Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Important and relevant. Photo by JJ Silliman.

Hey all you Kentucky fans! If you haven’t gotten to walk the course yet, I have a few ideas. One: fuel up on bourbon chicken. Two: hydrate, and bring extra hydration. Four star courses are really long, hope you like walking for a few hours. Three: go to the start box at noon to walk the course with Jimmie Schramm AND get a free KER goodie bag. You’re welcome in advance.

National Holiday: National Hairball Awareness Day (WHO COMES UP WITH THIS STUFF)

Major Events:

Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event: WebsiteRide TimesScheduleLive StreamLive ScoresEN’s CoverageEN’s InstagramEN’s Twitter

U.S. Weekend Preview:

University of New Hampshire Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Former USEA President Kevin Baumgardner competed Wembley through the CIC3* level before handing over the reins to Tamie Smith. Now she’s sitting in a very good position after dressage yesterday with the 15-year-old grey gelding at his four-star debut. When Kevin realized that his work responsibilities didn’t allow for him to pursue the top levels with a clearly talented horse, he offered Tamie the opportunity to keep developing the horse. [Amateur Horse Turned Four Star Champ]

The final pair has been accepted off the waitlist at Badminton following two more withdrawals this week. Michael and Trish Ryan removed both their horses, Dunlough Striker and Dunlagh Eclipse, which allowed Nina Dalton and Absolut Opposition to take the final slot. That leaves 92 as the current entry numbers, with withdrawals expected from both Oliver Townend and Tina Cook, as they have more than two horses entered but can only compete two. [Badminton Entry List Finalized]

#TimesUp in the horse world as we see a Safe Sport Code of Practice adopted by the American Horse Council. The code states, in part: “To behave ethically necessitates an awareness of power differentials among all persons involved.” The code is “intended to inform ethical judgments as persons consider asymmetric power relations among themselves and others they work with in professional roles.” [Safe Sport Code Adopted by AHC]

Get ready to get down at the 6th Annual EN Tailgate Party! The festivities take place during LRK3DE cross country in tailgating spaces S294 and S295, near the jog strip and announcer’s tower overlooking the infield. Stop by to get EN temporary-tatted up, schmooze with a certain celebrity Chinch, quench your thirst, enjoy a snack, and win some sweet swag.

It’s #LRK3DE photo contest time. If you’re at Kentucky, don’t forget to enter — here’s the 411: