I recently had the chance to take part in the great eventing migration south and although my trip was only a little over a week-long, it was an amazing experience. I left Middleburg, Virginia after work one afternoon with my dog wedged in the back seat of my trusty SUV amid every rain jacket I own, all of my show equipment, and a trunk full of fun items I had collected over the winter months. I reached Aiken sometime in the middle of the night (thanks to my roommate Ashley Kriegel for not minding the late arrival), but the 8-hour drive was painless knowing my destination was a week of eventing-bliss at Lynn Symansky Equestrian South.
With daylight at a premium in the winter I tend to use the dark evenings doing more online shopping than I really should. My websites of choice are of course SmartPak, Bit of Britain, VTO Saddlery, and a variety of other tack stores that I frequent all too often. I had accumulated a few fun things that I finally got to put to the test while competing in Aiken!
I am kind of a wimp when it comes to speed on cross-country so although I always feel like I am going way too fast, I am normally reprimanded for looking like I was out for a Sunday hack and not on cross-country after I cross the finish line. The Hi-one+ watch was super easy to use for my first time on course of the season. I didn’t even read any directions – just strapped it on and hit start as the timer told me to “have a great ride.” The watch came in black or white and there a ton of different wristband patterns and colors to match your cross-country outfit. The Hi-one+ beeped every minute and was intuitive to use when changing modes. Overall I give it two thumbs up and would recommend it for anyone looking for a new watch this season.
Hi-one+ retails for $99 and can be purchased from www.vtosaddlery.com
Professional’s Choice VenTECH Leather Open Front Jumping and Ankle Boots
My open front and ankle boots were in desperate need of being replaced and when Professional’s Choice launched their new boots, I jumped at the chance to try them. I went with the black VenTECH leather boots and was very happy with my decision. Immediately upon pulling them out of the packaging, I could tell they were well made and would be really comfortable for my horse. The leather boots are lined with a squishy neoprene that conformed easily and the mediums fit my 16 hand gelding perfectly. I tried them out for the first time at the Paradise Farm CT and anyone who was in Aiken that week knows that the entire town was underwater. Luckily the boots were very easy to clean after their mud bath on the show jumping course, and they look as good as new once again after a hosing down.
The front boots retail for $99.95 and the hinds for $71.95. They can be purchased directly from the Professional Choice website.
Red Oxx Flying Fortress Garment Bag
I don’t own a truck and trailer, so one of the biggest struggles I have when showing is easily transporting all of my gear into my trainer’s (or whoever was kind enough to give my horse a ride) trailer. I tend to want all of my items packed compactly so I can efficiently store it in the tack room and quickly get it out of the way when we arrive at the show. I have been on a longtime search for a bag that would hold all my clothing and safety equipment for every phase, and I finally found the answer in the form of the Red Oxx Flying Fortress Garment Bag. I stuffed it to the gills with my show jacket, body protector, two pairs of breeches, shirts, rain jackets, stock ties, two helmets, tall boots, and every other little item I would need for the event and still had room to throw in a bag of peppermints for my horse. The bag was stowed in the tack room without a problem and upon arrival I hung it on the outside of the trailer for easy access to everything I needed throughout the day. I would highly recommend it if you are looking for a heavy-duty equipment bag that can store the multiple outfit changes required for eventing.
The Red Oxx Flying Fortress Garment Bag is available on the Red Oxx website.
The 2020 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) East Coast Championships kicked off today at Loch Moy Farm in Adamstown, Maryland following the successful completion of the FEH Central Championships at Haras Hacienda in Magnolia, Texas this past Thursday. Twenty-three horses were presented today to Championship judges Robin Walker and Susan Graham White – four in the FEH East Coast 4-year-old Championship and 18 in the FEH East Coast 3-year-old Championship.
After a rainy night, the footing for the FEI cross-country drained nicely and held up well throughout the morning. Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp held on to her overnight lead aboard Fernhill By Night and added 4.8 time faults to her double clear show jumping round to take home the win in the CCI4*-S. Not one rider was able to make it through the finish flags within the time allowed, but the top 28 had no jumping penalties.
The CCI3*-S and CCI4*-S divisions were able to complete their show jumping before the torrential rain interrupted the competition for the CCI2*-S division.
The 2020 United States Eventing Association (USEA) Future Event Horse (FEH) Central Championships took place yesterday, September 24 at Haras Hacienda in Magnolia, Texas. With four new champions crowned, this marked one of the first USEA Championships to be held in 2020. Jayne Lloyd, the organizer of the Championships shared, “Everyone had a nice day with their youngsters. The quality of horses is getting better and better. Haras [Hacienda] is a lovely facility to put this on – great stabling, great footing, all indoor because we’ve had some bad weather the past few days. But overall, I think it all went really well.”