There are two tickets to Paris up for grabs this weekend as Group Nations F and G take on the CCI3*-L at Millstreet, Ireland in their bid for an Olympic slot. So far, nine countries have qualified – France (as host nation), Germany, USA, New Zealand, Great Britain, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland and Poland. This weekend, teams from Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Oceania will get their turn to book their flights to France.
One team hoping for big weekend is team China. Take a look at how 2021 Chinese National Champion Bao Yingfeng is preparing.
And that’s not all the Olympic action at Millstreet – there’s more! The FEI Eventing Nations Cup is running alongside the 4*-S competition and there are Olympic qualification points to be scored. As such, there’s a strong international entry with more than ten nations represented, including the USA and Great Britain.
Aller concours complet à Paris!
U.S. Weekend Preview
Wednesday News and Reading
USEA reminder that letters of intent are required for the Adult Team Championships at the American Eventing Championships. There will be a Modified level included this year in addition to the usual Beginner Novice, Novice, Training and Preliminary classes. All ATC riders must submit their letter of intent before July 18th. [Everything You Need to Know]
The UK Jockey Club has been granted an injunction against Animal Rising. Despite this, the protest group say they will continue with their plans to prevent the Epsom Derby from happening this weekend. The court acknowledged the potential danger the protests may cause to horses and humans, citing specifically that the young, inexperienced horses contesting the race should be protected from unnecessary upset – such as a delay to the race, as happened when protesters attempted to glue and handcuff themselves to the Grand National fences at Aintree last month. Should members of the animal rights group breach the injunction, they risk fines and imprisonment. [Horse Racing in the High Court]
Putting on a riding helmet is second nature for many equestrians, but it hasn’t always been that way, and still isn’t in some cases. Protective clothing in extreme sports has – like almost all things – evolved over time. From top hats to skull caps, equestrian headgear wasn’t always about protecting our noggins. [Helmet History]
In 1983 a lady in London saw the headline – ‘Doomed! 100 horses left to die’ – and a horse sanctuary was born. In celebration of its 40th year, Remus Horse Sanctuary in Essex is asking people to come up with novel ways they can raise £40 (about $50) for the charity. From riding 40 miles or doing 40 minutes of zumba, to washing 40 cars or baking 40 cookies, there’s an idea out there for everyone. [#NeverBornToDie]
Check out the oldest saddle, ever. Thought to be well over 2000 years old, the saddle was discovered in a tomb with the remains of a woman, where it was ‘placed on her buttocks as though she was seated on it’. Now that’s an eternal horse girl. [(Really) Old Tack]
We Read Horse Books has teamed up with Horse Book Authors for a reading program sure to get horsey kids’ noses in some books this summer. With suggested reading lists for kids from pre-K to YA, and everything from picture books to novels, non-fiction and STEM related activities, it’s a great way for kids to keep up with their learning in a fun way over the summer break. [A Leg Up for Reading]
Don’t start your business from scratch– this farm is already producing income!
🏫 Four 10-Stall Barns
🚐 17 RV Hook-Ups
🐴 New Jumping Arena with Sand Base
This week I decided to try Yellowstone again. I know, I’m a whole while late to the party. In my defense, I did actually start it in a timely fashion, but when it got to the bit where there was the road accident and a horse in the trailer, I made my husband turn it off. Yes, the bit in the first episode right before the opening theme tune. I made it further this time around before too many things grossed me out / made me sad / smashed the rose-tinted glasses I have for all things cowboy into a trillion pieces and I shut it down once more. Now, I may cowboy up an awful lot better if I had one of these in front of the TV… (The horse, not the baby – although the baby is cute, I don’t see why babies should get all the fun toys).