Thursday Reader from Devoucoux

Olivia Loiacano visits with Subway. Olivia Loiacano visits with Subway.

We are pleased to report that Olivia Loiacono’s Rolex horse, Subway, appears to be steadily recovering from his colic surgery earlier this week. Olivia and her connections have been diligently updating us through their Facebook campaign to raise funds to help with the cost of Subway’s hospital stay. Unfortunately, Olivia’s insurance coverage has been maxed out, so she has reached out to the eventing community to help her save her horse of a lifetime. There will also be auctions of various donated items and services, so keep an eye out for anything that may interest you. If you would like more information on how to help, or to keep up with Subway’s progress, please visit the Saving Subway Facebook page or GoFundMe page. Go Subway.

Events This Weekend:

Pine Top Spring Advanced HT [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

News From Around the Globe:

Area II eventer Zoe DiGiovanni passed away last October, and her family has found a special way to remember her. Working with the organizers of the Carolina International in March, Zoe’s family has established a fund to be able to dedicate a memorial fence on the cross country course. A mound/bank complex will be the designated jump, and will be renamed in Zoe’s honor once fundraising is complete. If you would like more information on how to donate, click here.

Do you compete your horse on your own? I’m not sure I’m cut out for it, personally. Competing sans trainer or groom can be intimidating to say the least, and Horse & Hound has come up with some useful tips for those of you who compete alone. [Tips for Competing Alone]

George Morris is coming back for more. Ilene Boorman’s Bridle Creek Farm in Aiken will be hosting a clinic with George Morris on February 24 and 25. Riding spots are full, but there is still space to audit if you are in the area. Auditing spots are $60. [George Morris Clinic]

The UK is currently suffering from damaging flooding. Many horses have been displaced from their homes, and the RSPCA has rescued over 400 animals in the last week. Officials are advising many horse owners to move their animals to higher ground, forcing the evacuation of many throughout the country. [UK Flooding]

The Bramham International is increasing their technological awareness, introducing a new website and e-ticketing system. The Bramham is the third largest horse trials in the UK for spectators, and organizers hope to attract even more attendees by making it more convenient to print tickets at home for the event. [Bramham Ups Technology]

Best of the Blogs:

Speaking of nasty weather, UK eventer Lauren Shannon blogs about all-weather eventing.

Video Break:

Who do you think would win in a head-to-head race between a Thoroughbred and a Quarter Horse?

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