The U.S. sends a promising group into this week’s FEI Nations Cup at CDIO3* Hickstead, running July 31-August 3. The team of Katherine Bateson-Chandler, Susie Dutta, Brian Hafner, and Lisa Wilcox, led by Chef d’Equipe Debbie McDonald, have drawn third in the order of five international teams. Nations Cup competition kicks off Thursday with the first day of Grand Prix competition, and continues Friday with the second half of the combinations performing the FEI Grand Prix Test. The 2014 victors will be crowned on Saturday following the FEI Grand Prix Special, as overall team scores will be calculated by the top three scores in Grand Prix being weighted equally with the top three scores from the Special.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy held a ceremony at Locket’s Meadow Farm in Bethany, CT, on July 29, 2013, with farmers and other stakeholders from the state’s agricultural community to commemorate the passage of a new state law that protects the owners and handlers of domesticated horses from a recent court ruling by making it clear in state statute that the animals do not possess a “naturally mischievous or vicious propensity.”
Those who were present Saturday at the CSI5* competition in the Glock, were able to witness a true show-jumping spectacle. 38 top athletes entered the 1.55 m high world ranking jumping competition aiming for victory. The path to it was a one-off jump off and the quality of the top-notch starting group was proven in the moment of ruling.
Monadnock’s mountainside, along with its mythic allure, has great forest beauty and an absorbing early history. For a rider there is no better way to meet all three of these qualities than on a willing trail horse. Recently Grand View estate of Jaffrey, New Hampshire, has revisited its eighteenth-century dirt roads and trails, smoothing and bridging to make a superb network of riding trails.
There are six nutrients every horse needs, and the most important—and probably most overlooked—is water.
With temperatures currently soaring, it’s not only imperative horses have access to water at all times but also that it’s clean and fresh. Check the water daily for debris, manure, dead animals and other contaminants, and dump and scrub down the trough and water buckets often.