The Horse World Goes Virtual

The world is vast & weird & wonderful in parts.

 

 
Rolex, as was
#LRK3DE Virtual Event
Virtual version of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event
April 23 – 26, 2020
Fan membership required, free promo code supplied

Video teaser says 20+ years of content, TV programs, rider reflection, ride reviews, athlete features, winning ride, course walks, horse features. That’s all I know. No idea if there will be new content. No idea what the schedule will be.

Will there be an in-depth look the issues facing eventing? I doubt it. Tragedies? No way. Advertising for Land Rover? All over the place. A weekend of pretty pictures featuring green grass and jumping horses? Yes, please.

Did I call it Rolex? Okay, so I’m a curmudgeon. I haven’t been since the name change and my brain has not updated.

Starts in 2 days.

More info, USEF Network
Event website, LRK3DE, does not mention virtual

 

 
Shutdown Eventing
The NAF Virtual 5* Eventing Competition
Free Live Stream
6-10 May 2020
Donation requested

“We have an all-star global line up with over 50 world-class riders from a dozen countries … The format itself will include a trot up as you’ve never seen before, a single mounted phase, riders will participate in a dressage test … This footage will not be shown until the livestream when our star-studded judges’ line-up will be judging the competition live. We will be including a series of unmounted cross-country and jumping challenges during the weekend plus much, much more which will remain a surprise for our viewers.” Virtual Eventing Facebook About

Plus a virtual Trade Fair. It’s UK, so watch the shipping. Donations will go to the UK for NHS Charities Together, or equivalent support charity in the rider’s home country.

More Info, The NAF Virtual 5* Eventing Competition
Hat tip to Equine Ink: Eventing goes Virtual

 

 
Model Horses
BreyerFest
July 10-12, 2020
Ticket Purchase Required

“We have decided to shift BreyerFest 2020 Celtic Fling to an online experience, still taking place July 10-12, 2020.” BreyerFest Blog: BreyerFest 2020 Announcement

“The event will be a combination of live and pre-recorded video and photo content and will include equine demonstrations, interviews with guest horse owners, artist demos, workshop tutorials, seminars, raffles, contests, access to exclusive BreyerFest models and swag, music and dance performances, an online vendor marketplace and Artisans’ Gallery, photo model horse shows, and more.” BreyerFest Blog: More info on this year’s Virtual Celtic Fling

Despite much chat in the model horse world, that’s really all anyone knows so far. I had no plans to go IRL. Now that it is virtual, I bought a ticket. As much to see how people solve this problem as for the swag & plastic ponies. Its a weird new world out there.

More info, Bryer: Celtic Fling – BreyerFest 2020

Stay safe. Stay sane.
Katherine Walcott

Categories: Eventing, Horses, Model Horses

3 replies »

  1. Weird new normal, maybe, but still truly weird. I have always found plastic horse competition to be truly weird. Reminds me of the Cabbage Patch Doll craze.
    But. Some people think online book clubs are weird.
    The world really is vast and weird.

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