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About Kate Samuels

Kate Samuels is an avid 3-Day Eventer who currently competes at the Advanced/3* level with her wonderful Selle Francais gelding, Nyls du Terroir. A rider since the tender age of three, she is a young professional in the sport learning as much as she can from various mentors, both equine and human. Kate has worked for Eventing Nation since 2011, and has enjoyed every minute of it. She brings a lifetime of experience with horses as well as a wealth of knowledge gained through competing at the top levels of the sport. When not riding through the boiling hot, freezing cold, rain or snow, Kate enjoys baking pies, photography, and finding ridiculous videos on the internet.

Eventing Background

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Highest Level Competed Advanced/CIC3*

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Good finds on a hack. Photo by Kate Samuels.

This time is awful and hard and stressful in so many ways, and the way I survive is trying to get the most satisfaction out of the little things. The spring weather is absolutely brilliant, my horses are fat and happy on new grass, and I get to do a lot of hacking through the woods and fields, which everyone enjoys. And sometimes I find half a deer skull, which I take home and my dog really enjoys that as a chew toy!

National Holiday:¬†National Unicorn Dayūü¶Ą

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Best of Blogs: Now Is The Time For Horse People To Take Care Of Each Other

When eventers can’t compete, they get creative.¬†Enter, the virtual CCI5* three day event. The entrants will video and ride their dressage tests, which will be streamed and judged live, and then the show jumping and cross country phases will be completed by the riders … on foot. Don’t worry, the trot-ups will also be included, and the whole thing is a charity event for the COVID-19 related NHS fund. [Top Riders Gear Up for Virtual Event]

Bored?¬†See if you’re smarter than a 12-year-old Pony Club C+ rider. Take this quiz on your knowledge, and hope you get it right! [Pass your Pony Club Rating]

What does the equestrian life look like during this pandemic? We’ve examined what this means for businesses, what it means for boarding barns/boarders and what it means for those who school and lease horses. But what are the implications of COVID-19 for those of us who own our horses, keep them on our own properties and are their primary caretakers? Send us your personal experiences and thoughts for this glimpse into the world today. [Horse Nation Wants Your Feedback]

Alex Titan, a brazilian Physical Education master degree student, needs our help. His research is about emotional development through equestrian practice, and your response to his survey could provide valuable information. Here are the links: [Brazil] [English] [Spanish] [French] [Portuguese] [Italian]

What we’re watching: A new episode of The Jon & Rick Show airs today at 6 p.m. EST, featuring special guest Dr. Mark Hart and¬† more. [Watch]

And! A new Athletux Instagram Live Q&A session featuring Liz Halliday-Sharp. The topic: “Finding the Perfect Bit For Your Horse.” Tune in at 12 PST/3 PM EST on Liz’s Instagram @lizhallidaysharp. [Watch]

What we’re listening to:¬†What Did You Miss? USEA Podcast Episodes #250 – #254

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Cali Johnson doing some magical roping on a young horse at Morningside. Photo by Morningside Eventing.

Despite this being the weirdest time in the literal world, this part of the year is my favorite. The magical time when the grass is coming in, everything is really bright green and the trees are poking out their first leaves, and the weather is usually pretty delightful. If you can, take a chance to enjoy some of the little things like sweet spring grass and budding flowers, as silly as it sounds.

National Holiday: National Tweed Day

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Staying positive during this pandemic is tough, but maybe positivity isn’t what you think it is.¬†Everyone on social media might be tempted to only post happy thoughts and photos, in an attempt to counteract the global feeling of dread, but it’s important to remember that it’s also okay to feel crummy. It’s okay to miss your horse, miss competing, miss your normal way of life. It’s also okay to appreciate the good things, even when they’re small. [Staying Postive with COVID-19]

During a time when many are only thinking about their own survival, one woman has dedicated herself to ensuring the survival of a neglected horse. Horse Nation brings us the story of Esther and Regal, a 20-year-old quarter horse gelding, who has a body score of 1 and is only 629 lbs. Faced with a long uphill climb, Esther is determined to use her time for good, and help this little gelding get back on his feet. [The Rehabilitation of Regal]

What does the¬†equestrian community look¬†like around the world?¬†COTH readers sent in photos and stories of how they’re occupying their time with or without their horses from countries all over the globe. From the US, to Ireland, and all the way to Australia, it’s comforting to know we’re all in this together. [COVID Across the Globe]

Thursday News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurances Services (THIS)

Liz Halliday’s Blackie adopted a mini to accompany him on trot sets during the pandemic. Photo from Liz Halliday.

Well, days of the week are becoming challenging at this point, and Virginia is on shelter-in-place orders until June 10th, at which point I don’t really know how well I’ll be doing with time and space in general. I thought about setting the day of the week as part of my morning alarm, but that seemed like what a crazy person would do, so I’m not there. Yet.

National Holiday: National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day

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Working a horse at liberty is always a cool thing to watch,¬†but how do you even get started with that? How about literally starting a horse under saddle at liberty? This whole thing sounds crazy and confusing, but then I read DeAnn Sloane’s blog on Horse Nation and everything was cleared up. [Ponying to Prepare for a Liberty Start]

If you’re able to ride, now is the time to work on those niggling details¬†you’ve been neglecting.¬†How about the rein-back? It challenges many a horse and rider, and it doesn’t need to be that complicated. Take a look at the official protocol for riding and teaching rein-back from the German Equestrian¬†Federation. [Backing Up the Right Way]

A question that many horse women are familiar with: how to integrate baby and barn?¬†Sometimes it’s seamless (with the assistance of real family and barn family) and sometimes it doesn’t quite work out the way you imagined, and horses fade into the background. COTH blogger Karen Hopper Usher thought she would raise her baby in the barn, but reality has been different so far. [On Briefly Considering Getting Out of Horses]

 

 

 

 

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Just a little cute Tsetserleg face to cheer you up. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Now is a really good time to finally get into those stretching and strengthening exercises you’ve been putting off forever because nobody really wants to do at-home workouts. But guess what, those things help your riding a lot! Especially if you don’t ride several horses a day, get you some online pilates classes and open those hip flexors! Thank me later.

