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Tuesday Videos from SpectraVET: Buck Davidson Hat Trick at Rocking Horse Winter II

Buck Davidson dominated the Advanced Test A division at Rocking Horse Winter II over the weekend, claiming the top three spots. (He also second in the Advanced Test B division on Petite Flower, behind winners Alyssa Phillips and Bliss III,  in addition to finishing seventh on Park Trader and 15th on No Remorse.) 

Buck’s Advanced Test A scores:

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He is one busy dude who somehow always seems to be in two (or more!) places at once. At this event David Frechette, better known in the YouTube jungle as TheHorsePesterer, managed to capture the blur that is Buck on all three of his Advanced Test A horses in at least once phase. 

Enjoy! See full Rocking Horse Winter II H.T. results here.

#1: Buck & Copper Beach

#2. Buck & Halimey

#3. Buck Davidson & Carlevo

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What’s in Your Ring? with Kate Brown, Presented by Attwood

Kate Brown and Victor Z 54. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld. Kate Brown and Victor Z 54. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

What’s in Your Ring? is an EN series sponsored by Attwood Equestrian Surfaces in which riders share their favorite jumping exercises. It’s easy to get stuck in a training rut, and we hope this will inspire you with fresh ideas that you can take home and incorporate into your own programs.

This week’s edition comes from Kate Brown, a 4* event rider as well as a USDF bronze and silver medalist. She operates her training business, Kate Brown Eventing, in Aiken, SC, year-round. She is currently campaigning a lovely young horse, Victor Z, who is new to the Prelim level — we wish them the best of luck in 2017!


I like to use this exercise to get horses attention sharper and to get riders thinking ahead. There are a number of routes you can take depending on the level of your horse/rider combo but I will discuss the paths I primarily use.

As a warm up I start with cavaletti vertical cavaletti line. I keep the obstacles about the same height and let the horse figure its foot work out. Once that has been done I raise the height of the verticals appropriate to the level of the horse and start to incorporate the other elements.

I will do one vertical line turning to the center oxer (often I begin with the center oxer as a tall X to keep the riders/horses straight) and from there add a left or right turn to a skinny. From here you can vary tuning left and right to keep your horse listening and focused.

I find using tall Xs and cavaletti and skinny fences really forces the rider to ride through good turns and get straight to their fences.

The height of the fences can be as large or small as necessary. I do this with green/beginner novice horses using X rails and placing poles rather than tall cavaletti but they still use the skinny fences. For the more advanced horses I find using a wider square oxer really challenges the rider to ride forward through the turns and not get stuck waiting or backwards.

With the more advanced horses I then continue on to another bending exercise that adds more of a cross country feel. I have an oxer bending 8 to a corner, then 3 strides to an angled vertical. From there continue in a large roll back turn back to angle the vertical the other way and then 2 strides to a skinny.

Usually after they’ve warmed up through the S curve exercise previously mentioned, they’re straightforward to this one, but if they aren’t, omit the bending line to the oxer and just ride straight through the two fences on their own so the horse understands.

Watch Kate’s student Sydney Bolton, who is getting ready to move her thoroughbred up to Prelim this spring, demo the exercises:

Many thanks to Kate for sharing! Do you have an exercise to share or is there an eventer you would like to nominate for the “What’s in Your Ring?” series? Email [email protected]

Badger Hill Farm – Attwood Equestrian Surfaces from Bold Horse Media on Vimeo.

Weekly OTTB Wishlist from Cosequin

CANTER PA just bomb-dropped some serious lookers this week!

CANTER PA is based out of Penn National Racecourse but also lists horse at PARX as well as various farms throughout Pennsylvania. We’ve seen some very successful event horses come out of this program … could you be the proud owner of the next CANTER PA grad superstar?

Here are three that caught our eye:

Photo via CANTER PA.

Photo via CANTER PA.

