For today’s #MartyMonday we want to wish a Happy Birthday to German dressage rider, Kristina Sprehe. Kristina turns 28 tomorrow (October 28). Kristina was a member of the German teams that won the Silver Medal at the 2012 London Olympics and the Gold Medal at this year’s World Equestrian Games in Normandy, where she also won the individual Bronze in the Grand Prix Special with her horse, Desperados FRH. Happy Birthday, Kristina and we look forward to seeing next April in Las Vegas! Photo: Kristina Sprehe & Desperados FRH Photo credit: © Hippo Foto Team - Leanjo de Koster/FEI

Additional news from the National Horse Show which begins in just 2 days! Has your barn or team registered for Barn Night yet? During this fun Halloween competition, prizes will be awarded to various youth and equestrian groups that arrive in the best costumes and exhibit the best spirit during the evening’s equestrian competition, which features the Chansonette Farm $45,000 Gambler’s Choice Costume Class at 7pm. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: The Largest Group with a unique theme or creative costume will win a fancy new golf cart, courtesy of Southern Lawn and Equipment. Best Group Spirit! Best Group Costume! Best Individual Costume! Register to below to enter your barn, team, or group! All groups must register at www.nhs.org/barn-night to be eligible. All groups must be present to win. Questions? Email barnnight@nhs.org or call 859-592-1887

It's #FlashbackFriday time! This week we take a look back at the first FEI World Cup™ Final in Dressage which took place in 1986 in 's-Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands. Anne-Grethe Jensen of Denmark and Marzog emerged as the first champions after winning both the qualifying Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Freestyle to Music. Later in the year, that combination went on to win the World Championships in Cedar Valley, Canada. Christopher Bartle of Great Britain riding Wily Trout placed second with third place going to Christine Stückelberger of Switzerland on Rubelit von Unkenruf. Stückelberger went on to win the second Final a year later, riding the Swiss-bred Gauguin de Lully to the win over the defending champions who placed second. It was the first of back-to-back wins for the Swiss combination. It’s hard to say exactly what history will be made when the World Cup Finals return to Las Vegas next April, but it’s sure to be exciting. Make your plans to be there right now! Photo caption: Anne-Grethe Jensen on Marzog. Photo credit: © Ridehesten.

A note from one of our partners: Enjoy an exciting night of World Class Show Jumping at the Del Mar International Horse Show October 25 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. Experience West Palms' exclusive Halloween celebration and watch the The Villas at Rancho Valencia World Cup Grand Prix of Del Mar, beginning at 7PM. Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com and visit www.westpalmsevents.com for more information.

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