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Respect for Eventing

f you were to ask me which one of our horse sports I admire the most, I wouldn’t have to think about it too long. Jumping, dressage, eventing and driving—they all require countless hours of good training, talented athletic

horses and dedicated riders/drivers. But to pick just one, hands down, eventing gets my vote. We dressage people would say jumpers are brave, but eventers? Tey are beyond brave—they are absolutely fearless! My first introduction to eventing was over 20 years ago when I volunteered to help two recognized events every year

that took place in southern New Hampshire. My job was either a jump judge, steward for the dressage ring or a scribe for the dressage judge. Te latter two responsibilities were generally uneventful (no pun intended), but jump judging on the cross country course was eye-opening and somewhat stressful. I could sense the excitement and thrill as each rider came charging across the field over the fixed fence I was responsible for. With my two-way radio in hand, ready to report any spills or refusals, I silently prayed that there would be no catastrophes over my obstacle. As each one passed on through with no glitches, I became more and more impressed with the boldness of both horse and rider. Now for me, personally, the thought of tackling this daunting sport has never entered my mind, not even for an

instant. I know too many people with broken collarbones, arms and pelvises. I place eventing in the category of bungee jumping; something I’ll never venture to try. I’m strictly a dressage fanatic through and through. Te more I stay glued in the saddle, perfecting my seat and weight aids, always improving my connection with my horse’s back, the happier I am. In other words, the less air time between my seat and the saddle, the better! Eventers have my respect for another big reason: they train for not one, but three disciplines. It must require

numerous lessons with a variety of trainers. I assume they cart their horses all over the place to expose them to different courses, obstacles and terrain. Plus they need multiple forms of equipment: dressage and jumping saddles and usually different bits and bridles for each phase. Doesn’t the rider have to wear three different outfits? Even their horses’ shoes require special studs that they can screw in for traction on the cross country course. Tis is sounding very expensive, as well as an immense amount of work! With pressure mounting on eventers to improve their dressage scores, Warmbloods and Warmblood crosses appear

to be infiltrating the sport. Inside this issue we take a look at two of them: one an American Warmblood stallion featured on this issue’s cover and the other an Oldenburg cross with a surprising background. With the right riders and training, both landed in their ideal career. So, with the Rolex Kentucky event around the corner and show season under way, from this admirer to all you sport horse “bungee jumpers,” I wish you an uneventful eventing season—that is, please, be safe as you enjoy your sport!

Liz Cornell, Publisher

Our Mission: Warmbloods Today is the only magazine in North America focused on the entire spectrum of Warmblood breeds. It’s a place where people from all aspects of the sport horse community can come together: amateurs, owners, trainers and breeders. Each issue contains interesting, informative and often heart-warming stories of peoples’ experiences with their horses, along with thought-provoking opinions from various professionals and amateurs. We cover all horses from European descent bred for the sports of jumping, dressage, eventing and driving including the Iberian breeds and American Warmbloods.

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