Saint Roch (Street Sense – Chatique, by Deputy Minister): 2013 16.2-hand Kentucky-bred gelding

A big, stunning, hunky fellow with an athletic build and sensible personality, this guy could be an awesome find.

Very polite and patient for his listing, he has a kindness about him that makes his handlers think he’d be a nice choice for an amateur, as well as a pro. Offering a nice sport pedigree including such sires as Street Sense, Deputy Minister and Dixieland Band, we can see him being sought after by eventers. Even prettier in person, when CANTER saw this guy walking down the shedrow they instantly hoped that he would be our listing for the day. Very handsome!

View Saint Roch on CANTER PA.

Photo via CANTER PA.

Photo via CANTER PA.

Doctor Action (Van Nistelrooy – Khayelitsha, by Gold Case): 2011 16.1 1/2 hand Louisiana bred gelding

Big, bay and beautiful! Retiring after finishing in the top three of his 20 race track starts, with $32,470 in career earnings.

A substantial fellow who is known for being kind and cooperative, CANTER thinks this one could be the right mix of build and brains to please an amateur. His trainer said she “loved” him and that despite his size, he’s easy for someone as petite as her to handle. He was a model citizen for his listing and seemed like the type to just go with the flow. Check him out!

View Doctor Action on CANTER PA.

Photo via CANTER PA.

Photo via CANTER PA.

Final AMX (Southern Success – Declined Amx, by Devil His Due): 2014 15.2-hand gelding

Babycakes! This youngster is just turning three this spring and has lots of filling out to do. While his photos don’t do him justice, his video does give you a feel for how pretty he moves.

Well-bred for sport, there are some lovely lines in this guy’s pedigree that makes us think he’ll be a lovely prospect, including Dixieland Band, AP Indy, Devil His Due and Buckpasser. We’re told Final AMX is a very nice horse to handle, ride and be around, retiring with no known issues or vices after only FOUR starts!

A clean slate, this guy is ready to be molded into your next partner. He was very polite for his listing and seems like a sensible prospect.

View Final AMX on CANTER PA.

Darren Chiacchia Cleared of 2010 Charges, Releases Statement

Darren Chiacchia and Amendment 15 at Bromont in 2014. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Darren Chiacchia and Amendment 15 at Bromont in 2014. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

U.S. Olympian Darren Chiacchia has been cleared of 2010 felony charges alleging that he did not inform a former sexual partner that he was HIV positive. The online docket for Marion County, Florida confirms that the charges were dropped on Feb. 15, 2017.

His representatives issued the following statement to EN:

“Olympic medalist, 2003 Pan American Games gold medalist, and 2004 Rolex Kentucky CCI4* victor, Darren Chiacchia of Ocala, FL and Springville, NY, has been cleared of all charges under a Florida HIV disclosure law. After reviewing all available evidence, the prosecutors have acknowledged that dismissal is appropriate. Sadly, those unsupportable charges caused an eight year journey through the court system for a case that lacked merit from the beginning.

“The statute cited in Darren’s case is a 1986 law intended to protect against the spread of HIV. Florida is among multiple states that attached criminal penalties, but with major advancements in medical science, the validity of these statutes has been called into question.

“For Chiacchia, this nightmare began on the heels of his traumatic brain injury (TBI) at the Red Hills Horse Trials in March 2008. A rotational fall at a vertical following a combination bank complex left Chiacchia in a prolonged coma. He thereafter struggled to recover his ability to take care of himself, his riding career, and the relationships around him. Chiacchia’s diminished capacity certainly left him vulnerable to anyone intending to take advantage of him.

“An individual did just that in June 2009 when this person tried first in New York, then Kentucky and finally Florida to have Chiacchia arrested. He falsely claimed that Chiacchia violated Florida’s Health law requiring knowledge of an infectious HIV condition. Complicated by Chiacchia’s brain injury which limited his ability to assist in his own defense, together with conflicting interpretations of the legal reach of that antiquated health law, Darren’s case dragged on through multiple prosecutors and defense attorneys for years. Meanwhile, due to this false charge, his reputation was severely tarnished.

