Thursday Reader from Devoucoux

Drop and give me 50! Frankie Theriot under Coach Bennett's orders at Galway. Photo from Chelan Kozak.

Happy Halloween! I’ve concluded that a horse’s least favorite day of the year has got to be Halloween because of the ridiculous get-ups that we make them wear. I made my horse dress up as a My Little Pony a couple of years ago, and I’m sure he still hasn’t forgiven me for the massive amounts of glitter (and fairy wings!) that he was subjected to that day. But hey, he helped me win a photo contest so really he should be thanking me for those free Mrs. Pastures. You’re welcome, buddy.

Galway Downs gets underway this weekend, and plenty of West Coast superstars are getting ready to bring it all to the table. We have plenty of guest bloggers ready to bring you the action this weekend, courtesy of Athletux, so keep it right here!

Galway Downs Links: [Website] [Entry Status/Times] [Facebook Page]

Events This Weekend:

Rocking Horse H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Virginia H.T. and CCI* [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Pine Hill H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

News:

I’ve always loved watching a beautifully matched driving team do its thing. While I have never made it to a competition, it is definitely on my list of things to see when the World Equestrian Games are within travel range. Now, what do you get when you combine driving with ponies? The USEF has just named the US team for the 2013 FEI Pony World Driving Championships in Pau this coming weekend. [US Pony World Championships Team] [More Information on the PDWC]

There has been much controversy surrounding endurance riding recently. It comes as no surprise, then, that the policies and procedures of the sport are being looked at closely by welfare associations. Currently, monitoring horses that are in training and examining post-race procedures are on the discussion board as proposed improvements. [Welfare conference in Abu Dhabi addresses endurance horses]

The World Equestrian Games will be here before we know it. The dressage world is gearing up for the upcoming selection trials, and one of the stops will be in Gladstone, NJ at the 2014 Dressage Festival of Champions. The competition was held in Lexington, Ky. this year and will be a selection trial for the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy. [Dressage Festival of Champions]

The Horse Trust, of Great Britain, is the world’s oldest horse related charity. The Trust was established in 1886 to help working horses, and the focal point of the charity quickly turned to war horses as time went on. Today, the Trust is home to many retired working horses, including cavalry members. The Horse Trust will be honoring war horses on the second Sunday of November, also known as Remembrance Day. [The Horse Trust honors equine war heroes]

Adelaide, Australia now boasts one of the most state of the art equine hospitals in the world. It opened at $10M facility based on the University of Adelaide campus that features state of the art facilities and a wide range of equine health care services. The staff are eager to offer many services that horse owners were not able to access in southern Australia until now. [Equine hospital in southern Australia]

Best of the Blogs:

Groom extraordinaire Meg Kep blogs about the price we pay for our goals.

Here’s a little Halloween magic for you. Shetland ponies + costumes + racing = cuteness overload. Racing action gets going right around 5:50.

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