Thursday Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS)

A perfect horse bridge! Photo by Darrah Alexander.

This unseasonably warm winter weather has me more prepared in February than I’ve been in a long time, especially with a young horse that doesn’t go south and start competing until March. I’m feeling ready to tackle this year, and hopefully move up some levels and start doing some big boy jumps again!

National Holiday: National Tortellini Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse Winter II: [Website][Entry Status][Ride Times]

Paradise Farm H.T.: [Website][Entry Status][Ride Times]

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

News From Around the Globe:

Never let it be said that a small and average-moving horse isn’t worth giving a chance. In the current culture of the big fancy warmblood, lots of small and ordinary horses get overlooked, but they’re just waiting for the right person to bring out the magic. Dressage legend Lendon Gray opened up about the pony that defined her career, and how special Seldom Seen was as her first self-trained Grand Prix horse. [I Made My Career on a Small Average Mover]

Anyone want to move to England with me and also buy me this equine dream farm? Shurdington Farm sits on the edge of Cheltenham, and checks all the boxes with lots of paddocks, stalls, a solarium, an outdoor mirrored arena, and a round pen. Oh yeah, and a house for humans. [Droolworthy Equestrian Property for Sale]

Off track Thoroughbreds get lots of attention for second careers, but don’t forget about off track Standardbreds! Monmouth County Hunt in New Jersey recently hosted a Standardbred Hunt Day, attracting OTS’s from three states, showcasing their versatility after the racetrack. Well known for their great temperaments, soundness, and smooth gaits, Standardbreds take well to fox hunting, and showed it on this day in particular. [Standardbred Fox Hunting Day]

Best of Blogs: Lots To Learn

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