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February 7, 2011

It's Spring Time In Aiken

It's fun to see all the biggest names! Photo by Elly Schobel

It was 62 sunny degrees, and I was sitting in the Clubhouse of Three Runs Plantation, watching the 2011 Eventing High Performance Training Session conducted by Mark Phillips.

A Who's Who of our top eventers were invited to these sessions. Bettina Hoy, another of the most successful international eventers, was in town last week for a clinic that was so full, she told me of lessons starting before 8 a.m. In other words, around here, eventing rules.

My own horses were on hiatus from October to December because just prior to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games training camp, I sold my farm, and we had to move to our new (larger) farm right AFTER returning from the WEG. Packing up two houses, one barn, 12 horses and 13 dogs, as well as helping to build additional fencing, a barn and a big run-in shed took all of my attention and energy.

The plan had been to compete at a few CDIs with both Raison d'Etre and Oyente', but I had a hard time finding those prizelists on the Internet (and the Blue Book was apparently not mailed out, as it has been in the past). Finally, a friend forwarded a mass email which included the prizelist for the first few.

Comparing that to the ease with which one can access and enter eventing shows via the Internet leads me to believe that there is some room for improvements for dressage.

Let me take a moment to send best wishes to Laura Goldman, a member of the 2010 U.S. Para Equestrian WEG Team who recently fractured her hip. Get well soon, friend!

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