Leslie Law taught a clinic at Morningside Training Center in Virginia this week, and man, check out the hops on this OTTB! This is Argyle, owned by Skyeler Icke Voss, ridden by Connor Husain. Skyeler announced on Monday that she and her husband Clayton are expecting their first child in January, so we’ll be seeing other riders on her horses this fall season, like Jan Bynny on the lovely Cooley Caliber. Congrats to Skyeler and Clayton!
U.S. Weekend Preview:
Silverwood Farm Fall H.T. [Website]
Moqui Meadows H.T. [Website]
News From Across the Globe:
Congratulations to Abby Basner, this week’s Fab Freebie winner! Abby will take home a new Noble Outfitters Karleigh Short Sleeve V-Neck — we’re quite envious! [Fab Freebie: Noble Outfitters]
The British squad for the Longines FEI European Championships has been shuffled again. After Flora Jackson’s Bayano dropped off the team due to poor performance at Aachen 3*, Tom Jackson and Waltham Fiddlers Find were elevated out of first reserve position. Sadly, however, recent events indicate that Fiddler’s Find will not be fit to compete, and so is replaced by Greystone Midnight Melody and Wills Oakden. [British Squad Changes for Europeans]
Champion steeplechaser Divine Fortune was euthanized yesterday during the $150,000 Turf Writers Cup. An unbelievable athlete, the 12 year old gelding fell at the tenth and final fence after leading for the entire two and three-eighths mile hurdle race. While he did get up after the fall, he was vanned off the track and it was later determined that he had fractured a shoulder in the fall, and could not be saved. Our hearts go out to everyone that this special horse touched in his long and storied career. [Divine Fortune]
Boyd Martin is hosting a schooling jumper show tomorrow, Aug. 29, at Windurra in Cochranville, Pennsylvania. Divisions and times are as follows: Intro 2′ 8:30-10, Beginner Novice 2’6″ 10- 11:30, Novice 2’11″ 11:30-1, Training 3’3″ 1-2:30, Preliminary 3’7″ 2:30-3:30, Intermediate 3’9″ 3:30-4:30. Cost is $25 per round. [Windurra Schooling Jumper Show]
Show jumping is becoming more and more influential to placing well at events, so it’s important to get your jumping basics on lockdown. Show jumping trainer Didi Verdina knows the keys to success, as he competed to the highest levels in both Eventing and straight Show Jumping. I adore all of these simple tips, and they are useful for all levels, so next time you’re heading out to jump, check these! [6 Important Tips to Improve Your Jumping]
The lock of mane hair taken from the Duke of Wellington’s horse, Copenhagen, nearly 200 years ago has sold at auction in England for £2600. Copenhagen was a popular liver chestnut stallion who the duke rode for 17 continuous hours during the Battle of Waterloo, and the horse managed to emerge completely unharmed. The lock of hair was found by Lady Arran of Castle Hill as she was sorting through some papers this summer. [The Most Expensive Horse Hair]
An Olympic gold medallist eventer came out of retirement to raise £10,000 for World Horse Welfare and The Brooke. Jane Holderness-Roddam competed her twenty-year-old gelding Tigers Eye II in a BE100 open event at West Wilts, raising all the money in one go. After not competing for 13 years, she decided to make a comeback in the name of good philanthropy. [Eventer Raises Money for Horse Charities]
Popular and longstanding Kentucky tack store Bob Mickler’s has been acquired by private investment firm, Timberfence Capitol Partners, LLC. Bob Mickler’s tack shop has been operated by the founding family in Lexington Kentucky for over 66 years, and will continue to be directed by third generation Mickler, Julie. [Bob Mickler’s Acquired by Timberfence]
This year has been especially full of fungus, and I’m not talking about the spores on the trees. I’m talking about fungus that grows on white legs, chestnut legs, black legs….really just all hairy horse legs right now are susceptible to something skin related that irritates me and them. I clip my horses’ legs up to the knee sometimes because all their dense leg hair hides the scud, but most of all, I use anti-fungal shampoo thats almost guaranteed to keep the bacteria at bay: Ag Silver Maintenance Cleanwash. Seriously though, this Ag Silver stuff is magic. It’s made out of unicorn horn dust, without harming the unicorns. [SmartPak Product of the Day]
Triple Crown Winners from start to finish! Fun Fact: Gallant Fox is the only Triple Crown winner to also SIRE a Triple Crown Winner (Omaha).