National Holiday: National Spanish Paella Day

News From Around the Globe:

A new task-force has been established to deal with the daunting mission of rescheduling the Olympic Games for next year. The first goal is to establish dates available, and it has been mentioned that spring is a possibility. Along with that, they need to find facilities for the athlete village, and reorganize contracts with all of the collaborating forces. [Rescheduling the Olympic Games]

In honor of Brain Injury Awareness Month, Horse Nation writer Ashley shares her account of how a major concussion affected her life.¬†¬†If you haven’t had a concussion due to riding, you almost certainly know somebody who has. Some are minor, some are fairly severe, but all of them affect your overall health for the future. [A Fish Called Dory: A Concussion Story]

The UK is taking steps to offer financial relief to self employed individuals, including equestrians. Economic effects of the Coronavirus are ranging far and wide, but self employed equestrians have been largely left to hunker down and hope they can keep feeding the horses. UK government has proposed a relief bill that will offer up to £2,500 per month for at least three months. [British Equestrians Get Financial Relief]

 

Thursday News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS)

He’s ALWAYS blinking. Photo by Kate Samuels.

I know that the world is in total upheaval at the moment, and there are more pressing concerns, but also it’s hardcore shedding season right now and I need thoughts and prayers. I let my retired horse grow a full coat this winter, and didn’t clip it at all, and lord help me, it’s like the never ending black hole of hair. I got blisters on my fingers from using the shedding blade so much every day, and I don’t think he looks even remotely less hairy.

National Holiday: National Spinach Day

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How are boarding and lesson barns around the¬†country handling COVID-19?¬†It’s definitely a challenge, as more objects in a barn are shared than you might think, and keeping distance between riders as well as keeping hands gloved at all times is tough. Some barns have shut down, and others have come up with mandated practices. Riding is technically non-essential, but a lot of us would disagree with that definition. [To Ride or Not To Ride]

Able to ride, but out of ideas for training? With just four jumps you can make a wide variety of fun exercises, including my favorite, the circle of death. Make the most out of this time away from competition by getting in some extra ride-ability to the fences. [5 Easy Jumping Exercises]

Italy is having the worst time of it, and COTH blogger Jess Morton is reporting from the front lines.¬†She’s been on full lockdown at home with her family for over two weeks now, and unfortunately her horses are boarded down the road, so she hasn’t seen them. There will be at least two more weeks of lockdown, and Italian police are paroling the streets to make sure that people stay inside, and riding is definitely not essential to them. [The View from Italy]

Daily dose of Madden education:

 

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Can’t resist a throwback. Photo by Jenni Autry.

In the grand scheme of things, missing a competition isn’t really life changing. However, I’m not alone in saying that not being at Carolina International this year is a little sad, and not only because I’m missing seeing friends like EN alumni Leslie Threlkeld and Jenni Autry dressed up like ’80s maniacs. Here’s hoping we can come out of this pandemic stronger and smarter than ever.

National Holiday: National Ravioli Day

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If you find yourself losing track of what events have been canceled, check out EN’s updated list here.¬†You can view all of our content related to the COVID-19 outbreak here. Other pages to bookmark: the USEA’s rolling list of event cancellations and responses to COVID-19¬†and the USEF coronavirus resource hub.

What do you do when all your seasonal competition plans are delayed?¬†Will Faudree is here to say, maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world. Here to tell you all that there are definitely cool and fun aspect of all this weird forced vacation. Use this pandemic shutdown to get your dressage scores down, develop a new hobby, and keep up relationships via FaceTime. [Faudree Finds the Silver Lining]

Ready for your new equestrian challenge?¬†Check out the Gaucho Derby, run in stunning Patagonia and created by The Adventurists, who are the masterminds behind the Mongol Derby. On the 5th of March, 24 riders lined up for 10 days of riding over the most incredible terrain you’ll ever see, with extreme weather and extreme endurance riding. Don’t miss these insane photos. [Marie Griffis Wins Inaugural Gaucho Derby]

Horse people, we’ve been practicing social distancing for years.¬†In this photo challenge, we prove our exceptional skills at keeping at least six feet apart from, well, almost everybody, even our horse friends. [Social Distancing On Horseback]

Featured Video: In lieu of this year’s event, let’s take a #FlashbackFriday romp around Carolina International 2019 with Doug Payne and Vandiver!

 

 

Thursday News & Notes From Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS)

Instinct says the milk bar is somewhere around here…Photo by Coldspring Nurse Mares LLC.

This week I realized that the way I live my everyday life is not actually that far from surviving the COVID-19 protocols. I’m not a hermit or anything, but I’m not super large group social, I work from home, I buy things that I use regularly in bulk because I’m lazy, and I make the vast majority of my food from scratch. I mean, like really from scratch. While y’all are unable to find flour or bread at the store, I’m literally milling flour from wheat berries and making sourdough bread. Don’t @ me, okay, it’s delicious, and also currently very handy.

National Holiday: First Day of Spring!!