“It was not until Ocala, FL attorney, Paul Guilfoil became involved on July 1, 2014 that the full factual record was compiled. Chiacchia’s recovering memory and the honesty of multiple witnesses clearly contradicted the 2009 false claim against him.

“Perhaps the only positive outcome of this tragic mess is the fact that Chiacchia has become increasingly active in supporting change to HIV laws. Across the country these statutes tend to discourage testing for and treatment of the virus. Medical science continues to improve the details of HIV identification and treatment.

“Chiacchia has energetically involved himself in both the Florida and nationwide efforts to amend criminal HIV laws to reflect these changes. The fight also continues to improve our understanding of the effects of traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The lessons learned in Chiacchia’s struggle to both recover from a TBI and to defend himself against false legal charges provide an important caution to lawmakers and athletes.

“Chiacchia and many others fervently believe that no one should be the target of false criminal allegations or charges that rely upon antiquated and constitutionally over-broad punishment for any citizen; especially those who suffer from a disability making it difficult or impossible for them to defend themselves.”

Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Sunday am Starbucks run ☕️ #aqhaproud #sundayfunday

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Um, can we say #goals? For real, if I thought my horse would keep it together long enough for me to go to Starbucks, I really do think my life would be complete. And then my Starbucks tab would increase exponentially. Maybe this isn’t such a good idea…

Events Opening This Week:

CDCTA Spring H.T. (VA, A-2), Pine Hill Spring H.T. (TX, A-5), The Event Derby & Clinics at Fresno County Horse Park (CA, A-6) The Fork CIC3*/CIC2*/CIC1* & HT (NC, A-2) Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (GA, A-3) Spring Bay H.T. (KY, A-8), St. Johns H.T. (AZ, A-10)

Events Closing Today:

Southern Pines H.T. (NC, A-2) Red Hills International Horse Trials & Trade Fair (FL, A-3), Full Gallop Farm March II H.T. (SC, A-3)

News & Notes:

The USEA Young Horse Symposium is currently underway in Ocala, and there is a lot to learn when it comes to handling and educating young event horses. Chris Ryan was the featured headliner of yesterday’s Future Event Horse seminar, and the USEA has a great recap on the day here.

If you’re one of our UK readers, you definitely want to check out Elite Horse Owners’ Ambition Open Day in Devon this coming Saturday, February 25. Featuring a guest appearance by Mary King and EHO rider Tim Cheffings, the event will spotlight the Ambition syndicate for potential owners. [Ambition Open Day]

The 2017 FEI Sports Forum will be held April 10-11 in Switzerland, where jumping, eventing and endurance experts will discuss key topics pertaining to equestrian sport. The eventing sessions will feature David O’Connor and Giuseppe Della Chiesa and their thoughts on risk management. The sessions will be streamed live on as well. [Inside FEI]

Tuesday Video:

Monday Videos from Tredstep Ireland: Catching Up with Blackfoot Mystery & Shamwari

Boyd Martin posted video updates on two of his top horses, his WEG 2014 mount Shamwari 4, owned by the Shamwari 4 Syndicate, and his Rio Olympic partner Blackfoot Mystery, owned by the Blackfoot Mystery Syndicate.

Neither horse has competed since 2016, when Shamwari finished 12th at Rolex Kentucky and Blackfoot Mystery finished 16th individually in Rio.

Get an update on what Boyd’s plans are for the coming year for these two heavy hitters. We can’t wait to see more from both Shamwari and “Big Red”! Need more Boyd in your life? Check out the Windurra USA Fan Club.

In Memory of Javier Corradini: A Tribute to One of the Greats

The Corradini family: Cate, Charleigh, Georgia, Javier and Lexi. Photo by Erika Hagen Photography. The Corradini family: Cate, Charleigh, Georgia, Javier and Lexi. Photo by Erika Hagen Photography.

