This week, in the space of three days, I added a furry member to my team, and spent 22 hours driving out of 72 hours of being alive, which is just not a good ratio. I got stuck in traffic (thanks D.C. beltway) several times, had nightmares about people pulling in front of me and braking abruptly, and ate waaaaay too many snacks but no actual food. It’s been a weird week, folks.
Anyway, we have Jenni Autry and Tilly Berendt on the grounds at Burghley and Leslie Wylie reporting at the AECs, so keep it locked on EN for coverage from around the globe. Go Eventing!
National Holiday: Lazy Mom’s Day
Major Events This Week:
U.S. Weekend Preview:
Silverwood Farm H.T. [Website]
News From Around the Globe:
Time is running out to apply for the Essex Horse Trials Grant and Seema Sonnad Junior Rider’s Grant! The deadline is midnight today. If you are 25 and under and riding at the CIC3* level, you are eligible to apply for the $10,000 Essex Horse Trials Grant. Riders 18 and under competing at the CCI* level are eligible for the $5,000 Seema Sonnad Junior Rider’s Grant. [More Details Here]
Horses displaced by Hurricane Harvey? If a large group of horses affected by the situation needs temporary shelter and is able to make the trip, the 924-acre Ocala Jockey Club in central Florida has up to 80 stalls available. OJC will donate dry stall and pasture use between now and Oct. 31 for horses currently on the Texas coast, displaced by Hurricane Harvey and related floods. [Contact Ocala Jockey Club]
“You’re only as old as the horse you’re riding” says Sir Mark Todd, who at 61 is eyeing Tokyo 2020. If he makes it, sorry, who are we kidding, when he makes it, that will be his ninth Olympic games. NINE!! He’s very keen on Leonidas, who is only 13 this year, and will only get better with time, but he’s also got some very good younger horses in the wings waiting to step up to the plate. [Mark Todd Eyes Tokyo 2020]
Jan Hoover and her 10-year-old Thoroughbred/Percheron gelding It’s Now or Never, aka “Aengus,” are competing this weekend at the AECs in the Beginner Novice Master Amateur division. Four years ago, though, Hoover fell from a young horse and shattered her L2 vertebra, and the resulting compression to the nerves and spinal cord have left her with a lack of feeling in both her feet and her right leg. Read more on this inspiring story about how Jan came back to walking just so she could get back on a horse. [Road to AEC]
Oooooh it’s September which means…blanket shopping!!! I have a new pony (errr…hony really) that needs to stock up on her blankets for the winter, so I’m measuring her this weekend and then hopping on SmartPak to see what the best deals are for turnout blankets to keep her dry and warm for the coming months. [SmartPak Products of the Day]
KER Product of the Week – Bio•Bloom™ PS
Are you looking for a soft, shiny coat with dapples galore? Could you also be looking to strengthen hooves? Developed by Kentucky Equine Research (KER), Bio•Bloom PS is a great choice for horses, as it serves as a dual-action supplement designed to promote and maintain healthy skin, coat, and hoof condition from the inside out.
Bio•Bloom PS is chock-full of ingredients designed to help boost hoof and coat health. Most horse owners are aware of the advantages of feeding biotin for hoof health, and Bio•Bloom PS contains the recommended amount of that B vitamin. Biotin also helps with skin and coat condition, as hair and hooves are similar microscopically, both dependent on keratin structures for strength and health. In addition to biotin, Bio•Bloom PS contains key minerals to support keratin-based structures, including iodine, and chelated zinc, as well as the essential amino acid methionine. Check it out for yourself here!