Good Morning, EN! I hope you had a fantastic weekend. I’m recovering from the insanity that was Dragonfire’s Jingle Bell Academy Show as well as our White Elephant Holiday Party. My face hurts from smiling non-stop all weekend long. For all of you procrastinators out there, we are now less than 10 days away from Christmas. This means it’s time to get out there and get your shopping knocked out and house cleaning on. There’s a difference between “everyday clean” and “guests are coming clean”. I can’t be the only one who’s-laws get a little weirded out when they try to be helpful by putting glasses in the dishwasher and find themselves face to face with bits and spurs.
Events Open for Entry and Opening Soon:
- Opened November 26, 2013 : Ocala Horse Properties Winter I H.T. (Florida, A-3)
- Opened December 03, 2013 : Poplar Place Farm January H.T. (Georgia, A-3)
- Opened December 10, 2013 : Full Gallop Farm H.T (South Carolina, A-3) Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. (Florida, A-3) Fresno County Horse Park Combined Test (California, A-6)
- Opening December 17, 2013 Galway Downs Winter H.T. (California, A-6) Poplar Place Farm February H.T. (Georgia, A-3) Sporting Days Farm Horse Trials (South Carolina, A-3)
Monday News and Notes:
According to the most recent posts on Facebook, Jennie Brannigan’s Cambalda (“Ping”) is feeling better after a trip to New Bolton for colic. The EN crew sends their best wishes for a speedy recovery. [Jennie Brannigan on Facebook]
Six time Badminton champion Lucinda Green will be teaching a clinic at Fresno County Horse Park January 31st and February 1st. Clinic organizer Sue Funkey has indicated that there are a few spots left if you’d like to ride. Cost for the 2-day clinic is $400 for FCHP members and $420 for non-members. For more information please contact Sue. [Lucinda Green at FCHP]
Have you entered Eventing Nation’s latest contest? ‘Tis the season for wrapping presents, and to remind you just how easy it is to use STAYONS Instant Poultice Wraps from Hamilton BioVet, we want you to wrap your horse’s legs in the most creative way possible. Think colorful holiday wrapping paper (the more ridiculous the better), lots of ribbons and bows, and all the Christmas creativity you can possibly muster. To enter just snap a photo of your wrapping creation — you must wrap at least one leg — and send it to [email protected] by Tuesday, Dec. 17. We’ll put our favorite photos up to your vote, and the top three photos will each receive a prize pack from Hamilton BioVet. [Wrap Your Horse’s Legs Presented By Hamilton BioVet]
Claire Davis, 17 year old victim of the recent Colorado school shooting, is a fellow equestrian. On Friday, Claire was shot at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo. She remains in critical condition. In a statement from family members, they thanked not only friends but also “the equestrian community for their outpouring of love and support.” [More From LA Times]
Cirque du Soleil’s Equine themed spin off Cavalia is headed to the Middle East. As part of the 2014 Qasr Al Hosn Festival in Abu Dhabi, 41 horses as well as an assortment of riders, aerialists, acrobats, performers and musicians will take the stage for shows running from February 22nd thru March 1st. [More from Gulf News]
An Australian police horse named Viking is doing well after being punched by a drunk man. The Australian government has recently increased penalties in response to an upswing in attacks on police animals and guide dogs. Offenders can now see up to five years in jail if found guilty. [More from The Mirror]
Monday Video: I love how the holidays bring friends and family together. On Saturday, Dragonfire hosted it’s annual Jingle Bell Academy Show. Academy students had a chance to strut their stuff, many for the first time in a show environment.