Forget your test, miss a jump on cross country, enter the ring before the bell, forget your number or armband (I have done all of these). It happens to the best of us–including pros like Tamie Smith–but live and learn, I suppose! I’ll never forget the time my mom cantered right by the finish flags on cross country but never went through them. She was eliminated but so elated with a great round, it didn’t matter. Years later it makes for a great story, and ever since she and I have always included the finish flags on our course walks.
National Holiday: National Cheese Doodle Day
U.S. Weekend Action:
Monday News and Notes:
Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farm has taken the plights of ex-racehorses and Thoroughbred racing stock into his own hands and formed the National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization in the hopes of saving racehorses from slaughter and reducing the number of breakdowns. The mission is to “pull from all available resources to be a comprehensive welfare organization that protects racing’s greatest asset–the horse–for the overall benefit of the sport.” [Porter Forms Organization to Save Horses]
A statistical risk report of eventing has been released by the FEI ahead of the upcoming FEI Sports Forum in Lausanne, Switzerland. The report reveals the percentage risk of a fall and serious injury at the 1* to 4* level. Click for a numbers summary. [Eventing risks laid out in just-published FEI report]
Come see Poplar Place Farm’s fresh new look with a new cross country track and jumps, refurbished all weather footing, updated stabling, a brand new show jumping course and more. Beginner Novice through Preliminary/Training plus Starter levels offered. Enter the March 24-25 Horse Trials by the March 6 closing date! [Omnibus]
Congratulations to Amanda Knutson, winner of a Success Equestrian Correction Half Pad in EN’s #FabFreebie giveaway. These no-slip saddle pads have four Velcro pockets and two inserts each to allow you to adjust saddle fit. [Success Equestrian Correction Half Pads]