SRF Carolina International is ready!
The competitors are familiarizing themselves with the ring, Ian Stark’s cross country course is being walked, the welcome party drinks are on ice, and the giant checks are waiting to be filled out.
5* event rider Ariel Grald, is doing a course walk of the 4* cross country at 1pm (EDT) today (Wednesday) and make sure you’ve got your Eventing Manager team locked in before the competition kicks off down the center line with dressage tomorrow (Thursday) at 9am EDT (6am PDT, 8am CDT, 1pm GMT).
For those of us not able to be there but with Carolina in our mind, all of the action will be live streamed on H&C+ (subscription required). You can follow along with the live scores here.
The EN team – headed up by Chinch – are in situ ready to share all the news and excitement from the event. Make sure you’re following @carolinainternationalcci and @goeventing for all the latest photos and updates.
Whose names will be on those giant checks come Saturday evening? Will you make it into the top 10 on the Eventing Manager leaderboard? How many trading cards will Chinch collect?
U.S. Weekend Preview
SRF Carolina International CCI and H.T. (Hoke County, NC) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]
Ocala Winter II (Ocala, FL) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]
Pine Top Spring H.T (Thomson, GA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]
Ram Tap National H.T. (Fresno, CA) [Website] [Volunteer] [Entries / Ride Times / Scoring]
Wednesday News and Reading
When an old friend meets a new one – Charlotte Dujardin’s baby is starting out at the stables early. This Instagram post by Charlotte just makes your heart smile. [Valegro, Meet Isabella]
Emily Hamel’s had an eventful couple of weekends. Last weekend she was tearing up the cross country at the Grand-Prix Eventing Festival, this weekend she was in the ER after a horse took a chunk out of her ear. So whatever randomness your day throws at you today, at least a horse didn’t bite half your ear off. Hope you feel better soon Emily! [Ouch!]
What happens when artists are asked to depict the uniqueness of Thoroughbred racing? Well, just take a look at the entries for this year’s The Art of Racing program, run by 1/ST and the Maryland Jockey Club, partnered with the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Artists from across the country have been submitting their work and now it’s time for the public to vote for their favorites. The entries are as individual as the horses they depict, and there are some very cool interpretations of the sport. [Get Your Art Critic Hat on and Cast Your Vote]
And the Oscar goes to… Jenny the donkey! There is some debate over whether the Jenny that graced the stage at the Dolby Theatre in LA was in fact one of the two donkey stars of Oscar-nominated film ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’, but it was cool to see a donkey at the Oscars all the same. [Best Donkey]
A horse’s legs are kind of vital, so it’s important we take care of them after they’ve worked their socks off for us. We need to know what to be aware of and what to do post-workout if we want to take the best care of our horse’s legs we possibly can. From leg inspections to icing, liniments, poltices and wrapping, paying attention to our horse’s limbs pays dividends both in the short and long-term. [Post-workout Leg Care] And on the topic of icing, here’s one way to do it! [Ice Ice Baby!]
Wondering when to introduce your foals to dry feed? It’s baby time here in the Welsh countryside and whilst it’s lovely to look around at all the cuteness popping out in the fields, it also comes with a fair bit of responsibility. Like parenting a child, there are milestones to be mindful of. Knowing what to feed your foal and when is an important part of aiding the little one’s growth and development. Karen Davison PhD from The Horse has the answer. [Feeding Foals]
We were hoping to see them Stateside, but Charlotte Fry and Glamourdale won’t be contesting the 2023 Dressage World Cup Finals. After winning the final leg of the Western European League, Great Britain’s ‘Lottie’ and Glamourdale booked their place in Omaha for the World Cup Finals, but it turns out that Glamourdale has important business to attend to at home – he’s needed on breeding duty. A shame for the spectators but we’ll continue drooling over videos of their stunning Freestyle instead. [Dad Duties For Glamourdale]
The day we’ve all been waiting for is here! Will you be tuning in to Eventing Nation to keep up with the action from Carolina International?
When it comes to National Napping Day, who other than Boyd Martin’s Thomas (Tsetserleg) to show us how it’s done?