Friday News & Notes

Just taking a moment during cross country to hug her horse. Photo courtesy of Katherine Linkogel.

Oof, just when you think winter is close to being over, it comes with vengeance at the end of the longest January in the world. I’m a little spoiled in Virginia so that I’m offended when it’s in the teens overnight, but I realize anything north of this thinks it’s no biggie. I don’t know why I’m always surprised when January and February are the worst, but they always are. Don’t worry, I’ve perfected the art of layering until I look like the Michelin Man.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Full Gallop Farm H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status]

Galway Downs Winter H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status]

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

News From Around the Globe:

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Get your online auction on! Check out the CDCTA online auction. With 95 items offered this year, you can get lessons from Olympians, vet services, custom leatherwork, photography sessions, cross country schooling, and so much more. The auction ends Sunday night at 10 pm EST.  [CDCTA Auction]

Don’t let bad myths ruin alfalfa for you or your horse. Alfalfa can be an important part of your horse’s diet, especially during the winter to keep the weight on. It won’t make your horse hyper, and it won’t cause kidney failure. [4 Misconceptions About Alfalfa]

Best of Blogs: When Riding Is a Key Component for Treating Mental Illness

Red Hills Horse Trials has a new look for 2021. Slated to be held at the beginning of March this year, there will be no spectators this year, and more changes to the cross country course. [Red Hills Horse Trials 2021]

Time to hone your skills for conformation critique with young horses. This week we’ve got a lovely 3-year-old thoroughbred gelding who shows good promise for the future. A key point of assessing a young horse is seeing past the possible awkward growth stages and envisioning what will become in a few years. [Conformation Critique with Chris Ryan]

Time to get those shoulders supple. Nope, not yours! Getting control of your horse’s shoulders is key for all phases, because without the shoulders your steering goes straight out the window. These exercises were specifically designed with the jumping horse and rider in mind by the great Jane Savoie, so don’t skip this link. [Exercises to Supple the Shoulders]