Eventing – Rio 2016

Pan Am Games (13)
Tudor Robins getting up close to one of the obstacles on the cross-country course at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am games.

You know there’s eventing at Rio right?

Well here are a couple of stories – the first one addresses what we should do if we want it to stay:

While the second one talks about what could happen if it doesn’t:

What do you think? Are the Olympics good for eventing? Is eventing good for the Olympics? Will you be watching?

We love hearing your points of view!

Round Up – July 3

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This week is a different kind of Round Up, because it’s about an actual Round Up!

Tudor Robins spent the day at the Wolfe Island Round Up and it was fantastic.

Here are a few pics:

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Waiting and watching.

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An action shot from the “Even” pen.

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Why’s everybody chasing me?

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Horses everywhere!

If you’re ever near the island on the Canada Day / Fourth of July long weekend, this is a great annual event – easy-going but very well-organized and with great food – meaning even non-horsey members of the family are happy to sit and watch.

More to come next week, and remember – we want your Round Up tips too! What are you reading about? What horsey news is taking place where you live? Please email us!

Round Up – June 19

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Let’s start off with a “No. Way.” moment. Check out this listing for a $13M horse farm in Mexico. Don’t have time to click through? OK, we’ll just tell you below is a picture of the horse wading pool …

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In this post-Belmont week, a couple of stories caught Mara Dabrishus’s eye:

Finally, a couple of weeks ago we featured a post about riding bridleless – here’s another amazing and inspirational “bridle-optional” story:

More to come next week, and remember – we want your Round Up tips too! What are you reading about? What horsey news is taking place where you live? Please email us!

Round Up – June 12

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There’s just something about Shetlands, and now there’s some really interesting research to read about them:

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Our first recommendation for this week is:

From serious research we move to a couple of sweet, funny, horsey posts written by our own Kim Ablon Whitney. Enjoy!

More to come next week, and remember – we want your Round Up tips too! What are you reading about? What horsey news is taking place where you live? Please email us!

Round Up – June 5

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Everybody’s watching eventing these days! Even Kate Middleton (and George, and Charlotte), who spent last weekend at the Houghton Hall Horse Trials:

If you have training on your mind, we’ve got a couple of blog posts to inspire you:

And, speaking of inspiration, Mara’s all kind of inspired by Jon Stewart these days:

More to come next week, and remember – we want your Round Up tips too! What are you reading about? What horsey news is taking place where you live? Please email us!

Round Up – May 29

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First up this week is a pretty cool video Kate Lattey brought to our attention. I’ll let Kate describe it:

“It’s wild horse time again in New Zealand, with this year’s Kaimanawa horse muster taking place a couple of weeks ago. Friends of mine in the far north have taken on stallions for the national stallion challenge which will be held in October.

Here’s their working pupil, Alexa, working with her six-year-old stallion. This is Day Five of her work with him. These horses come straight out of the wild – unlike the mustangs and the brumbies, which have been in captivity for some time.”

 

Next, because we’re feeling a little bit lazy (there’s a heat wave here in Ottawa), some great horsey book and movie recommendations – get a cool drink, sit back, and enjoy!

More to come next week, and remember – we want your Round Up tips too! What are you reading about? What horsey news is taking place where you live? Please email us!

Round Up – May 22

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This Round Up comes smack in the middle of a long weekend – for us in Canada, anyway. If you’ve got some extra time off, here are some things you might want to check out:

And, following the terrible events at the Jersey Fresh International CCI***, here are a couple of interesting takes on eventing, and its future:

More to come next week, and remember – we want your Round Up tips too! What are you reading about? What horsey news is taking place where you live? Please email us!

Round Up – May 15

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Yup, that’s right, we have a banner so this round up idea must be a real thing!

With thanks to Mara Dabrishus for her graphics skills, look for the banner every week to check out your weekly Horseback Reads Round Up of horsey links.

For the week ending May 15, 2016 we’ve got some racing links – after all, it is Triple Crown season – and I HAD to include the Tweet below since Hedley is my son’s favourite band. Hedley + Horseracing = Heaven:

And in non-racing news:

More to come next week, and remember – we want your Round Up tips too! What are you reading about? What horsey news is taking place where you live? Please email us!

Here’s Your Round-Up!

We’re introducing something new here on Horseback Reads – we noticed lots of you seem to really enjoy the links and stories we post on our Facebook page, so we thought we’d bring them direct to you once a week.

We’re calling this feature the Round-Up and you can see it here on the blog or, to have it come direct to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter.

One more thing – you can make the Round-Up better by sending us any links / stories you think we should feature. Feel free to email us and we’ll pass your recommended stories onto all our readers!

Without further ado, here’s your Round-Up for the week ending May 8, 2016:

 

Remember – we welcome your Round-Up tips too! Please email them to us!

New Release – Natalie Keller Reinert’s Pride

It’s a sequel years in the making: the second book in The Eventing Series, featuring Jules Thornton, a young trainer struggling to make her eventing dreams come true. Readers have been writing to me and asking for the next installment in Jules’ story ever since Ambition was first released. I’m happy to bring you all Pride, and I promise I have even more of this story to tell in the future!

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Released this morning to coincide with the opening of Rolex Kentucky Three-Day-Event, Pride already has five-star reviews praising its behind-the-scenes-look at training and riding event horses. Here’s a look at a few of the nice things reviewers have been saying:

This is a book about strong women with a passion for horses!

The details about riding are spot on, particularly how to approach (and not approach) a cross-country or a show-jumping course. I love how Reinert describes riding different horses and the debates within the various disciplines about correct striding, pace, and trusting the horse versus carefully setting him up to succeed before a fence.

This book sucks you in right away and holds your attention all the way to the last page.

In Pride, which begins just weeks after the ending of Ambition, Jules has to come to grips with some of the financial and training headaches of modern eventing, a sport in a state of transition. While the old sport favored the bold, new eventing with its emphasis on trappy, show-jumping style combinations on the cross-country course, and the necessity for a perfect dressage score, has presented challenges to riders who are in the sport for the thrill of galloping and jumping. Jules, like a lot of event riders, sees the dressage as something she just has to get through. But dressage is the key to new eventing.

Her business is in trouble and her dreams haven’t gotten any smaller, so when a sponsor offers her potential financial backing, she can’t really afford to look away, even though their terms are less than thrilling. She can go to dressage boot camp with Orlando-based trainer Grace Carter, or she can keep looking for money to appear out of thin air.

Naturally, Jules would prefer to keep looking for money to appear out of thin air–she’s not exactly good at being told what to do. But something has changed since last year, and that’s Pete. Jules isn’t on her own anymore, but that means she can’t make decisions alone anymore. Her plans affect more than just her future.

If you haven’t read about Grace and her farm in Show Barn Bluesor even AmbitionI want to make it easy for you. Now through May 5th, you can download the Kindle editions of Show Barn Blues and Ambition for the special price of $1.99 each. Add in Pride, and you have three great equestrian novels for under $10.

(It’s not a bad way to deal with Rolex withdrawal next week.)