Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

No words. Photo courtesy of Jennie Brannigan.

Ugh, the first real horrible summer heat wave hit Virginia this week. I’m like 90% sure that five days ago I was turning on the space heaters in my room, and then suddenly its 95 degrees during the day and so muggy you feel like you’re walking through soup. Welcome to Virginia in the summer, you never really quite get used to how horrible it is!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Hitching Post Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Results]

Kent School Spring H.T. [Website]

Fair Hill May H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Otter Creek Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

CCC Spring Gulch H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

With seventeen British riders entered at Luhmuhlen, hope is strong for the first GB win since 2010. Heading the pack is Pippa Funnell with her Rio ride Billy the Biz, Nicola Wilson with Bulana and Oliver Townend on four horses. Four! Ros Canter is also bringing a four-star first-timer after her brilliant round at Badminton, and Flora Harris, Harry Meade and Alex Bragg are all entered as well. [British Luhmuhlen Entries]

Canadian singer/songwriter Elyse Saunders and Roar Records have released a song in honor of Jessica Phoenix! Rise is all about Jessica’s comeback following her injury at Jersey Fresh ahead of the 2015 Pan American Games. Jessica got back in the tack in time to win an individual silver medal with Pavarotti. [Download Rise]

Breeding horses: not for the faint of heart. It’s every little girl’s dream to breed their own baby horse, and to snuggle it and grow up with it and have it become the champion of the world. But, for sport horse breeders who do that as a business, it’s a tough world to bring a horse all the way to three years of age and get it under saddle before selling it, and it’s not always profitable. [The Cost of Breeding: Is It Worth It?]

The Preakness is running tomorrow at Pimlico, are you all read up on the entrants? This year’s Preakness field is ten horses strong, including Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming along with some other colts that ran that race, and some fresh faces who are challenging from outside the Triple Crown Bid. [Horse Nation Preakness Preview]

Okay, tail cords on blankets might not be a glamorous topic, but hear me out. First of all, nobody likes a poopy tail string on a blanket, its just a disaster for everyone involved. The horse gets poop on his butt, you get poop on your hands when you touch it, and its just gross and smelly and cruddy. If you have these Rambo Replacement Tail Cords, not only does poop tend to not stick to it quite as much, but you can just hose that sucker off and be done with it. Get you one. [SmartPak Product of the Day]

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