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In this issue:
Life in Lockdown
By Leslie Mintz
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the eventing world - forcing professional eventers into a new way of life and to get creative with their extra time. Find out how three professional eventers from across the country are staying busy and staying sane.
The Essentials of First Aid
By Claire Kelley
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic medical supplies are in demand, movement is restricted, and deliveries are delayed, which makes keeping a well-stocked first aid kit is more important than ever.
Considerations for Building Cross-Country Jumps at Home
By Jessica Duffy
If you are looking to build safe cross-country jumps at home, what are some of the considerations you need to take into account before you actually start building?
Power and Reliability
By Sam Watson
EquiRatings shares two of the easiest numbers to capture your performance and why you should use them.
Horse Health: 4 Steps to Healthy Hooves
On The Bookshelf: Equestrian Life: The Animal Chronicles by Ellie E. Johnson
Grid Pro Quo with Peter Gray
Worth The Trust Grant Update with Greta Hallgren
Know Your Rules: Help, I Learned the Wrong Dressage Test!
Day in the Life: Beck Ratte
Member Memos: Make Earning An Eventing Medal Your Goal
All the major contenders passed the eventing final horse inspection at the Tokyo Olympics and will carry on to contest the show jumping phase in a few hours’ time.
The ground jury (Nick Burton, GBR, Christina Klingspor, SWE, and the U.S.A.’s Jane Hamlin) and vets only failed to accept one horse - Fantastic Frieda, ridden by Poland’s Joanna Pawlak, who had completed the cross-country in 41st place with a refusal and 25.2 time-faults.
The FEI has announced that the Swiss horse Jet Set, ridden by Robin Godel has had to be euthanized after pulling up extremely lame on the Sea Forest Cross Country Course during Equestrian Eventing at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on August 1, 2021.
In 2002, at the age of 15, I was at my Aunt and Uncle’s farm in Maine while Tremaine Cooper was there building some cross-country jumps. I helped him build a trakehner, not realizing that this day would set the course for my future. A few weeks later he called asking if I could help him at Millbrook Horse Trials. From there I helped Tremaine during most of my school vacations and throughout the summers. After graduating high school I kept at it never looking back. I lived the gypsy lifestyle for about six years going from coast to coast and event to event. In 2013 my wife Kathryn and I settled down in Lexington, Kentucky. These days I spend roughly 60-75 percent of my time on the road preparing events or building private schooling areas. I’ve had the privilege of being involved with some really great events around the states and have cultivated many friendships all over the country. In 2019 I was asked to be a part of Team Evans Olympic cross-country building crew. As I write this I am on my third trip to Tokyo. Here’s a day in Tokyo . . .
The British team cemented their gold medal position at the Tokyo Olympics with three magnificent cross-country performances, all clear inside the time. Added to that, their first rider, Oliver Townend, holds pole position individually after the dressage leader, Germany’s Michael Jung, picked up 11 penalties for triggering a frangible device.