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With lots of time on your hands staying at home and distancing yourself from others,¬†you can finally get to reading some of those books you haven’t had time for. Luckily for you, Horse Nation has a certified book-junkie on staff, and she’s come up with your must-haves for the spring and summer reading season. [Must-Read Horse Books]

Feeling more of a movie vibe than a book reading vibe?¬†The Chronicle knows where to get you right in the feels, with the best horsey movies to watch this week (and maybe next). Honestly, I’m not ashamed to say that Secretariat winning the Belmont makes me tear up every time. [Best Horse Movies]

Figuring out how to practice safety protocols for COVID-19 and keep going to the barn can be a challenge.¬†Lots of items in and around the barn are shared, especially if you’re at a boarding barn. Play it smart, read this Q&A from Horse & Hound on how to keep safe but still enjoy your time with your horse. [How to Horse While Coronavirus Abounds]

Seeking some¬†great terrible horse jokes?¬†No worries, we got you covered. We’re all going a little stir crazy over here. [Horse Jokes To Make Your Whole Family Hate You]

 

Something we can all feel good about, a Novice cross country round with none other than Neville Bardos!

 

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Packy McGaughan. Photo by Mike McNally

We are deeply saddened at the loss of a great influence in the eventing world, as Patrick (Packy) McGaughan passed away Thursday night in his sleep at the age of 56. Packy was known for his humor, his passion for coaching, and his honest evaluations of the sport of eventing and competitions at home and abroad. He rode with Jack LeGoff on the US Team in the ’80s, and helped win a Team Gold in the 1987 Pan American Games. He will be deeply missed. [Packy McGaughen 1963-2020]

National Holiday: National Good Samaritan Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Ocala Winter II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Copper Meadows H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Pine Top Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

MeadowCreek Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

As major sporting organizations around the world continue to announce suspensions, postponements and cancellations due to the spread of the coronavirus, the equestrian world is feeling the effects as well. We are receiving updates from major competitions like Carolina International and Kentucky Three-Day Event that they are still planning on going forward, but all competitors who feel even a little sick are encouraged to PLEASE stay home, and everyone is to practice lots of hand washing and social distancing at competitions. Keep an eye on our continuously updated list here: [Equestrian Events Canceled or Modified]

Two jumps and a simple but difficult exercise from the¬†reigning world champion?¬†Sign me up, I’m all about minimal jump setting for maximum results. Ros Canter shows you how to achieve a number of training goals with horses of all levels with just two jumps in your ring, and gives you goals for both horse and rider as you proceed. [Ros Canter’s Useful Jumping Exercise]

Eventing legend Blyth Tait has retired from the sport for the second time, at the age of 58. He was considering a fifth Olympics at Tokyo later this year, but upon consideration, realized that he was happier to hand the reins over to young talents than pursue another overseas adventure. Blyth won team and individual gold at the 1990 WEG on Messiah, individual gold in the 1996 Olympics on Ready Teddy, won team and individual gold in the 1998 WEG, team silver and individual bronze in the 1992 Olympics, as well as two wins at Burghley in 1998 and 2001. [A Legend Retires]

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Thursday News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS)

Just living my best dog and pony life in the warm spring weather. Photo by Kate Samuels.

I got excited about a warm spring day this week and had an afternoon free, so I set out with my dog and my thoroughbred, and hit the trails. Lucky for me, I have access to a few thousand acres of trails right out my backyard, and it was so perfect. Unluckily, a group of angry dogs from another farm resulted in a detour that made the ride slightly, uh, longer than expected. Like three-and-a-half hours long. My horse needed a day of rest after his day of hacking.

National Holiday: National Girl Scout Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Ocala Winter II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Copper Meadows H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Pine Top Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

MeadowCreek Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Tamie Smith has announced the retirement of 2018 top 15 Kentucky finisher Wembley. The 17-year-old Dutch gelding, owned by Kevin Baumgartner, was originally competed by Tim Price before heading stateside, where Kevin competed him through four-star and Tamie through five-star. “When you decide a horse needs to retire typically it is because they are lame or just very old. Wembley isn‚Äôt that old yet, and he‚Äôs sound, but Kevin and Gretchen have decided that Wembley proved more than he needed to and how better to retire a horse than when they are sound and happy.” [Next Level Eventing]

In honor of International Women’s Day, EquiRatings is airing a full week of interviews with women in eventing sport.¬†Guests thus far include: Sue Baxter, who has been on the Ground Jury at all six of the world‚Äôs 5* events; Pippa Roome, magazine editor of Horse & Hound; and EN’s own Leslie Wylie. [Equiratings Podcast]

Heading to Kentucky in April? You and a friend might just win a chance to walk the 5* show jumping course with a rider, a renowned owner or trainer, or an equestrian celebrity on Sunday prior to the competition! Thanks to Hagyard Pharmacy, this could be your life. To enter, you just have to like Hagyard Pharmacy on Facebook, and fill out a short survey. [Enter to Win Showjump Coursewalk]

What are the chances of equine twins? Low. The chances of TWO sets of equine twins from the same mare?? Teeny teeny tiny. But Irish Sport Horse mare Destiny delivered a healthy pair of twins in 2018, and again this year. Both times, the twins were not perceived on the pregnancy scans, but came as a surprise. [Mare Has Two Successive Sets of Twins]

The effects of COVID-19 have begun to impact the equestrian world, and leave our competition season in question. We have compiled a list of competitions that have been modified or cancelled across the globe, categorized by country. We will keep this updated so you can plan accordingly. [Events Cancelled/Modified Due To COVID-19]

All eyes are on the Tokyo Olympic Games — will they go ahead as scheduled? Haruyuki Takahashi, a member of the Organizing Committee, expressed the possibility of the Games being postponed to the summer of 2022 in case of extreme necessity. [Japanese organizing official discusses possibility Olympics could be postponed 1-2 years]

Best of Blogs: Your Trainer, Translated

Featured Video:¬†Nearly $100,000 has been raised in the past week and a half toward the implementation of frangible technology nationwide thanks to YOUR incredible generosity. Let’s keep the momentum going. [USEA Frangible Fence Research] [Frangible Fences for Eventing US GoFundMe] Speaking of Jon, tune in at 6 p.m. tonight for a new edition of The Jon and Rick Show, with special guests Elisa Wallace and Timothy Harfield.

 

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Brandenburg’s Joshua, now 25, checking in from retirement at Hickory Hill! His career highlights include top five finishes in the 2003 Pan Am Games and Kentucky in 2006/2008, and a top 10 finish at his final five-star at Kentucky in 2009. Photo via @StephenBradleyEventing IG.

Red Hills weekend! A definitive weekend for so many horses and riders on the eventing circuit, and truly a destination event. I have been only twice, once as a groom and once as a competitor, and it’s an event like no other. The cross country there is its own kind of test, and is the first sneak peek we get of up-and-coming stars of the year. Can’t wait for Saturday!

National Holiday: National Oreo Cookie Day

U.S. Weekend Preview: 

Red Hills International H.T. (FL) [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop Farm March H.T. (SC) [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Southern Pines H.T. (NC) [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Every horse person’s nightmare: a car crashing directly into the back of your horse trailer.¬†June Russell lived that nightmare in June of last year traveling through Idaho with three horses in a four-horse slant trailer. A distracted driver went straight into the back at 80mph, killing one horse, and severely injuring the other two. June’s tricky show jumping mare was in the furthest stall, and miraculously recovered from her injuries. [Healing Home on the Range]

Former president of the FEI, Princess Haya, has been in hiding in the UK since April of last year. While the details were murky for many months, it has now been revealed that she fled there in fear of her life and the life of her children after many months of terror from her husband, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum of Dubai. [Princess Haya Escapes to England]

New year, new Retired Racehorse Project Makeover! Aubrey Graham has participated in the makeover for the past two years with young, lightly raced, red, and spicy Thoroughbreds, but her 2020 entry bucks all the trends. Vanderboom Ridge is a 2011 model, 17.1 hands, bay, ran 49 times, and is quiet as the day is long. Join them on Horse Nation as they blog their journey to the makeover! [Aubrey and Boomer: Road to RRP 2020]

Jamie McAllister, a Michigan eventer who rides with Jon Holling in Ocala during the winter, has created a t-shirt sale fundraiser for frangible technology to be used throughout all our areas at the Preliminary and above. “I travel all over the place and I would love to see our sport in the news for positive reasons and not for ¬†tragedies,” she says. “Frangible technology isn‚Äôt the answer to all accidents, but it‚Äôs a good start.” [Order]

Featured Video: Summer’s coming, baby! Are you ready? That‚Äôs right. Despite the cold, wet, snow/rain/mud that¬†has been plaguing¬†many of us, summer¬†is¬†coming, and getting your body beach-ready can be quite the issue, especially when you spend all day in the barn.

Fortunately,¬†Jordy Wilken¬†and¬†Roeland Disch¬†here to give us some ideas on how to stay in shape and get ready for summer. — DeAnn Sloan

 

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Nahhhh nobody has done this. No way.

The weather is the perfect kind of spring weather this week and I am living. It. Up. Baths for all the hairy horses, hacks through the woods and over the rivers, obsessively cleaning and conditioning all the tack I own, subsequently realizing that I own an insane amount of tack, and overall just enjoying the fact that I don’t have to wear twenty five layers. It’s the small joys in life.

National Holiday: National Cheese Doodle Day

U.S. Weekend Preview: 

Red Hills International H.T. (FL) [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop Farm March H.T. (SC) [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Southern Pines H.T. (NC) [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Applications now open for the 2020 Wilton Fair International Grant! Open to riders under 27-years-old and younger competing at the CCI4* level and above, and be willing to apprentice with an approved trainer in Europe within 12 months. Intended to offset costs of living, training, and competing abroad for a talented young rider as they learn, and one incredible opportunity. Deadline is March 30th. [Wilton Fair International Grant Application]

At the heart of the bluegrass state sits Transylvania University, one of the top 100 liberal art schools in America and home to Transylvania University‚Äôs Eventing Team. Head coach, Tanya Davis, works round the clock at her barn, Three Day Farm, to keep the team in top shape. Transylvania University, fondly known as ‚ÄúTransy,‚ÄĚ was founded in 1780, making it the 19th oldest university in the country. The eventing team was founded in 2012 as a varsity sport at Transylvania. [Transylvania Eventing Team]

Chelsea Smith has used her passion for horses to sustain her through struggles in her life, like most of us.¬†For years, she’s been trying to start a family with her husband Mark, and through this journey, discovered that she has Polycystic Ovary¬†Syndrome, making fertility difficult. PCOS is related to nutrition and stress, so no more ramen noodles on the road at competitions for Chelsea, but at the same time, riding was her stress release. [Horses Help Smith Remain Positive]

New year, new ways for your horse to find dumb ways to hurt himself.¬†We never want it to happen, but let’s face it, horses will be horses. Luckily, with the experts at Taylor Harris Insurance Services on your side, you can be prepared and protected should the worst come to be. Fill out a quote request in less than five minutes, and sleep easier tonight. [THIS Insures Top Eventers]

 

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Find someone who looks at you like Kim Severson looks at her horse. Photo from Kim Severson Eventing.

Don’t forget to catch the action today and tomorrow at the $50,000 LiftMaster Eventing Grand Prix at Bruce’s Field! We’ll be following along and giving reports, and you can always tune in to the Live Stream if you’re not in Aiken to see it in person. You can see the entry list here, it’s a star studded field!

