Friday News & Notes

Winter wonderland! Photo by Genevieve Papagna.

Everybody can identify with getting a tree branch straight to the face. When I was a kid, I had a habit of going out into the field and climbing on my ponies bareback with nothing, which the pony didn’t really want any part of. Thus, she discovered the fastest way to dispose of me was to gallop as fast as she could towards a low hanging branch, and my choice was to either flatten myself on her back or bail and hope for the best. I was….largely unsupervised as a kid and made some interesting choices, ok?

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News From Around the Globe:

The 2021 Olympics might be in jeopardy again, as Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has declared a state of emergency in Tokyo and three other prefectures in an attempt to reduce the spread of coronavirus. The measure, which will come into force tomorrow, will be in place in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba and will remain until at least February 7. It comes as Tokyo reported a record 2,447 daily cases of COVID-19 today, shattering the previous high of 1,591. [Tokyo Goes on Lockdown Again]

A London community riding stables is appealing for support to help buy its home or risk no longer being able to help those whose lives have been changed by horses. Park Lane Stables in Teddington has survived for hundreds of years while the surrounding area has been developed. The current operators have been told by the landlord that their lease, which expires in May, will not be renewed, so they have started a crowdfunding campaign to raise £1m to buy the premises and secure their home, for all those who benefit from the work they do with horses. [Park Lane Stables Fundraiser]

Learn more about Barnstaple South Horse Trials! Happening this weekend, this new event has two competitions on the 2021 calendar, one this weekend and one in May. [USEA Events: Barnstaple South]

Looking to revolutionize your horse’s feeding program in 2021, or just learn more about equine nutrition? The FEI has answers for you, including problem solving with common issues that horse owners encounter. [Feeding Problems and Solutions]

I love nothing more than my first pony stories from top riders: