Quote of the Week
“Cedric was tiny, but he had a huge heart. But at the same time, at least once a year, he would throw me off—just to keep me grounded.”
—U.S. show jumper Laura Kraut on her Olympic Team gold medal-winning mount, Cedric, who retired in 2017. Because the best ones keep you #humble.
Oh, Canada: A Home Soil Win for the Great White North
Canada took the gold this weekend in the $400,000 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Canada at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, B.C.
Who Was There?
Lisa Carlsen (Parette), Mario Deslauriers (Bardolina 2), Tiffany Foster (Figor), and Nicole Walker (Falco van Spieveld) represented the red team against Team USA and Mexico, all vying for critical, last-call points in the Longines FEI Nations Cup™ North and Central America & Caribbean Division. Also in the mix: Israel and Ireland, just to keep things interesting.
How’d it Shake Out?
It was a Canadian victory from start to finish, with Carlsen, Walker, and Deslauriers leading the way in Round 1, all on zero scores. Foster became the drop score with 4, leaving Canada on net-zero going into Round 2. Ireland, the U.S., and Mexico all started the second round on a score of 8, finishing the class on 8 (Ireland), 12 (U.S.A.), and 16 (Mexico), respectively, to take second, third, and fourth overall. Israel finished fifth on 24.
Unfortunately, it was one step forward, two steps back for #TeamCanada in Langley, earning the victory at home but ultimately finishing third in their Nations Cup division behind Mexico and the U.S. The latter two teams will move on to contest the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final in Barcelona this October, while Canada stays home. “For me, it’s bittersweet,” said chef d’equipe Mark Laskin. “There are two parts to the equation. We took care of part A, but we were short on part B. I’m happy to win, but I always have the big picture in mind, so it’s disappointing.”
Also of note: two young guns—Eve Jobs (Venue d'Fees des Hazalles) for Team USA and PonyApp U25 Ambassador and resident #cuteponyboy Cormac Hanley (VDL Cartello) for Ireland—holding it down in Senior Nations Cup competition, both on zero scores. Nice work, kids!
Cormac Hanley (c) Courtesy of Cormac Hanley
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If You Can Only Watch One Round...
Watch McLain & HH Azur, Winning Sapphire’s Grand Prix at Devon
Certain things in life are all but guaranteed, like death, taxes, and McLain Ward winning the Sapphire Grand Prix at the Devon Horse Show. Named for the Olympian’s late, great former mare (second only in his heart to his current great mare, “Annie”) the class has been Ward’s to win an astounding ELEVEN times. And lest you think he’s pulling punches, the 2019 jump-off edition was nothing short of brilliant—watch here.
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Drawing Horses, an Illustrated Essay
We know you were the kind of kid that doodled ponies on the back of every brown covered textbook and inside every notebook margin. How do we know? Because WE WERE THAT KID TOO. This week, horses go highbrow in this clever New Yorker cartoon, which tackles the age-old question of high school love, and also, why horses are just so damn hard to draw. Click through & relate below.
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Horses are a known enemy of artists—their bodies are not intuitive to a budding artist the way another animal’s might be. Tap the link in our bio to read the whole story of how an adolescent crush taught Emma Hunsinger to master equine anatomy. Illustrations by @work_emails.