Wednesday News & Notes from Ocala Horse Properties

We are delighted to welcome to Twemlows, Cavalier Crystal to take up the Land Rover Burghley Twemlows Embryo Transfer…

Posted by Twemlows Hall Stud Farm AI & ET Centre on Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Not only did Harry Meade’s Cavalier Crystal smash her first CCI5* with a third place at Defender Burghley, but she was also the highest placed mare, and – as she’s permanently based in Britain – won the Twemlows Scholarship for two embryo transfers. This week, the mare’s owner, Charlotte Opperman, took Twemlows up on the opportunity to have a baby Cavalier Crystal, and potentially a future 5* winner.

Just a gentle reminder that it’s World Gratitude Day tomorrow, so be grateful, and go eventing.

U.S. Weekend Preview

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Wednesday News and Reading

TRHC/USEA cross country schooling is happening this weekend. Running from 9am-3pm, with last registration at 2pm, there will be the chance to school the water complex as well as other jumps, up through Training Level. [Find Out More]

British-based Italian eventer Giovanni Ugolotti is looking for a groom / working pupil. Based at Cranford Stud in Gloucestershire, UK, there’s the chance to take your own horse with you too. Find out more, and how to apply. [Eventing Opportunity]

As China’s Alex Hua Tian prepares for an Asian Games on home soil, he looks back at his decade with his horse of a lifetime, Don Geniro. ‘The Don’ retired from eventing earlier this year and is now enjoying life as a Junior dressage schoolmaster, but Alex will never forget all that this special horse did for his career, and for the sport of eventing in China. After finishing 8th at the Rio Olympics competing as individuals, Alex and Don Geniro took on Tokyo as as part of the first Chinese eventing team in Olympic history. In 2016, The Don was voted EquiRatings Horse of the Year, thanks to a massive amount of votes hailing from China, with Alex crediting his special horse with inspiring a new, Chinese audience for eventing. The equestrian events at the Asian games kick off on September 26th and run through October 6th. [The Don Done Good]

Area VI Adult Rider camp gets down to the serious business of eventing with a healthy dose of fun and camaraderie. Hosted at Twin Rivers with training by Andrea Baxter and Kaylawna Smith-Cook (daughter of World No. 5 Tamie Smith), the camp brings together amateur eventers in a supportive space for a shared experience that has lasting impact. Mom and daughter duo Erna P. Adelson and Erna L. Adelson decided to hitch up and head to camp this year, and came away having learned some lessons about their riding and their horses, and much more. [Happy Campers]

I read an article the other day which questioned the ethics of pet ownership. It suggests that – however unintentionally – we almost always place limitations on the animals we keep. As a multi-cat household, with a small flock of rescue hens and ducks in my backyard and dreams of horses out there too someday, it made me consider how well I meet the needs of my animal family, and whether I benefit more from our relationship than the animals I care for. I can’t agree that humans shouldn’t share their lives with animals, but whilst I’m a yes to some kinds of pets, I am a hard no to others. There’s no denying that I’m guilty of anthropomorphizing my feline family – they’re my best friends – but I’d say our relationship is pretty codependent – it’s definitely their choice to cry if I shut them out of the bathroom and to spend their nights sleeping right on top of me (all five of them). It has got me thinking though, and when the time comes, I shall make sure I see myself as a horse keeper, rather than a horse owner. I’ll still be Mommy to my cats though. [Pets and People]

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Video Break

The fall edition of Strzegom Horse Trials in Poland happened last week, with Germany taking the podium. Felix Etzel found himself in pole position and Anna Siemer claimed both silver and bronze. Australian eventer extraordinaire Andrew Hoy made the trip to Europe with Cadet De Beliard for the gelding’s first 4*, finishing in 7th place . Ride with Andrew ‘round the cross country with this helmet cam from sunny Strzegom.

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