Stoneleigh, shorter days and the sunshine state
With winter on the horizon, there’s no need to curtail your plans; there’s still plenty of news and events
With the British Dressage national championships kicking off today at Stoneleigh and over 4,000 events to peruse in this mega-issue of listings, the thrust of the week is one of competition, self-improvement and target-setting.
The ever-shortening days do not have to sound the death knell on riding and competitive ambition for the season — or even on your spectating.
This week’s vet pages highlight the management challenges — and the rewards — of performance horses who live out 24/7. And while that works for some, spare a thought for all the horses (and people) in the path of hurricane Irma, which has been cutting a swathe of calamitous destruction through the Caribbean and Florida — including the horsey hotbed of Wellington.
The outpouring of support and offers of help
within the equine community in the USA has been staggering. I must declare a vested interest here: after six-and-a-half happy years at Horse & Hound, this is my final week and I’ ll be moving to the (usually appropriately named) sunshine state. Though perhaps I’ll wait for the weather to recalibrate; you’re in topsy-turvy times when you seek better weather in London than Florida.
Goodbye and thank you to readers and colleagues alike. It’s been emotional.