The equestrian community lost one of the greats on Thursday, February 16, 2017, and it is a loss that will be felt for years to come. Javier Corradini, 38, best known as trainer and eventing coach for Columbia Horse Center in Laurel, Maryland, left his life the same way he lived it — full of grace, optimism, love and fireworks with both his beloved wife, Cate, and his mother, Cristina, by his side.

A beautiful Eventing Nation article from February 2015 spoke about Javier’s fight against cancer, and the remarkable way the equestrian community rallied around to support him and his family during treatments, remarking on how strangers from Boston to Buenos Aires stepped in to help when Javier was sent away to Sloan Kettering in New York City for several months.

For people who don’t know Javier, they might wonder, Why him? Why did so many people reach out to this particular person? There are hundreds of reasons, thousands. I would like to share a few that hopefully will give you a glimpse into the remarkable life of a man who left us far too soon, but whose legacy will be felt for generations to come.

First and foremost, Javier was a lover of family, his own and yours. The son of two Argentinian equestrians, he was born May 12, 1978 and began eventing shortly after he learned to ride at the tender age of 7. After graduating from school, he was the only civilian accepted into the Esquela Militar de Equitación for an 18-month course of equestrian studies where he rode six hours a day, six days a week, with an emphasis on three-day eventing.

Javier, second from the right, in his graduation

Javier Corradini, second from the right, at his graduation from Esquela Militar de Equitación in Argentina.

When he arrived in America, he went to work for Mike Smith at one of his riding schools in Silver Spring, Maryland. Javier was young and naive, but he could ride like no one else we’d ever seen. People instantly loved him. There was, of course, his charisma, his good looks, and the fact that he couldn’t speak a lick of English, which was endearing. But more than that was an intense interest in all people. Every person who met him felt individually special.

In the spring of 2001 he came to Columbia Horse Center to work as a trainer, instructor, coach, and assistant to myself, then the general manager. He headed up the Equi-Lease Program, coached the Eventing Team, taught lessons, trained horses, designed courses for our shows, and was rallier-of-the-troops during the challenges that occasionally befall a large riding school.

But these are the things he did. What is important, what made him so remarkable, is how he did them, and why. He was an old soul not only in the complexities of life, but also in knowledge as a student of the horse. Javier approached every one of them — from champion eventers to the oldest school pony — with utmost respect for their intelligence, their history, and all the ways they are superior to humans. His connection to horses was rare, and his mastery went far beyond even that of the experts, because he never allowed himself to stop learning.

Ryan Minor, a young trainer who worked under Javier — and was personally mentored during a particularly difficult time in his life — has said, “When I didn’t understand something specific during a training exercise, Javier stopped and explained the history behind forward riding to me, which made everything clear. He wanted every student, every rider, to trust he would share the most accurate and valuable information possible.”

Javier Corradini competing in Argentina before his move to the U.S.

Javier Corradini competing in Argentina before his move to the U.S.

Certainly, he took his role as a teacher and trainer to the highest level, embracing the responsibility with vigor and his own never-ending quest for knowledge. But there was much more. He lived his life with compassion for the weary, including volunteering his time to teach military cancer patients how to ride. When a teenage boy was dating a CHC student, Javier recognized his desire to learn and understood his awkwardness, so he offered to meet him at the barn late at night to teach him to ride privately.

And when Javier took a group of students to a show in Lexington, one of the young girls, Errika, knew she was showing her horse for the last time as the family she leased her from had to sell the mare.

Errika says, “During the flat class, she suddenly went lame. So lame, in fact, that I pulled up and stood in the middle of the ring and did not continue the hack. I felt confused, sad, concerned, and angry all at the same time. How could this horse, who had never been lame before, go lame during our last ride?! I kept my composure and held the tears in. I got her back to the barn so she could rest, but was still keeping the tears back when Javier found me and said, ‘Come on, we’re going for a ride.’ We got in the golf cart he rented and drove to the top of the cross country field. He finally said, ‘It’s okay, you can cry now. Let it out.’ And I did. I cried and cried until I couldn’t cry any longer.”

