Wednesday News and Notes from MDBarnmaster

Sunset in Middleburg....at 5:30 p.m. Photo courtesy of Amanda Draper. Sunset in Middleburg....at 5:30 p.m. Photo courtesy of Amanda Draper.

Every year, I forget how early the sun sets after Daylight Savings Time is over. Right now, I get out of work at 5 p.m. and it’s already pitch black. Soon, it will be dark in the morning when I get to work too. This is one of those things that I didn’t bargain on when I moved north!

North American Weekend Preview:

Full Moon Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

River Glen Fall H.T.  [Website]

Ocala Horse Properties Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Las Cruces H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

FEI Global Weekend Preview:

Le Pouget (FRA) CCI1*, CIC2*  [Website] [Start Lists/Results]

Adelaide (AUS) CCI2/4* [Website] [Entries]

Woodhill Sands (NZL) CIC1/2* [Website]

Goresbridge Go For Gold Auction is underway. The popular auction has produced current success stories such as Copper Beech, Rockfield Grant Juan, and Cooley Cross Border. If you need to kill an hour or three, take a look at the sales catalog and performance footage. [Goresbridge Go For Gold]

Found a horse you like? If you happen to stumble upon a sales horse you absolutely must have but have no experience with auctions, Horse & Hound has you covered. This article provides the basics of how to purchase a sport horse through an auction. [How to Buy a Horse at an Auction]

Back behavior. Horse & Hound is on a roll this week, with a great article on the basic anatomy of a horse’s back. Not only can you view the anatomy painted directly on a horse, you can also discover how each portion of the back contributes to movement. [Understand Horses’ Backs]

It’s time to clip those furry creatures. The dreaded clip job is finally upon us…although who are we kidding? Quite a few of the horses competing this fall have already sported at least one haircut. If you’re just now picking up your clippers, have a gander at SmartPak’s basic guide to clipping.  [The Art of Clipping]

This week on the Eventing Radio Show: Cooley Sporthorses. If you want to know more about Cooley horses, here’s your chance! Liz Halliday and Richard Sheane talk about their new venture in Ocala. Rebecca Howard pops by to talk about her season and looks forward to 2015.  [Eventing Radio Show]

SmartPak Product of the Day: One of the most important things for a good clip job is a sharp pair of clipper blades. As such, I always make sure I have an extra, sharpened set lying around when I begin this monstrous task. [SmartPak]

Though he be but little, he is fierce. Doesn’t Play Fair may not be the tallest horse, but he has some hops. Maya Black pilots him around a one rail course at Galway Downs.

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