The very first three-star of the year is commencing today at Galway Downs, and I think I can even feel the excitement all the way over here in Virginia! I’ve been watching videos of the west coast crew taking lessons with David O’Connor over the past two days, and taking little notes on the jumping exercises to replicate them at home for my own horses. If you haven’t already, check out Maggie’s predictions for the CIC3* at Galway, as nine of the competitors are entered at Rolex in just a few weeks.
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Congratulations to Kelly Sroka, the winner of this week’s Fab Freebie! Kelly will get a chance to try out a free month of A Horse Box. Congratulations, Kelly! [Fab Freebie: A Horse Box]
Heading to Rolex this year? Be sure to enter our first Rolex lead-up contest presented by Tipperary! Send us a photo of your Rolex tickets, and get creative with your photo! The voted winner will receive a brand new T-series helmet from Tipperary. Last day to enter is Saturday! [Show Us Your Rolex Tickets, Presented by Tipperary]
Competitors and spectators at Galway Downs this weekend will be treated to all new and improved facilities. More than 150 racehorses are now in training on the grounds, landscaping work is continuing to beautify the site, and the parking lot on the west side of the barns is being transformed into a recreational area for the community. “Our goal continues to be to make Galway Downs a larger part of the Temecula Valley community, and so we’re creating an area that can be rented for community events, weddings and other affairs. And we’re glad that our fabulous track is becoming a busy Southern California Thoroughbred training center once again, because it’s always exciting to see the racehorses galloping around the track in the morning,” says Robert Kellerhouse. [Galway Downs]
Professional’s Choice is now the official boot of the United States Eventing Association. “At Professional’s Choice, we believe in partnering with organizations and people who we share common goals and aspirations with. The USEA’s goal is to advance the sport of three day eventing through education as a component of its mission statement, and at Professional’s Choice we share that passion,” stated Vice President Michele Scott. Professional’s Choice offers a variety of equestrian products and is a leader in the equine leg care industry, placing priority on innovative technology and superior quality. [Professional’s Choice]
The flies are already out, and it’s already irritating my horses. So, I went today and ordered a new supply of my favorite fly spray, CLAC Deo Lotion. If you or your horse have ever experienced irritation with regular horse sprays, this is your solution. It is 100% natural ingredients, and I guarantee it is allergy proof. I have a thin skinned chestnut who gets hives from regular fly spray, and I always find the insides of my arms are irritated when I touch them in the summer, but not now that I use CLAC! Also, it smells really good. [SmartPak Product of the Day]