Javier set the highest standards for himself, yet lived by his own rules. One student remembers being in a beginner class when Javier cantered gracefully through their lesson, smiling and waving at all the kids. “No one stopped him or said anything because he was Javier.”

He was that guy. If you said, “I can’t,” he said, “You can.” If you said, “I won’t,” he said, “You will.” And you did. Because he was Javier and you had complete trust in his faith in you. It was that faith that helped many young equestrians reach the upper levels of competition in a variety of disciplines.

Javier Corradini with his daughter, Georgia.

Javier Corradini with his daughter, Georgia.

When I made my long time dream of moving west to Jackson Hole, Wyoming come true, Javier offered to drive me 2,000 miles across country in my truck, pulling my trailer with my horse, my dog, and all my worldly possessions. I was well versed in his occasionally irritating Argentinian chivalry, so I knew he would insist on driving. This was fine, but then at 4:30 a.m., on the chilly morning we left, he handed me the keys and told me to drive.

I was surprised, but got in, started the truck and we headed west. After 200 miles he took over and drove the rest of the way. A year or so later, I asked him why he did that, and he said, “You waited so long to make your dream come true, and worked so hard to get to Wyoming, it was your place to begin that journey, not mine.”

Someone said to me recently, “Who even thinks like that, with that much concern and respect for the dreams of others?” The answer is simple. Javier did.

His life was so vibrant, so electric, even near the end none of us really thought he wouldn’t pull through. He’d battled too hard for too long, and loved his family with such ferocity. He fought with everything he had, every inch of the way. Cancer couldn’t get him. After all, he was Javier. In our world, he was Superman.

The lessons we will learn from why he left so soon likely won’t be revealed right away, but rather in Javier-time — which means when he is darn good and ready for us to understand. In the meantime, the community is once again rallying around his family — the love of his life, Cate, their two little daughters, Georgia and Charleigh, his mother Cristina, brothers, Ignacio, Joaquin, and Sebastian, and his mother-in-law, Eugenie.

A college fund will be set up for his daughters and a link provided here as soon as available. Information about his services can be found at this link.

Budweiser Clydesdales Coming to Red Hills Horse Trials

The Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to Red Hills! Photo by Robert Spiegel/Creative Commons. The Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to Red Hills! Photo by Robert Spiegel/Creative Commons.

Big news, EN! The world famous Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to Red Hills International Horse Trials, and you have the opportunity to see them up close as they parade throughout the grounds on cross country day, Saturday, March 11.

The popular horse trials in Tallahassee, Florida attract a large swath of the local community each year, which served as an attractive selling point to Budweiser and why the Clydesdales will be making the trip to Elinor Klapp-Phipps Park.

“The Budweiser Clydesdales have come to Tallahassee in the past for Florida State University football games and Homecoming,” Jane Barron, Red Hills co-organizer, said. “Red Hills doesn’t appeal to football fans, but we do appeal to a different set” — horse lovers of all ages.

History of the Budweiser Clydesdales

The Budweiser Clydesdales’ legacy as an American institution began April 7, 1933. August A. Busch Jr. and Adolphus Busch presented the two six-horse hitches of Clydesdales to their father as a gift in celebration of repealing Prohibition, a gesture that moved all of them to tears. The phrase “crying in your beer” was coined soon after.

Since then, the Clydesdales have appeared at thousands of parades and special occasions, including two Presidential inaugurations: Harry Truman’s inaugural parade in 1949 and again for Bill Clinton’s in 1993. The Clydesdales have also made numerous appearances in Budweiser’s iconic Super Bowl commercials.