National Holiday: National Public Sleeping Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Twin River Winter H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Rocking Horse III H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sporting Days Farm March H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Jacquie Brooks may be an Olympic dressage rider, but she’s also made a name for herself in helping Event riders of all¬†levels.¬†She’s incredible in her ability to break down training horses into achievable steps, and train a wide variety of horses and riders. Here, she tells about the simple fundamentals that make both dressage tests and jumping courses work smoothly, no matter what level. [The 7 Basic Skills For Fundamental Flatwork]

The¬†Virginia Horse Trials has been a standard part of east coast eventing calendars since 1989.¬†Held twice a year and created by Brian and Penny Ross 31 years ago, the event is famous for the cross country hills, and the enormous facility at the Virginia Horse Center. Hosting levels from Beginner Novice through Advanced/Intermediate and including ¬†CCI*, CCI2* and CCI3* levels as well, it’s an absolute destination competition. [USEA Events A-Z: Virginia Horse Trials]

Get your lotto tickets ready, this might be your next farm.¬†The Old Farm is 60 acres in Berkshire, England, and pretty much ticks all the boxes. While the farm hasn’t been operating as a horse farm recently, it has all the structures including two large barns, tons of fenced in fields, and loads of hacking. Only¬†¬£3M, not too bad right? [Wantable Farm of the Week]

Misty of Chincoteague was the book of my childhood, and I can’t be the only one.¬†The real story of Marguerite Henry discovering Misty with the Beebe family is not much different than the fairy tale of the book, but has lots of interesting details that you may not know. If you’re a fan like me, you’ll enjoy this. [The True Story of Misty of Chincoteague]

 

Can’t wait for tomorrow’s cross¬†country action? Relive last year:

 

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Be the cover of the calendar! Photo courtesy of MD Horse Trials.

Want to be the cover photo for the next Maryland Horse Trials Loch Moy Farm Calendar? You can be the star of the show — just submit a jumping photo of yourself and your horse competing at Maryland Horse Trials (bonus points for a logo banner) to this post on their Facebook page. Brb, searching to see if I have any cool ones from last year.

National Holiday: National Toast Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Twin River Winter H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Rocking Horse III H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sporting Days Farm March H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Tune in at 6 p.m. tonight for The Jon and Rick Show,  this week joined by USEF Developing Athlete Alex O’Neal. It’s sure to be an entertaining evening! [Jon and Rick Show]

One of the beautiful things about dressage is your ability to manipulate gaits with good training. Take it from somebody who rode a horse with a pony trot for many years, there are wonders to be achieved by training different things in the trot, and it can be modified from a rather plain pony gait into something more useful for the upper levels. International dressage judge Stephen Clarke gives advice on how to approach different types and improve their gaits with exercises. [How To Get the Most Out of Your Trot]

How do you compete in jumpers with little to no central vision?¬†Wren Blae Zimmerman started suffering eyesight loss at just 17, learning soon after that she had Stargardt’s Macular Dystrophy, which destroys your central vision, leaving you with some peripheral vision intact. Not only this, but she started riding after college, and was immediately determined to try jumping. [The Horse Lends Me His Eyes]

A relaxed horse is a good partner, and relaxation is sometimes elusive.¬†Tik Maynard thinks of relaxation and tension on a 1-10 scale, and believes when your horse is above a 3 on that scale, they’re not in a learning mindset. Figuring out what the physical signs of relaxation and tension are for your horse could be integral to improving your performances together. [How To Determine If Your Horse is Relaxed]

You can now register for the 9th edition of the FEI Sports Forum, which will take place April 6-7 at the IMD business school in Lausanne (SUI) and is open to all members of the equestrian industry and interested individuals. Since being launched in 2012, the Forum has become an essential tool in the FEI’s decision making process and an important platform for dialogue and consultation with the community. The deadline to register online is March 23. [Register]

Best of the Blogs:¬†Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Doesn’t Deter Pearce-Dean

Featured Video: Intro spotlight! Randi Koehn and Wall Street won the Introductory B division at Fresno County Horse Park (Feb. 14-16), leading from start to finish on a score of 29.2. Here they are cross country, courtesy of Ride On Video.

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Just some buddies together on a chilly barn day. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Even though now the calendar has many more events prior to Pine Top, I will always think of Pine Top Advanced as the first big event of the year. It’s the real, old school first Advanced of the year, anyway. Also, the two times in my life when I have been the coldest have also been at this competition, which tells you something about the wisdom of trying to go south to stay warm!

National Holiday: National Sticky Bun Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Pine Top Farm Adanced H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Three Lakes Winter II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop February II [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Irish Olympian Padraig McCarthy recently lent his wisdom to riders in Aiken for a two-day jumping clinic. With one day of show jumping at Five Henry Stables and one day of cross country at Full Gallop Farm, riders from Novice to Advanced learned about his emphasis on holding one track between jumps, establishing a bouncy canter, and keeping confidence through all exercises. [Clinic Report: Padraig McCarthy]

College¬†students take note! Brook Ledge Horse Transport is giving one lucky student a round-trip horse ticket¬†to anywhere from anywhere for the next college year! Open to any incoming or current college student under the age of 24, this opportunity is perfect for the young equestrian who doesn’t have the means to get their horse to a far away college. You don’t even have to be on an equestrian team to qualify, so check it out! [Brook Ledge 2020 Road Scholar]

We’re all suckers for horse movies, let’s face it.¬†Even though they¬†always feature excessive whinnying (PLEASE STOP), we just can’t help ourselves. This year, we look forward to Dream Horse, which is the true story of a Welsh bartender who rallies her whole small town to chip in money towards breeding and racing an unlikely champion racehorse. [Dream Horse Comes to Theaters in May]

 

 

 

Thursday News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS)

If this isn’t the perfect post-clear-cross-country photo I don’t know what is. Photo by JJ Sillman.

