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!
On the latest Eventing Podcast Nicole, Sam & Diarm catch up on all the latest news from Carolina International, take a look at the latest Rolex Kentucky entries and wish Anthony Patch a very happy retirement.
With one of the biggest CIC3* competitions in the calendar about to start we Preview Belton International Horse Trials and take a look down the star studded start list of 112 entries. The Irish send a strong contingent, 2016 winner Chris Burton is back looking to retain his title and the British Rebuilding Project gets underway.
Sam & Diarm discuss sharing a bed, there is a small domestic and Nicole does a happy dance.
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.
In the next episode of the Eventing Podcast’s #LockerRoomTalk series Nicole & Sam chat to one of greatest (and nicest) riders on the circuit, Blyth Tait.
Looking back at a star studded career that includes World Championship & Olympic titles, more F.O.Ds at Badminton than any other rider, plus hopes for the World Equestrian Games in 2018 it’s an interview that only scratches the surface of a truly remarkable career.
As Blyth’s No. 1 Fan Sam successfully (and somewhat surprisingly) manages to keep himself under control and Blyth selects a very strong team for the #PodcastPicks competition.
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.
In the next episode of the Eventing Podcast ‘Locker Room Talk’ series, Sam chats to the lovely Camilla Speirs and looks back on what has been an meteoric rise to the very top of the sport.
With the small but mighty Portersize Just a Jiff, Camilla has been a regular on the Irish team at Senior level since making her senior debut at a World Games aged only 20 back in 2010. Taking in the highs of 2016 with two top 10 placings at 4*, the heartbreaking lows of London 2012 and everything in between, it’s an interview that focuses on the wonder pony that is Jiffy – the 4* Pony Club Pony who has competed internationally every year for 11 consecutive seasons.
It’s a remarkable story, one that is made even more special by what is an incredible partnership – we loved this #LockerRoomTalk and we hope you do too!