It’s finally here. Uploading this via 3G in a garage on the way into Badminton. It is sunny and cold. Who wins this? Who knows. We give you our take.
Kentucky 2017. High drama. Thirties tests. FODs. Ten Four Stars. #TeamLeeLee. Mr Medicott – the old timer. Tim Bourke- the speedster. High Kingdom!! Queen Rocana – three in a row. Quick turnaround. PodPicks Updated. On to the next one.
Ok, the first four star of the 2017 season is finally here and social media is alight with pictures of people arriving in Lexington! Michael Jung and fischerRocana FST return seeking a third consecutive win – weirdly, its the only event above 2* level they have ever won. Also, weirdly, none of the team went for her as their pick. The big news of the day is that Horseware are now sponsoring the pod, so we have lots of fun prizes and are delighted to have them on board. The #PodPicks table is updated – and you can also check out the top 20 horses scoring points. No Diarm on this pod but we managed.
The girls are away so we went rogue and recorded. There is stuff on Burnham Market and a look at the dressage leaderboard. Sam gives us an update on George. Then it just tails off into general life updates…it will be good to have Nicole back to do these things properly.
They only thing worth noting from this pod is BILLY WALK ON. He is going to be a star this year.
The team looks at one of the biggest CIC3*s in the Eventing calendar. Sam gets himself into hot water but thankfully gets shown up by eight of the top ten being ladies. We look at ‘The Great British Rebuilding Project’, led by the 10 year old KBIS Starburst, the overall winner. #BusyIzzy. Leonidas came close to the top prize – surely a second career win will come soon! One-tenth of a second cost Piggy French and Quarrycrest Echo the overall win – what a return that could have been! Another horse that is going to be on the radar for Strezgom. The Mr Bass FOD record has come to an end but what a record it is – just himself and Nereo have five consecutive FODs at 3 & 4* level. Zara Tinder is back aswell with a huge performance ahead of Rolex and Arctic Soul gets his run in at last before his big CCI run in May.
The Irish challenge is mounting by the way. Big performances this weekend.
The season is picking up. There was lots of Badminton and Rolex prep runs. 2 four stars coming up in the next four weeks! Hurray!
Eventing nerds around the world got excited this week as we got the Badminton entries and then the first Rolex entries. We have a quick look through to see the stand out names.
We also have have an update on our ‘PodPicks’ league for the season. Any five horses – best 15 rated results altogether. The deadline for entry is fast approaching.
Special bonus show this week. We decided to find out who could best select the 5 top performers for 2017 based on the ER Ratings. We each picked our five, and to make it harder for us – we had to select totally different teams. It should be easier for you guys, just pick any 5. Lets see who really knows their stuff!
Send us your teams on Twitter using the hashtag #PodcastPicks or on Facebook or email or somehow get the list of 5 to us and we will put you into the system.
You have until the end of March, Belton is the cut-off point. There will be a prize…we haven’t decided yet..but something decent like an iPad rather than just the usual. And all you have to do is send us 5 horses to be in with a chance of glory.
I have Sam standing by to enter in the teams, so let us know your team of 5. Things getting exciting now as the season nears the start on this side of the world.
It’s that time of year again. There were some incredible performances through the year and we are now tasked with finding the outstanding event horse of 2016. Will it be 16 year old La B Sam? The double Olympic champ has recorded better ratings this year than ever before. The other 16 year old who made the shortlist, a popular Irish superstar, has done the same.
Will it be one of the emerging stars – there is an 8yo from the Team GB and a popular grey from France on the shortlist. Will the American vote be as influential as last year?
Voting starts tonight (19 December) in each of the pots and runs until Christmas eve with one horse in each pot of 3 progressing to the final four. Use #ERHOTY hashtag and vote for your superstar. Twitter votes only this year so all retweets and quotes are really appreciated as we spread the word.
In the third of the Eventing Podcast ‘Locker Room Talk’ series, Jenni and Diarm talk to US starlet Lauren Kieffer. Now sitting the Top 20 of the FEI World Rankings, we talk through Lauren’s backstory, we get to ask about Maggot, the Troll and Unicorn, her amazing Rolex form and a tough day on the cross country at Rio.
Fast becoming an Eventing household name, we get an insight into the grit and the determination that has brought Lauren this far.
In the second of the Eventing Podcast ‘Locker Room Talk’ series, Nicole and Diarm talk to wild and wonderful Team GB international Gemma Tattersall about her incredible 2016 season. A wonderful Badminton result, through the excitements and disappointments of Rio 2016, the emergence of 8yo wondermare Santiago Bay…and that black day at Blenheim when the hot favourite for the Event Rider Masters title didn’t fire.
Gemma is a great interview (and a great event rider) because she is a bit mad, supremely confident but also very humble and very honest.
We have a few more riders lined up to tell their stories but in terms of highs and lows in a season, Gemma’s 2016 will be hard to top. If you want to tell us we are great, we are terrible or ask us questions, you’ll find us in the normal places.. Twitter – Facebook or using #eventingpodcast.