The grass is coming up since winter never really happened in Virginia, and the daffodils are fully popping out of the ground, and honestly I don’t trust it. I still can’t believe we are just going to slide right into spring without some kind of retribution in the form of a horrible snow storm in late March. Maybe in April I’ll stop being suspicious, but for now I’m waiting.

National Holiday: National Love Your Pet Day!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Pine Top Farm Adanced H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Three Lakes Winter II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop February II [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News from Around the Globe:

Important Bit Update: The FEI has confirmed that the French link mouthpiece is no longer permitted for FEI dressage tests. French link mouthpieces are still permitted for USEF National eventing competitions. Annex 1 of the USEF Rules for Eventing will be updated to include an illustration of the French link mouthpiece. Click here to view the full 2020 FEI Tack, Equipment & Dress FAQ.

As if you need another reason to go to Badminton this year, Valegro will be making an appearance! The 18-year-old superstar gelding will be leading the Parade of Champions on Thursday prior to the start of dressage for the event. [Valegro To Delight Fans at Badminton]

Florida Horse Park is on a quest to¬†raise money for an Advanced course! They’ve raised something in the ballpark of $13,000 to date and are hoping to raise $75,000 by April 30, to go toward jumps, ground work and additional irrigation. Can you help?¬†The Florida Horse Park is a non-profit 501(c)3, so every donation is tax deductible. They are also selling “jumps” for $2,000 — you (or your business!) can choose paint colors and perhaps even include a logo.¬†Email¬†[email protected] for more info. [Florida Horse Park]

Dating an equestrian can be an adventure to say the least.¬†We can boggle your mind with our ability to back up a ridiculously huge trailer into a very small spot, we require little more than a beer and a pizza at the end of the day to keep us happy, and we can definitely help you move. However … there are some things about our lifestyle that might startle the muggles. [5 Reasons To Date an Equestrian, and 5 Reasons Not To]

High level hunter derby classes are amazing to watch,¬†but the lower levels of that sport definitely get some flak for being, let’s say, less than exciting.¬†Riders within the hunter world are even condemning the quest for the comatose hunter horse, and asking for a return of emphasis on learning to ride instead of only wanting to compete and win ribbons. [Hunters Past Present and Future]

Best of the Blogs: When Your Friend Stops Riding

Featured Video:¬†The countdown is on … 49 days until the opening leg of ERM 2020, Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market International (April 10-11). [Event Rider Masters]

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

Hot on Horse Nation: Better Than Good: Tall Tales and Straight Talk from the Backside of the Track

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Nobody will ever top this moment from 2017 Wellington Showcase. Photos by Kate Samuels.

If you learn anything from this photo series above, let it be known that you should always keep clicking, even when things go a little awry, because you might just catch some magic. Also, sincerely hope nobody feels the need to take this Woodge Challenge this weekend, because honestly she’s probably the best spider monkey out there.

National Holiday: National Fettucini Alfredo Day

Midweek U.S. Action: 

Full Gallop Farm February H.T. [Results]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Mars Eventing Showcase [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Ocala Winter I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Pine Top Intermediate H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe: 

We continue to keep Kailey Giancola in our hearts. The 25-year-old eventer,¬†who suffered a severe brain stem injury¬†in a horse-related accident on Dec. 16,¬†is currently at the¬†Shepherd Center¬†in Atlanta and showing steady signs of progress. This week brought some hand squeezes, attempts to use her voice, several incidents of opening her eyes, and overall increased stimulation and alertness. “Hopefully these changes will be the final push that allow Kailey full emergence from this lower level of consciousness,” her brother David wrote in his daily update yesterday.¬†¬†[Kailey‚Äôs CaringBridge Journal] [GoFundMe]

Having a horse that turns really well for cross country is more important than ever. I know, steering right? However, with the speed and adrenaline of cross country, sometimes the steering goes out the window. This sweet little exercise teaches horses to turn before, after, and over jumps, and is accessible to all levels of horses and riders. [Slick & Sharp: Cross Country Exercise]

As a pro of competing alone, I can tell you it’s a game of preparation.¬†Practice being obsessively early for everything, make sure your horse(s) are good at standing on the trailer while you walk courses, and double check your packing list. [The Ultimate Guide to Competing Alone]

Photo Challenge: 8 Unbelievably Muddy Horses

Hot on Horse Nation: 10 Things Skiers and Riders Have in Common

 

 

 

Thursday News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS)

Boyd & Thomas looking forward to the Wellington Showcase this weekend! Photo by Meagan DeLisle.

I took my young horse cross country schooling this past weekend because the weather and the footing were ridiculously nice, and let’s just say he remembered what it was all about. The last time he did any cross country was Modified at Virginia Horse Trials in October, and as soon as I got on him this weekend, he started jigging and dancing sideways all the way out to the field. He’s always thought of himself as a five-star horse, and a chill winter working on dressage clearly hasn’t taken away his enthusiasm for the fun part.

National Holiday: National Frozen Yogurt Day

Midweek U.S. Action: 

Full Gallop Farm February H.T. [Results]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Mars Eventing Showcase [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Ocala Winter I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Pine Top Intermediate H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe: 

Doug Payne is fresh off a win in a Grand Prix showjumping class, and ready for more glory at the Mars Eventing Showcase this weekend.¬†He’s bringing the old campaigner, Vandiver, as well as his young talent, Quantum Leap. He’s had Quinn in his barn for many years now, and the pair have competed with great success at several CCI5*’s, while Q is just nine years old, but has been with Doug since he was a weanling. Keep an eye on that one, he’s competitive! [Wellington Showcase: Doug Payne]

How do the best in the business in England transform racehorses to sporthorses?¬†Gillian Carlisle is the chief executive of the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre (BTRC) and highlighted three vital stages to transforming an former racehorse ‚ÄĒ rehabilitation, retrain and rehome. She details the particulars of each phase in this article with H&H, and it’s definitely worth reading if you’re into OTTBs. [Transforming Racehorses]

Best of Blogs:¬†Self Care…What’s That?

