This is my favorite time of year. Crisp, fall days are my absolute favorite. Bundling up in layers and unpacking my favorite winter hats and scarves. Cooking comforting soups and relaxing by a cozy fire. At the barn the horses are fresh and lively and the anticipation of the new year is invigorating but seems far enough away to just enjoy a stress-free ride. What is your favorite part of fall?
National Holiday: Actor’s Day
U.S. Weekend Action:
Monday News and Notes:
The BC Young Riders are holding their 2nd annual online auction! All money is used to subsidize Young Rider clinics, coaching and course walks at events, support for a destination event, and the NAJYRC. There are several items up for the bid including lessons/coaching from former BC riders – Tik Maynard, Danica Meyerhoff, Stephanie Rhodes-Bosch, Dana Cooke, Holly Jacks-Smithers – PLUS Mark Todd clinic, Rebecca Farms event entry, Sagmae Gift Certificate, Cat Skiing at Mustang Powder and so much more! The auction ends November 18th at 7 p.m. PST. [Click here to bid!]
The equine veterinary world is still on the hunt for a more affordable way to diagnose gastric ulcers in horses. A gastroscopy is the gold standard for diagnosis, but it is expensive and complicated. It was hoped that a new blood test that measures sucrose levels would be a potential solution, but the results were not 100% accurate. All is not lost, however, as sucrose may be yet be a useful “marker of gastric injury”. [Blood Test Misses Mark for Diagnosing Ulcers]
Have you been struggling to settle into the torture of #NoStirrupNovember? You are not alone! What you need are some helpful tips from an expert to get the most of stirrup-less sessions. The USEF Learning Center has a new video featuring Show Jumping Hall of Famer Anne Kursinski. She discusses the benefits of riding without stirrups and shares some helpful exercises along the way. [Riding Without Stirrups with Anne Kursinksi]
Rebecca Farm already hosts a world-class three-day event. This winter they will try their hand at organizing a skijoring competition! This involves a horse and rider pulling an athlete on snow skis through gates and over jumps. It sounds almost as thrilling as eventing! [Rebecca Farm to Host Skijoring Competition]
A recent survey revealed that bullying is rife within the professional equestrian world, particularly for grooms. The survey, conducted by the British Grooms Association, listed 70% of grooms as having been bullied by an employer or co-worker and 83% of them say they are suffering from stress or mental wellbeing issues as a result. The Grooms Minds project is calling for a change in the industry. [Grooms on the edge as bullying revealed]
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Monday Video: The Ocala Jockey Club International is this week!