This weekend, it snowed in Virginia. Like, a lot. Way more than anybody expected. And moreover, it’s Thursday and it hasn’t melted, which is just crazy because usually it is gone within a day or two. Today, I’m happy to report that I am en route to sunny Mexico, and leaving all this cold and snow and horrible weather behind for five days! I’m off to Tulum for my nephew’s wedding and a little bit of an amazing vacation with one of my oldest and best friends. So long, snow bunnies!
National Holiday: National Day of the Horse!
News From Around the Globe:
At the recent USEA Convention, Dr. Mark Hart, Phillip Dutton, Erik Duvander, Lynn Symansky, Sam Watson, William Coleman, and Will Connell sat on a panel to review the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina. To say the least, the performance of the US Team left everyone a bit disappointed, but the mission from here is how to move forward and perform better at team competitions in the future. [What Did They Say]
The Neue Schule Academy is offering a brand new bit and bridle fitting qualification course. “It is widely acknowledged that correctly fitting tack has a positive effect on horse performance, health and welfare,” said a spokesman for the Neue Schule Academy. “Yet, although the importance of a well-fitting saddle is understood and appreciated, the fit of bridles and bits has been largely overlooked.” [New Bit and Bridle Fitting Course Qualification]
Tack cleaning: my personal least favorite barn chore. I know I’m not alone, either. However, one SmartPak blogger has figured out a way to encourage you to take better care of your tack, and even make it…enjoyable? I don’t know. I think I’ll have to try her tips and see if I can convert myself into an avid tack cleaner. [Lend Me Your Tack]
Just some fan girl material and also to make you drool a little before you put on ten layers to go outside: