We tried to review Badminton but we met Chris and to be honest, once you get lost in that hair, you let him talk about whatever he wants. You had me at hello.
Sam and Diarm talk about managing chance, about using an OST model to achieve your off-season goals and about why there is no such thing as luck. Sam even throws in a few practical tips for seeing a stride!
This week attention turns to Adelaide and the last CCI4* of the 2018 season. We pick some potential winners, pitting two predictive models against each other for the first time.
We are also delighted to be joined by Andrew Hoy, who gives us stories from his past (and plans for his future) and talks about what the fans will be enjoying this weekend at the show.
Think of the attribute list of an event horse. Footwork, reactions, intelligence, athleticism, carefulness, scope, speed, stamina, impulsion, submissiveness, paces and trainability. Which attributes are we testing at one and two-star and how much emphasis is placed on each? How these attributes are tested will absolutely shape the type of event horses that are bred, produced and purchased, and then it will continue to shape how we train them. If 76% of horses all score the same score of zero penalties in the cross-country, but they get rewarded for everything they do in the dressage arena, then over time we will end up with dressage horses being asked to perform cross-country rather than cross-country horses being asked to perform dressage.
In the latest Eventing Podcast, we begin a discussion that we hope will engage people. This engagement may well explain why things are scored the way they are and it might transpire that this is the best way forward for the sport. But we also present an alternative scoring solution. A method of rewarding the best all-round performance. If there were no consequences to extreme dressage in eventing then there would be no problem. But there are consequences. We are shortening top level courses and removing jumping efforts over fears of stamina. We have horses and riders that are growing up with less cross-country attributes and training than is desirable and this presents a safety concern. Our sport has one unique phase which attracts spectators and should remain the heartbeat of the sport.
Leg 1 of the 2018 Event Rider Masters series will take place at The Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials. This will be the third year running that Chatsworth will play host to the opening leg of the new Event Rider Masters season.
Diarm & Nicole pick some winners. All about speed at this venue.