Good morning Eventing Nation!
Happy Friday to you! It’s been a long cold week in various parts of the country, and perfectly perfect in others. Wherever you are, whatever the weather, I hope you’re able to spend some time in the stables. Poplar Place is hosting their first event of the year this weekend. We wish everyone good luck. The eventing season will be in full swing shortly as everyone arrives down south and get situated and back into game mode. Don’t forget to enjoy your weekend.
As if you needed a reminder.
Events This Weekend:
Fabulous news for all the breeders out there!
And it’s about time really. The Warmblood Studbook of Ireland is launching a studbook geared solely towards the breeding of successful event horses. It will take time, but hopefully the Warmblood Studbook of Ireland will create a studbook that is utilized like other racing and sporthorse studbooks. [Go event horse breeding]
Thoroughbreds have some great care-takers in their back pocket. Take2 is an organization created in 2012 to promote second careers for OTTBs in the hunter/jumper world. They kick off 2013 at HITS in Ocala and have added the fabulous Michigan venue of Horse Shows By the Bay for their first and fourth weeks of competition. So Michigan eventers, there’s some prize money up for grabs in some 3′ and 3’3″ classes. [Go OTTBs]
More OTTB news: Boyd Martin, his wife Silva, Eric Dierks, and Callie Schott of John Madden Stables are teaming up with Kimberly Clark to launch the “Constant Star-OTTBs for Sport Contest” for Thoroughbred Placement Resources, Inc.. The sum of the contest: enter your horse, who must be an OTTB that’s raced at least once, and win 90 days of free board and training with Kimberly Clark. Boyd, Silva, Eric and Callie will review the entries in the effort of promoting the versatility and trainability of OTTBs. The contest will also show how TPR can help make these transitions for the horses. [Go go OTTBs!]
Possibly the Best Blog of All Time: Max Corcoran, who needs no introduction has posted her Keynote speech from the Area VIII Annual Meeting. She encompasses what a horseman is in her lovely writing. She nails perspective from within the horse world to outside the horse world to the daily grind. [Definitely worth the read]
Hot on HN: “Five Indoor Riding Arenas That Will Blow Your Mind”. Enough said. Try not to drool on your keyboard. [Gorgeousness]
Found on Facebook: Ashley Adams Eventing – “”The Board” is all ready for our first event of the year! Longwood ht with the novice and prelim horses going on Sat and the.training horses on Sunday! Rock on.TWH!”
Clinic Countdown: Check out your ride times for the Hawley Bennett clinic at Dragonfire Farm Jan 26-27. [I’m jealous!]
Eventing in Africa: Namibia to be exact. Check out the video. The music at the end should be eventing’s theme. I even dug up a press release for you.