Hot on Horse Nation: From Rags to Riches: Rescuing Each Other

A little flashback to Wellington Showcase 2017:

 

 

 

Product Review: Zandonà Carbon Air Tendon & Fetlock Boots

Zandonà Carbon Air Tendon Boots and Carbon Air Junior Fetlock Boots. Photo by Kate Samuels.

I had the chance recently to test out a pair of Zandonà Carbon Air Tendon Boots alongside their Carbon Air Junior Fetlock Boots, and as the owner of an expressive and noodle-legged Thoroughbred, good boots are very important to me. I have never used Zandona products before, but have heard good things about them from some jumper friends, so I was very interested to test them out myself.

Let’s start at the front, with the Carbon Air Tendon Boots, which I received in black and size medium, with clip closures. They are also available in brown, or white by special order, and sizes small through extra-large, and you can choose if you prefer velcro or clip closures. Lots of customization options!

These Carbon Air Tendon Boots feature an external thermoplastic polyurethane structure with varying thickness, a perforated neoprene lining, and six air vents over the fetlocks for each boot. Each boot also has gel-tech inserted between the TPU structure and the neoprene, which works as a shock absorber as well as increasing the comfort of the padding.

Zandona Carbon Air Tendon Boots with clip closures. Photo by Kate Samuels.

I’m a big fan of neoprene for horses that tend to have sensitive skin and are prone to rubs, and bonus points for ease of cleaning. These boots also have great breathability, with the air vents on each side, ensuring that your tendons stay protected from collision without overheating and causing possible damage.

These boots offer extra strike protection both down the length of the tendons as well as inside of the fetlock, preventing strikes from behind or interference from the forelimbs. Carbon Fibre elements are present under the shell to thermally insulate the joints from the heat generated by external friction, while increasing the mechanical resistance to impacts.

I can say that the ergonomic shape of these boots is excellent, because I know my horse interferes while trotting, and after a long ride they had not been rotated or moved in the least. I really liked the clip closures, I found them to be very secure with a double locking system while still easy to snap on.

My experience is that these boots run slightly small, as I used them on a fairly skinny-legged Thoroughbred, and they were slightly too short on his tendons, and secured on the last closure. When in doubt, size up for these boots.

For the Carbon Air Junior Fetlock Boots, they feature all of the previously described attributes, however they are only available with velcro closures. They were designed with compliance for FEI Young Horse jumper categories, and are specially designed for young horses. However, they work just as well for the older and more experienced horse.

Zandona Carbon Air Junior Fetlock Boots. Photo by Kate Samuels.

There’s also the option of the “Balance” boots, which are equipped with a magnetic device that improves cellular function, as well as proprioception and balance. The magnet is composed of Neodymium, Iron, and Boron with Nickel coating, and has been found to decrease limb fatigue by increasing vascular blood-flow and lymphatic circulation.

The benefits induced by increased vascular blood-flow and by the magnetic polarization are anti-inflammatory and produce analgesic effects, bone and joint articulation strengthening, as well as acceleration of the toxin expulsion process and of muscle lactic-acid absorption. These benefits lead to the improvement of movement and jumping performance of the horse.

I was initially a little bummed that the fetlock boots didn’t have matching clip closures, but the velcro was actually really nice. The double velcro closures were extremely secure and enable a really custom fit for the size of any horse. These ran true to size, and the medium fit him well.

While everything from Zandonà is crafted and created in Italy, we are lucky enough to have a distribution center in the USA, and they offer free shipping on all domestic orders, so you can have the luxury of European products without the shipping fees!

Check out their U.S. website for the full range of products distributed by Seadog Trading Company.

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Welcome, Fiona! Photo by Sally Crane Cox.

Big congrats to Ellie and Alex O’Neal who welcomed their first child, daughter¬†Fiona Quinn O‚ÄôNeal, on Tuesday of this week. She was born at 5:48 p.m. in Ocala, weighing in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces and 22 inches. She had her first tour of the barn yesterday afternoon and met Ellie‚Äôs four-star mare, Zeta, pictured. Fiona has actually already ‚Äúridden‚ÄĚ Zeta, when Ellie and Fiona competed Bromont last summer!

Can’t wait for photos of Fiona and her first pony later this year! Another little champion eventer in the making — watch out Kentucky Three Day Event 2040!

National Holiday: National Hot Chocolate Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Galway Downs Winter H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sporting Days Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Three Lakes H.T. at Caudle Ranch [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Our new girl crush is Mount Saint John Freestyle, and we’re not afraid to admit it.¬†Don’t mind the fact that she’s a fancy dressage lady, “Mrs Valegro” was purchased as a foal by her owner, Emma Blundell, and partnered with Charlotte DuJardin in 2015 after Emma did young horse classes with her. According to reports, she’s the Mary Poppins of horses, Practically Perfect in Every Way. [9 Things You Never Knew About Mount Saint John Freestyle]

Let’s talk about poop!¬†More specifically, fecal transplants. Diarrhea is an inconvenience for humans, but can be deadly for horses, with 30% of affected horses dying.¬†In the diarrhea therapy, called fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT), veterinarians take manure from a healthy donor horse and put it in the gut of the horse with diarrhea.¬†Although exactly how FMT works has yet to be determined, the hypothesis is that it repopulates a patient‚Äôs depleted gut bacteria to restore its natural species richness, normalizing the gastrointestinal microbiome.¬†[The Scoop On Poop]

Why do horses nicker?¬†Contrary to literally every horse movie director, it’s NOT when a horse sees another human, or experiences some kind of emotion, or the camera pans to them. Please. Somebody send this to Hollywood. PLEASE. [Why Do Horses Nicker]

Thursday News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS)

I can’t be the only one who has a weird collection of pitchforks that have one tine missing, right? I just can’t bring myself to throw them away, they’re 99% perfect but also 100% useless. Also the nice ergonomic pitchforks are strangely expensive, and it makes me very angry that one tiny piece can ruin it all. I can’t promise that I’ve never brought my glue gun to the barn in an attempt to resurrect one.

