Please join us in welcoming the 2023 Setters’ Run Farm Carolina International CCI & H.T. to the Eventing Nation family of partners! We’re getting keyed up for the upcoming International, celebrating its 10th anniversary March 16-19 in Raeford, NC. A key stop on the Land Rover Kentucky prep calendar as well as a popular stopover for riders competing at other FEI levels and moving up the National levels, Carolina International always seems to help usher in a bustling international eventing season here in the U.S. and this year, due to calendar modifications, is the first 4*-S of the year.
We’ll be bringing you much more about Carolina as we approach, including content about this year’s incoming title sponsor, Setters’ Run Farm — you may recognize the name as associated with super eventing supporter Annie Eldridge, who among other things decorating her busy schedule owns horses for FEI World Championships rider Ariel Grald.
We’re just one week removed from the kick off of the new calendar year’s worth of competing — hang in there, score-stalking junkies!
Wednesday News & Reading
This week marks the beginning of the new EA21 National Camp, hosted in Ocala via the USEA’s Emerging Athlete 21 program. 19 young riders are taking part in this weeklong National Camp via invitation after participation in the various regional camps around the country. David O’Connor was the coach tapped for the first day of instruction, which saw the riders working on fundamentals, critical thinking, and practical application. [Focusing on Fundamentals on Day One of EA21 National Camp]
As winter hits Ukraine, the Ukrainian Equestrian Charity Foundation is seeking donations of hay and blankets as it continues to provide aid to those fleeing or otherwise affected by the ongoing war with Russia. [UECF Seeks Hay and Blankets]
If you’re in Ocala this winter, you can check out the return of a popular schooling jumper series hosted at a collection of farms in the area. The series kicks off at Will Coleman’s this week and rotates to Sara Kozumplik’s Overlook South next week. [Check out the full schedule]
“No horse, no hoof” will never not ring true, and this theory applies in a recent study conducted by PhD candidate Yogi Sharp, Dipl. WCF, BSc (Hons). His goal was to test the notion that hind hoof balance has much to do with the overall musculoskeletal posture and health of the horse. “I just wanted to specifically test the theory of the hoof being a neurosensory organ that informs posture because, you know, that’s been suggested, but no one’s ever actually quantified or tested it,” Sharp said to TheHorse.com. [Correcting Hind Hoof Balance Could Fix Whole-Horse Issues]
Wednesday Video Break
Since we’re in a Carolina mood today, here’s a throwback helmet cam from Elisa Wallace and Simply Priceless in 2018: