Happy St Patrick’s Day, EN! I hope your weekend was as much fun as mine was. Part of my weekend was spent helping out at an “Everything But The Horse” Pony Club Rally. It was highly amusing, not only because it was hosted at the elementary school I attended, but also because I got to jump judge. Since it was a horseless rally, I got to sit in my judges booth and watch kids jump around over a show jumping course. Afterward, the kids answered some quiz questions from me to determine their score. All in all, a very entertaining time.
Events Opening This Week:
CIC2*/CIC1* Weatherford and Greenwood Farm, Inc. H (TX, A-5) MCTA H.T., Inc(MD, A-2) Riga Meadow Combined Test (CT, A-1) Heart of the Carolinas 3-Day Event & H.T. (SC, A-3) Penny Oaks H.T. (IN, A-8) Poplar Place Farm May H.T. (GA, A-3)
Monday News and Notes:
Morven Park continues its 100-year tradition of equestrian excellence with a 2014 groundbreaking for Phase I of its equestrian center renovation and expansion. With a goal of creating one of the premier equestrian venues on the East Coast, Morven Park’s plans include replacement of its outdoor arenas during Phase I. Engineering work for the outdoor arenas is under way, with groundbreaking anticipated in 2014 for four new competition arenas with the latest in quality footing. Plans include construction of a viewing pavilion for prime spectator viewing and hospitality, set in Morven Park’s beautiful 1,000-acre equestrian oasis. Additional projects include a Grand Prix field, all new barns and a new indoor stadium to create a comprehensive multi-discipline venue. The Grand Prix field will host show jumping, hunter derby and carriage driving competitions. [More information about Morven Park]
Ever wonder how they fit a horse with a prosthetic leg? Personally, I have very mixed feelings about animals, amputations and prosthetics. I’d be in a very hard place if I ever had to make this kind of decision for my own horse. Veterinarian Ted Vlahos is one of the few equine surgeons in the US that perform this surgery. [More from Billings Gazette]
Planning a trip to Hawaii in August and wondering where you’ll get your horse-fix while you’re there? Hawaii Island Humane Society ishosting their seventh annual Hawaii Horse Expo August 23rd and 24th. All events will take place at Paniolo Preservation Society’s Paniolo Heritage Center at Pukalani Stables in Waimea. [More from Hawaii247.com]
Horses are expensive, even in video games. Elder Scrolls Online will be released soon and one of the first microtransactions available to players will allow them to purchase a horse. For those who aren’t total geeks, a microtransaction allows a player to purchase digital goods with real money. These digital goods can be anything from better equipment, in-game currency, potions or in this case a horse. No word on how expensive they’ll be just yet. I’m not going to lie, I’m secretly excited because my husband is now fretting about whether or not he should buy a horse and asking ME for advice. I’m viewing this as a bonding experience. [More from escapistmagazine.com]
The neurological strain of Equine Herpes Virus has surfaced in Oregon. To date, one horse has died and four others at the same property near Eugene have tested positive. EHV is highly contagious but is not transmissible to humans. A total of ten horses on the property are quarantined. [More from registerguard.com]
The World Equestrian Games draw closer day by day and a massive veterinary squad is at the ready. There will be fourteen vets for endurance alone with another twelve official FEI vets handling the other disciplines. Key events such as the cross country phase of eventing and marathon phase of driving will bring additional vets on for the day. [More from horsetalk.co.nz]
Monday Video: Some Irish horses for you on St. Patrick’s Day!