Yes this is 100% what my horse wears in the trailer. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Off I go to the Virginia Horse Trials this weekend! It feels silly, but since I tore my Achilles twice last year, I didn’t compete at all, so I feel quite jittery and excited to see all my competition friends again, and I hope to god I remember how to pack everything. Actually, the packing and unpacking is the worst part of the whole ordeal. Do you think I could hire a working student just for that part? Hit me up this weekend if that’s the kind of organizational gig that thrills you.

U.S. Weekend Preview

VHT International & H.T. (Lexington, Va.): [Website] [Schedule] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Spring Coconino H.T. (Flagstaff, Az.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Equestrians’ Institute H.T. (Cle Elum, Wa.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Flora Lea Spring H.T. (Medford, NJ): [Website] [Scoring]

May-Daze at The Park H.T. (Lexington, Ky.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Mill Creek Pony Club H.T. (Kansas City, Mo.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T. (Gales Ferry, Ct.): [Website]

Willow Draw Charity Show (Weatherford, Tx.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scoring]

The Spring Event at Woodside (Woodside, Ca.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

Yesterday Nicola Wilson was moved into the spinal cord rehabilitation unit at the James Cook hospital. Her team would like to thank everyone who has been so kind on the journey so far. The transfer team were a lovely crew who stopped in at the barn to visit the horses on their way back to Bristol, Nic obviously had a bit of horse chat in the ambulance. Dublin even has his photo taken with the ambulance, which he loved! [Nicola Wilson Update]

You know the saying, “when you hear hoofbeats, don’t think zebras”? Well, sometimes, with horses, it’s okay to start looking for zebras. When blogger Sophie Coffey’s mare Azul started showing an odd resistance to cantering in January, the vets were stumped and the various possible treatments didn’t seem to be having a positive effect. Thanks to some intriguing comments from social media, Sophie found her zebra. [Sometimes, You Need to Look for Zebras]

Devon is back after two years! In honor of that, remember that time a few years ago when we all got to behold the greatness that was Sapphire? Even for Eventing fans, she’s a celebrity and in 2009 she blew our socks off in the Dixon Oval. [FBF Sapphire at Devon]

Do you have 90 seconds 2x a week to spare? A correctly done plank can go a long way toward making you a stronger, more effective equestrian. Laura Crump Anderson of Hidden Heights Fitness shares some advice. [Hot on Horse Nation]

Zoetis has paired up with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) International, coming on this year as an official equine health and wellness partner. “The team at Zoetis is inspired by the work of PATH Intl. and its members,” said Jen Grant, Head of Marketing, Zoetis U.S. Equine. “Our opportunity and profound responsibility to support the horses and their care team who do so much for every EAS client is a central part of our purpose.” The two groups recently teamed up to bring more awareness to EAS through the inclusion of an EAS session in Zoetis’s recently released video, Long Live the Horse, and a feature on how horses help humans heal in an article by the Washington Post.