Quote of the Week
“Horses don’t do emotional incongruity… It’s all about encouraging people to shine.”
—Katherine Beaumont, founder of Whasdyke Farm in Cumbria, U.K., which now offers horse-based mediation sessions with the stable’s friendly Clydesdales. Word to the wise: pick your lawn spots with care.
Having a Ball at La Baule CSIO5*
The show jumping power players were out in full force at CSIO5* La Baule in France this weekend, laying down the gauntlet in the hotly contested European Division 1 FEI Nations Cup™ standings, and on the international grand prix field (helllllo Simone & Alice!)
Who Came Out On Top?
Team Switzerland, helmed by a double-clear World #1, Steve Guerdat, and our consummate #marecrushmonday, Albfuehren’s Bianca. Also present: a double-clear Niklaus Rutschi (Cardano CH), Paul Estermann, and Bryan Balsiger. The Swiss narrowly defeated the Belgians on a score of 4 to 5.
What Else Happened?
After a three-month hiatus at the end of 2018, reigning World Champions Simone Blum of Germany and DSP Alice proved they’re at the top of their game, winning their first, five-star back in the CSIO5* Grand Prix Longines of the City of La Baule. Steve Guerdat & Albfuehren’s Bianca were second, Darragh Kenny & Important de Muze, third.
It was a big weekend for 2018’s top World Championship finishers. Bronze medalist Steve Guerdat & Bianca crushed it in the Nations Cup and La Baule Grand Prix. Silver medalist Martin Fuchs, also of Switzerland, earned a major win with Chaplin in the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT) Grand Prix of Madrid. With Blum's big victory on Sunday in La Baule, however, they saved the best for last. It’s nice to see a female presence at the top of the podium once again, and WEG gold medalists Simone & Alice have proved they can compete—and win—in today’s male-dominated show jumping landscape. With their absence in the top sport so far this season, it hasn’t been the same without them. Welcome back, ladies, we missed you!
Simone Blum & DSP Alice (c) Libby Law/EquNews
PonyApp Partner Pro-Tips: Young Professional Series
Hayley Iannotti (c) Auburn University
So You Want to Be a Professional? Hayley Iannotti Shares 7 Things to Know First
In the first edition of PonyApp’s Young Professional series, we catch up with top junior rider and Auburn University alum Hayley Iannotti of Carriage Hill Farm. Here, Hayley shares seven things that every young rider should know when considering a career in the industry. Brought to you by Dover Saddlery’s Ladies Wellesley Knee-Patch Breech.
**Watch This Space**
U.S. Rider Spencer Smith is Ready for His Close-up
At just 22, American rider Spencer Smith—son of Ashland Farms’ Ken & Emily Smith and longtime student of Eric Lamaze—is primed to move into center stage. This weekend in his debut performance at Global Champions League (GCL) Madrid, Smith & Theodore Manciais jumped to a gutsy, double-clear and the fastest time overall in GCL Round 2, leading the New York Empire to a podium finish alongside teammate Scott Brash. Young, well trained, with a reputation for brass and speed in the ring… has the U.S. found it’s next Kent Farrington? Only time will tell.
Spencer Smith & Theodore Manciais (c) Stefano Grasso/GCL
This Just In...
Put Away That CBD Lotion: US Equestrian Bans Cannabinoids September 1
It’s the hottest thing to hit the human health market since Alka Seltzer, but when it comes to CBD lotion, drops, and all related cannabinoids, keep them far away from your horse. According to US Equestrian, CBD’s reported anxiolytic effects make it a performance-enhancing drug, and as of September 1, the governing body will be cracking down on any and all horses that test positive for the substance. You can read their full release here.
PonyApp Partners: Spotlight
Racehorses at Louisiana Downs. (c) Flickr.com/Donnie Ray Jones
Eight Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Shipping the World’s Best Racehorses
Brook Ledge Horse Transportation has shipped some of the most famous racehorses in the modern age (think: California Chrome, American Pharoah, Always Dreaming, and Justify). Just what does it take to transport the best of the best? From Fiji water to loading hazards, we caught up with Brook Ledge’s Andrea Gotwals Boone to find out.
*Also, what to watch this week (5/22-5/26): the Split Rock Jumping Tour Live Feed
Pony SocialBettina Eistel & Fabuleux 5 Are All the Motivation You Need This Monday
Where there’s a will, there’s a way, as evident by Belgian Para Dressage rider Bettina Eistel, who uses a specially engineered bridle device controlled with her legs and her mouth (yes, mouth) while competing 22-year-old wonder-horse Benetton’s Fabuleaux. This pair is fabuleaux, indeed! Check them out.