The Clydesdales’ mascot, a Dalmatian, joined the hitch in 1950 as a nod to the breed’s history as guide dogs for horse-drawn fire engines. Once known as coach dogs, Dalmatians would run between carriage wheels and provide companionship to the horses.

Today three hitches of eight Clydesdales are located throughout the country — near the company’s brewing facilities in St. Louis, Missouri; Fort Collins, Colorado; and Merrimack, New Hampshire — and continue to delight millions of fans each year.

Anheuser-Busch owns about 250 Clydesdales that are raised at Grant’s Farm near St. Louis, home to about 35 mares, stallions and foals. About 15 foals are born each year at Grant’s Farm. Warm Springs Ranch near Boonville, Missouri, about 150 miles west of St. Louis, serves as Anheuser-Busch’s largest breeding operation.

#35. Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive. Photo by Jenni Autry.

2016 Red Hills CIC3* winners Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Fugitive. Spectators will have plenty to watch at this year’s event with the Budweiser Clydesdales in attendance. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Budweiser Clydesdales at Red Hills

Red Hills anticipates that 10,000 spectators will be in attendance to watch the Budweiser Clydesdales, as well as the eventing action on cross country day. The Clydesdales travel with three 50-foot semi trucks, and Budweiser’s welfare regulations restrict the Clydesdales from pulling the hitch for more than two miles.

“We had to be able to find a place in the park for the semi-trucks to get in and set up that is sufficiently isolated from crowds as they unload the hitch, Clydesdales and all the gear,” Jane said. “With the cross country course moving to the park proper, we had some logistical maneuvering to do.”

The Budweiser Clydesdales will parade during a break in cross country between divisions, which Red Hills expects to be about mid-day. As soon as the last horse comes off course, the Budweiser Clydesdales will start their route, going past stabling and cutting into the main arena before stopping at the Sponsor Tent.

Then the Clydesdales will circle the perimeter of the arena before going to the tailgate area, where they will stop and the drivers will present a case of Budweiser beer to the winners of the tailgate contest. The Clydesdales will end their route on the road that runs along the north side of the arena.

“They will be highly visible to spectators,” Jane said, noting that Budweiser does not allow spectators to take photos with the hitch due to safety concerns, but those in attendance are welcome to take as many photos as they like while the hitch passes by. “They come with security and handlers who walk with them the whole route,” moving at about 5 miles per hour.

Red Hills competitors, owners and sponsors are in for a special treat at the Sponsor Party on Friday night, March 10, when one Clydesdale and a smaller cart will attend the party. Fifteen years ago at Red Hills a Clydesdale mare and her foal attended the Sponsor Party, and Jane said she hopes the evening will be just as special and set the stage for the main event on Saturday.

“If you watch the Clydesdales pulling the hitch, within just a few steps their legs are moving together like a marching band. Everything about them is so captivating,” Jane said. “We feel so honored and grateful to Budweiser that they’ve agreed to come to Red Hills.”

Course designers Mike Etherington-Smith and David O'Connor. Photo by Shems Hamilton.

Course designers Mike Etherington-Smith and David O’Connor. Photo by Shems Hamilton.

Counting Down to Red Hills

Preparations for the horse trials, which will run March 10-12, are in full swing, with CIC3* course designer Mike Etherington-Smith and CIC2*/CIC* course designer David O’Connor both visiting the site over the weekend. Course builders Tyson Rementer and Levi Ryckewaert began setting out the jumps last week.

Dedicated Red Hills photographer Shems Hamilton was out and about yesterday snapping some photos to bring EN readers up to date on what is happening at the venue. Many thanks to Shem for taking EN behind the scenes! Scroll down for a full photo gallery.

Tickets are available at this link. Single-day passes are $15, with two-day passes priced at $25 and three-day passes priced at $40. Three-day ticket passes are available at a discounted rate of $30 through Feb. 28. Children 12 and under attend for free.

