This weekend was my first time competing at Prelim with my little mare Serendipity — in fact it was a first for both of us. While most had their focus on Galway Downs, I spent my weekend at the Virginia Horse Center for my last event of 2015. At the conclusion of my Prelim run, the adrenaline still pumping has me champing at the bit for some time down in Aiken to hone in the necessary scores to continue my move up in this sport.
It was great seeing everyone one last time before winter settles in for a few months stay. As the coming events dwindle on the calendar, I have more fuel than ever to hit the ground running in 2016. A huge thanks goes out to Andy Bowles, and the rest of the VAHT team, for putting on a great event that without hesitation I will be returning to next year.
Events Opening Today: None
Events Closing This Week: MeadowCreek Park H.T – The Fall Social Event (TX, A-5)
Tuesday News and Notes:
Who Will be Mr. November?: HorseHubby.com is having their first Horse Hubby calendar contest. Photos of Hubby’s have been submitted and voting is now open. Take a look at all the soon to be famous horse hubby’s and vote for your favorite. The twelve hubby’s with most votes will be featured in the 2016 Horse Hubby calendar. [2016 Horse Hubby Calendar]
Point Two Special Offer: Point Two is at it again with another awesome offer. Now until December 31, canisters are 1/2 off when you send in your vest for service. Purchase additional canisters for 1/2 off as well. [Point Two Special Offer]
Days get Shorter, Coats get Longer: The time of year has come to make the decision to clip or not to clip. The USEA is here to help you if you decided to clip with some helpful hints. Clean horse, sharp blades, and choosing the right clippers for the job all can make this tedious job much easier. [Tips and Tricks of the Trade: Clipping]
AP’s New Digs: American Pharaoh was given a police escort to his new home at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky. He will take up residence in the old stall of Grand Slam, a top stallion of Ashford’s that died in 2012. Helping AP settle into his new routine of calm turn-out will be the 1995 Derby and Belmont winner, Thunder Gulch. A retirement ceremony for this amazing colt is in the works for later this year. [Retired American Pharaoh Arrives to Much Fanfare at Ashford]
Tuesday Video Break:
With Galway Downs over and done with, I’m holding on the the last bit of the eventing year and watching this over and over again.