Welcome to Monday, EN. Galway Downs is a wrap, and many happy competitors are on the way home. Buck Davidson and Petite Flower won the CCI3* by a very slim margin, with Jolie Wentworth and Good Knight taking second, and Elisabeth Haliday-Sharp third aboard HHS Cooley. I know that for many of us the event hangover is kicking in, and the week ahead looks like it’s going to be a long one. While I’m not suffering the direct effects of an event hangover myself, I’m starting to feel a cold coming on. The cure for whatever ails you is the same — lots of vitamin C, something warm to eat and plenty of time to peruse EN at your leisure. Take it easy this morning; this past weekend was one for the record books!
Events Still Open For Entry:
Monday News and Notes:
The analysis of the B sample from Clifton Promise will be available mid-November, according to an update posted on the Clifton Eventers Facebook page. “This timescale is a normal part of the legal process currently underway. You will appreciate that neither Jock nor Equestrian Sports New Zealand can make further comment at this stage.” [Clifton Eventers]
Roger, who you may remember from Sex and the City or Law & Order, is set to retire next year. Roger has worked in Central Park for 15 years. Regardless of your feelings about whether or not horse drawn carriages belong in NYC, this is a sweet story. Here’s to hoping Roger has a long and happy retirement! [NY Daily News]
Former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson has vowed to fight the federal ruling that will allow horse slaughterhouses to reopen. The horse slaughter debate in the US is a very emotional one and hotly contested to boot. Much of the recent developments center around a lawsuit by the Humane Society and animal protection groups which contended that federal officials had failed to consider the environmental impact. The lawsuit was tossed by a US District Judge and at least one slaughterhouse is doing it’s best to be open for business today. [USA Today]
The All American Quarter Horse Congress is debating a change of venue. The AQHA’s premiere horse show is mulling over the possibility of leaving the Ohio Expo Center and moving to a new location. According to show officials, the 360-acre property is no longer sufficient for their competitor’s needs. The show is the largest single-breed competition and has been hosted at the same location since 1967. [The Columbus Dispatch]
Jockeys in the 8th race at Bathurst Racecourse in Australia received a surprise when the sprinklers came on. Sometimes you just gotta stay focused. The horses carried on, with Path To Freedom winning. Due to the sprinkler issue non-winning tickets were refunded. [Deadspin]
Horse slobber is apparently now sue-worthy in Australia. A protestor who was part of a demonstration claims that the horse stood on his foot and slobbered on him. Representatives of the Police Association call the lawsuit outrageous. I better lawyer up, my horse is a slobber machine. [Yahoo! News Australia]
I am an admitted curmudgeon because I honestly don’t like kids, but this is too cute not to share. Three year old Fenton Kirkland and his pony Toffee were winners of a class of thirty adults. Seriously, his outfit is awesome. I think we need to take a look at what UK parents are dressing their kids in for in-hand showing when we start thinking about jog outfits. [Express.co.uk]
Monday Video: Conan O’Brien was at Santa Anita a few weekends ago and helped out by calling a race. It was interesting to say the least.