Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips

Who's that familiar man on the left?? Photo courtesy of Hilda Donohue.

Who’s that familiar man on the left?? Photo courtesy of Hilda Donahue.

 That’s Denny Emerson in the hat judging the Young Event Horse classes at the Dublin Horse Show on Wednesday this week! Karen O’Connor is also judging some of the classes. The show was first held in 1864 and is much loved in Ireland. It’s official, EN staff has added Dublin Horse Show to our bucket list. 

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News From Around the Globe:

Thirty-two year old Olympian Jock Paget has only been jumping for twelve years, and came from humble beginnings. Jock is amongst the few that did not ride as a kid, instead he was initially a bricklayer in New Zealand. After casually getting into horses, he started with riding bucking broncos at the rodeo, and somehow managed to get his way into Eventing through working for Kevin McNab. “I think he took me on because although I had never jumped a horse, he needed a retaining wall built”. However, it only took him two years to get to the three star level, and the rest is history. [From Bricklayer to Rio]

Help send Holly Payne and Never Outfoxed to Burghley CCI4*!! Fox has a special place in my heart, and I feel like he would be the perfect horse for Holly to tackle the massive Burghley on, and they’re beginning their efforts to make it happen. From Holly’s page: “After a bittersweet Rolex this Spring where Fox tried his heart out for the second year in a row, it’s time to take on a new 4 star. Fox may have been bred to race but he was born to be a 4 star horse and I would love to take him to Burghley CCI **** this fall. As many of you know it is very expensive to fly a horse over seas and back. We are looking for your help to make this dream come true for both of us.”. [Send Holly & Fox To Burghley]

Could Jousting become an Olympic sport? The charity English Heritage certainly thinks so. They’re asking the public to sign a petition to make the thousand-year-old sport official with the IOC. They’ve already made movements towards approaching both the FEI and the IOC about this issue, and hope that it will be added to the Olympic program. A similar campaign has been launched in the US, where Jousting is the official state sport of Maryland (who knew!?). [Jousting at the Olympics]

Best of Blogs: Horse Nation: More Than A Tack Room

Is there anything worse than getting halfway through a ride only to realize that both of you are too sweaty and the reins keep slipping? Ok, maybe worse than that is having hands that are in their own personal glove sauna in the middle of summer. That’s why you need these Roeckl Summer Chester Gloves, so you can escape both of these awful fates. [SmartPak Product of the Day]