National Holiday: National Croissant Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Galway Downs Winter H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Sporting Days Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Three Lakes H.T. at Caudle Ranch [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Let’s all agree not to just wait on the FEI when it comes to our own safety this year.¬†The pressing need for riders to share responsibility for their own safety was a recurring theme at the F√©d√©ration Equestre Internationale Eventing Risk Management Seminar at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, England, Jan. 24-26. The gathering of 150 officials, trainers and course designers from around the world discussed developments in frangible technology; the latest thinking in course design such as intensity of jumping effort, groundlines and the profiling of the leading edge of a fence; and safety helmets, body protectors and medical cover. [Risk Management for 2020]

I love a good story of a firecracker pipsqueak.¬†McLain Ward’s new mount, Catoki, is barely 15.2, and was passed over for years by professionals due to his small stature. However, he’s found his way into McLain’s barn, and is already winning classes, with great promise for the future. He’s a brave and feisty one, make sure you watch the video! [McLain Wins With a Pocket Rocket]

Love Horse Nation?¬†Yeah, me too. It’s time for the 2020 HN Gallop Poll! Yes, we know. Okay puns aside, get to this poll and tell us about yourself. [HN Gallop Poll]

EN‚Äôs sister site, Jumper Nation, is on the hunt for a new part-time editor.¬†We are going to miss Meagan DeLisle, who has taken a position with Phelps Media ‚ÄĒ best of luck, Meagan! The ideal candidate has excellent writing/editing skills and is plugged in to the hunter/jumper community. Email us at¬†[email protected]. [Jumper Nation]

Ain’t no shame in my neck strap game:

 

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Winter riding realness. Photo via Alice VanBokkelen Equestrian.

I was real proud of myself yesterday because I tore down ALL the jumps in my ring, dragged it really well, and then set up a really cool exercise that is basically a giant zig-zag that goes down the middle. You can do it with poles or with jumps, and it’s just the serpentine from hell. Great for adjustability and bending, as well as great for humans using their brains quickly for reacting and planning. You know it’s a good exercise when you’re sweating on a 30 degree day after setting it all up.

National Holiday: National Peanut Butter Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

EN’s sister site, Jumper Nation, is on the hunt for a new part-time editor. We are going to miss Meagan DeLisle, who has taken a position with Phelps Media — best of luck, Meagan! The ideal candidate has excellent writing/editing skills and is plugged in to the hunter/jumper community. Email us at [email protected]. [Jumper Nation]
Anybody who knows anything will tell you that riding horses is at least half mental.¬†Honestly, probably even more than that. You can have all the skills in the world but if you can’t control your mind and use psychology to get a better performance from yourself and your horse, you’re toast. Check out these top 13 performance enhancing psychological tricks to take to your next lesson or competition. [13 Performance Psychology Pointers]
Funny racehorse names, we all know. But what about ridiculous sport horse names? Don’t worry, there are plenty of those. Bunny Killer. [Most Hilarious Horse Names]
Thoroughbreds are always popular in Eventing, but sadly we have seen the warmblood really take over in other horse sports.¬†Bringing the thoroughbred back to the Hunter world is particularly hard, but one couple in Camden, South Carolina, believe in the breed and it’s return to success in that sport. Danta and Danny Robertshaw remember the time when Hunters was dominated by the thoroughbred, and they’re determined to help bring them back to popularity. [We Still Believe In the Thoroughbred Hunter]

Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

When you start to see a little booty peeking through on an OTTB. Photo by Kate Samuels.

I feel like with a developing horse, every year they come out a little different, and Turkey is no different. He made the move up to Modified as his last event in October, and he thought he was VERY cool after cross country. He carried that mentality into 2020, and has decided that he is hot stuff 24/7 this year. This has created, to say the least, some adjustments to my riding and training. Every horse, every year, a new thing to learn.

National Holiday:¬†National Bootlegger’s Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Grand Oaks H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Stable View H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Considering a move up this year?¬†You’ll probably want to train skinny jumps, as they appear at almost all the levels now. Introducing skinny jumps mean honing your steering, building their confidence, making sure you can hold a line, and building trust between horse and rider. It’s an integral part of becoming a successful eventer, and something not to be neglected. [Introducing Skinny Jumps]

What’s it like to live a day in the life of a five-star eventer?¬†The Chronicle of the Horse gets up close and personal with Sinead Halpin, following her from dawn to dusk to find out what it really takes to be her. Baby wrangling, riding, teaching, coaching, cooking dinner, drinking wine, it’s all in a day. [A Day In The Life]

Listicle of the Day: 14 Things You Always Wanted To Ask Your Horse

99 problems and all of them are your mare?¬†Most mares get pregnant without major problems, but some encounter difficulties along the way. Breeders have a hard time getting certain mares in foal altogether, while other mares conceive but lose the pregnancy. The list of what can cause these reproductive issues is lengthy; when they occur, breeders and veterinarians must work together to determine the reason and find resolution. [What’s Plaguing Your Mare?]

Quiz of the Day: What Does Your Favorite Horse Breed Say About You?