Despite the lingering snow mounds, spring is in the air! Katchi is 30 days away from his first Horse Trial of the season - CDCTA. I've never been there, so I'm really looking forward to checking out a new place. One of my goals for this year is to get to as many new courses as possible. It's tempting to keep hitting the same venues over and over again - I know the terrain, the portable fences are like old friends in new spots, and even Katchi says "oh yes, it's this place again." Sticking with the familiar has its purpose - but this year, I want Katchi to see everything (at Training level!). I think that will make the move up to Prelim much easier. But, for the time being - I'm focused on 30 days left! With a day off a week, that's about 25 practice rides left. 25 chances to get everything sorted out. Only 25 rides left and there's still snow on the ground!
Meanwhile, it's 48 days till Rolex! And they've started posting entries (okay, well 6 entries doesn't exactly give us a lot to talk about, but somehow, I'm sure there will be more to come soon). http://www.rk3de.org/entry_list.php They've also posted a video to get everyone excited! I'm pretty sure this was the opener to NBC's coverage last year. But, it's worth the 2 minutes to watch, if you need a little motivation (check out Phillip riding in his blue saddle!).
And, finally, as I'm trying to focus my own training, it's been hard this week with what feels like an endless stream of terrible news for some top riders. We all know that bad things can happen while sitting on a horse, but we wouldn't trade the experience for anything in the world. Here are a few links to keep updated on the status of our injured heroes.
Robert Dover is reporting on the beautiful Dressage rider, Courtney King-Dye, who is currently in a coma, after falling from a horse: http://doversworld.com/
Dressage News is also carrying information on Courtney:
In the eventing world, there were a number of falls at Pine Top on Sunday.
Karen O'Connor and Rebecca Lee suffered concussions, but both sound to be fine.
Sinead Halpin is posting information on Rebecca Howard, who despite multiple broken ribs, both clavicles fractured in several places, and a mild punctured lung, seems to be making great progress in her recovery.
Not much is being said about Jan Bynny, who suffered a head injury, but Eventing Nation has posted information as released by the family: http://eventingnation.com/home/
I'm so appreciative of the folks taking the time to keep the eventing and dressage fans updated on the status of our injured riders. Fingers and hooves crossed for speedy and full recoveries for all.