Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

My baby horse simply could not be cuter. Photo by Liz Crawley Photography.

The show season is winding down with only a few more events on the calendar for 2018 (also, how is it November already?). Winter is a great time for clinics, schooling shows, and having stress-free fun with your horse. To help you find these opportunities, we’ve brought back our What’s Happening series, EN’s guide to clinics and schooling shows throughout the country during the off-season. Check it out!

National Holiday: National Nachos Day

Major Events This Weekend:

Galway Downs: WebsiteResultsLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

Rocking Horse Fall H.T. [Website] [Results]

Full Gallop Farm November H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

Some of our eventing officials will soon retire and the training of the next generation of judges, technical delegates and course designers is paramount. An anonymous donor has issued a challenge to the USEA membership to raise funds to support training grants and educational programs for young officials. For every dollar donated, the donor will match it, up to $25,000. [Double the Value of Your Gift]

With freezing temperatures comes stiff, creaky, painful joints. If you’re feeling the cold in your knees and ankles, your four-legged friends might be too. Horses with degenerative joint disease may need extra attention to ensure their comfort and mobility through winter. Here’s how you can help. [Cold Weather Challenges for Horses with Osteoarthritis]

When Bertram Allen’s horse Quiet Easy II was disqualified from a show jumping competition for a minuscule mark on his flank earlier this year, the result was a call for a critical look at the blood rule. The FEI has proposed new wording for National Federations to consider and respond to before the upcoming FEI General Assembly. [Blood in spotlight as FEI proposes new show jumping rules]

Hot on Horse Nation: The #LegsofSteelChallenge

Monday Video: David O’Connor riding Gomarus at Rocking Horse last weekend. Is DOC making a competition comeback?