Good morning EN! Well at least I hope it is a good morning for you…or a better one than a lot of eventers that are attempting to make the trek to Red Hills from areas west of the Mississippi River are having. That huge snow and ice storm that hit Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana a couple days ago has made a total mess of the interstate highways and there are a lot of horse trailers that have been stranded in hours and hours of backups. 1* competitors Kathy Rivera and Royal Lufttanzer, pictured above taking a break at a gas station, spent four hours on the 18 mile bridge outside of Baton Rouge, and managed to travel only 30 miles in 7.5 hours (!!). In the photo they are waiting for I-10 to reopen. Good luck to Kathy and we all hope the rest of her journey passes quickly!
The British eventing season is already off to a disappointingly wet start. Somerley Park International, originally scheduled for March 25-26, has officially been canceled due to rain. Organizer Suzannah Cotterill told British Eventing, “The water levels at Somerley Park have reached such a point that we cannot access the ground to finish event preparations which unfortunately leaves us with no option other than to cancel.” The event was supposed to feature a CIC2*, and the organizers hope that by canceling early competitors will be able to reroute to other events. [British Eventing]
Individual tickets for WEG events are now on sale. They come at a range of prices depending on the event, from €5 to €90. If you are still planning on buying, you better do it fast- over 210,000 tickets have already been sold. [WEG Ticket Sales]
Area IV is hosting an online silent auction in conjunction with its annual meeting. The auction will features entries to area events, clinics, course walks, lessons, and specialty equine items. If you are interested in attending the meeting itself, it will be held on March 15 in Bloomington, MN, and will feature Meghan O’Donoghue & Lindsey Taylor as speakers. [Area IV Silent Auction] [Area IV Annual Meeting]
Do you like window shopping? Check out these preview videos of young German-bred horses that will be offered for sale this Saturday as part of the 2014 Top Eventers Sales Day. A total of 18 horses have made it through the sale’s selection process, which appears to be fairly stringent. If you would rather see photos, you can find a PDF file of all horses that will be up for purchase on the sale’s website. Happy drooling! [Top Eventers Sale Videos]
Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event has named Partners for Youth as its first official charity. Partners for Youth is a nonprofit organization based in Lexington that aims “to promote positive youth development and to prevent juvenile delinquency through collaboration and capacity building.” [KY Forward]
This week on SmartPak’s Ask the Vet: How cold is too cold to ride? It’s been a frustrating winter for many of us, and this week Dr. Lydia Gray tackles a the question many are thinking. The good news is that there is no temperature too cold for horses to be ridden in as long as they are adapted to it. Click to check out the rest of her cold weather riding advice. [SmartPak's Ask the Vet]
Best of Blogs: Meredith Thomas is spending this week in Southern Pines, NC training with Bobby Costello before competing at Southern Pines HT. Check out her blog about her experiences.