Irma finally made its way to my neck of the woods in Northern Georgia yesterday afternoon. Lots of wind, limbs/trees down and power loss, but so far the only casualty is my poor Toyota Tundra whose hood was smashed beyond repair! After seeing the devastation in Texas and Florida, I think I can live with this as I keep those seriously effected in my thoughts. Donations through the USEF Disaster Relief Fund and The American Red Cross can go a long way to help!
National Holiday: National Chocolate Milkshake Day, National Day of Encouragement
Events Closing This Week: Fair Hill International CCI***/** (MD, A-2) Morven Park Fall International H.T. & CIC*/**/*** (VA, A-2) University of New Hampshire H.T. (NH, A-1) Jump Start H.T. (KY, A-8) Larkin Hill H.T. (NY, A-1) Carolina Horse Park Young Event Horse Competition (NC, A-2) Woodland Stallion Station H.T. (CA, A-6) Fair Hill International CCI***/** (MD, A-2) 3rd Annual Fall Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T. (WA, A-7) ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. at the Horsepark (NJ, A-2)
Entries have been extended for Surefire Horse Trials! Entries for their September 23-24 horse trial will be accepted until Monday, September 18th. [Surefire Horse Trials]
“I might burn his dressage saddle in front of him.” A promise made by Beanie Sturgis to her longtime partner, Lebowski, who has just been retired after winning the Open Intermediate at Gatcombe Horse Trials this weekend. “Rotter,” who came to be known for antics in the first phase, had eight four-star starts with Beanie, and will now retire to hunting with her two children. [Popular but Quirky Four-Star Event Horse Retires on A Win]
Squeezing nearly 250 events into 52 weeks requires strategic planning. The U.S. Eventing Association breaks down the process of mapping out the yearly eventing calendar in a way that both caters to the longstanding events while at the same time welcoming newcomers. [The Eventing Calendar Approval Process Explained]
As temperatures drop this fall, horses may begin to consume less water. Horse owners should be sure to always have clean water available at all times through all seasons. Fall is also a good time to keep an eye on body condition as you shift their forage from grass to hay. [Fall Feeding Tips]
The Virginia Horse Trials crew is getting ready for the October CCI/CIC/HT/Area II Championships. New fences have been built and the cross country footing has received careful attention all year. [Progress Continues at Virginia Horse Trials in Preparation for October CCI]
Tuesday Video: It’s time for Plantation Field! This is a fantastic event, and if you catch the live stream later this week you’ll hear our own Jenni Autry commenting!