Chinch is going out of his furry little mind with excitement that the Budweiser Clydesdales will be attending Red Hills. Are you as excited as we are? We hope to see you in Florida! Go Eventing.

Red Hills Links: WebsiteEntriesSchedule, Tickets, Tailgate

Weekend Instagram Roundup: Eventing In Paradise

Over 250 horses competed from the Starter to Preliminary level at Paradise Farm’s first horse trials of the year in Aiken, SC.

Boyd Martin picked up a Preliminary win with The Fonz Himself on a 23.2 and a Training victory with Zoran on a remarkable 16.4! Both horses are owned by Bonnie J. Stedt. Kevin Keane and Vindakova also produced an impressive performance, winning Friday’s Open Preliminary on their dressage score of 18.6.

Francesca Broggini and Cooley High Flyer were the winner’s of the competition’s largest division, the 26-horse Open Novice. The pair led from the start on 23.3, marking this horse’s third consecutive win.

Congratulations to all the competitors! Check out full results at the link below and enjoy a roundup of your posts from Paradise Farm.

Paradise Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

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Cross country time for @dpequestrian & Quincy (@janemd4902) PJ w/ @jesshampf and Douglas w/ @liv.wall

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The calm before the storm Thursday night. #eventing #paradisefarmfebruaryhorsetrials #ridebetter A post shared by Sarah Lohnes (@lohnes.sarah) on

Team spirit

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Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Beau and his kitty friend, Duplicat. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld. Beau and his kitty friend, Duplicat. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

Just a few more weeks until Daylight Savings Time (don’t worry they will fly by), but the days are already getting longer and there’s been light enough to linger at the barn until almost 6:00 p.m. Here’s hoping the beautiful, weirdly warm weather we’ve experienced this winter (except in New England…which is suddenly getting record snowfall) makes a smooth transition into spring and we don’t go straight from a fake winter to mud season.

US Weekend Action:

Rocking Horse Winter II H.T. [Website] [Results]

Paradise Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Fresno County Horse Park CIC & H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

The USEA Classic Series Committee is looking for your input! Whether or not you’ve ever competed in a long-format competition the committee asks that you take five tiny minutes to complete this 5-question survey. Your answers will help determine how to offer the most exciting and educational experience at a long-format competition at all levels and identify specific needs to encourage organizers to host long-format events at the Preliminary level (there is only one at the country right now). [Take the Survey]

Tamie Smith will receive $1000 as the highest placed SCES rider in each of the CIC divisions at Fresno County Horse Park CIC and HT this weekend. Southern California Equestrian Sport pledged to award $500 in prize money per FEI division at Fresno and will offer the same prize at Aspen Farms HT in June. SCES is a non-profit organization designed to help athletes and owners expand their financial resources to train and compete. Learn more on the SCES website. [SCES to Award $2,000 in Prize Money]

A group of researchers from the University of Maryland, Baltimore and the University of Kentucky College of Public Health has organized bilingual training materials to improve occupational safety and health for horse farm employees and managers. The Thoroughbred Worker Health and Safety Study was a five-year research project that included input from horse farm employees, managers and owners [Study Aims to Improve Safety of Horse Farm Workers]

The ARK at JFK International Airport will be fully operational by summer 2017. Four years in the making, the ARK at JFK was constructed to meet the needs for importing and exporting animals through JFK. For horses, the ARK is a holding and rest area equipped with 23 individual 12-foot-by-12-foot’ stalls. Phase 1 is officially open and Phase 2, a full-service Import-Export Center featuring equine quarantine/import, a grooms’ lounge, and The ARK Aviary, is coming soon followed by Phase 3, which will include a full veterinary clinic, a veterinary blood laboratory, and pet boarding and grooming facility. [The ARK at JFK Equine, Livestock Export Center Now Open]

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Monday Video: We recently reported that Clark Montgomery’s Universe is enjoying competing in the jumper ring at HITS this winter. Watch Clark and “Buzz” in a jump-off!