraordinary response. Her follow up is this blog, which is entertaining as always. [Tie Me Up]
I’ve had a hell of a bad few months for foot soreness with Nyls, and I had to find some new solutions to helping him through some crummy luck. I ended up pulling his front shoes after a failed experiment with pads to protect his flat pancake feet, and now he’s stuck on stall rest while his feet rest and recuperate. The only problem is, he’s a nightmare to keep on stall rest, so I had to figure a way to give him some turnout while protecting his tootsies. Enter the Cavallo Simple Boot, which offers all-terrain protection and shock absorption for his bare feet. I’ve been super impressed with the durability, fit, and function of these, and I’m so glad I bought them, because they can be re-used in times of lost shoes in the future. [SmartPak Product of The Day]