Friday News & Notes

The newest fashion in hacking attire! Photo by Kate Samuels.

My horses might never stop being embarrassed of me, especially when I get a bee in my bonnet to start riding in rope halters (and funny Zorro masks). However, as long as I don’t make him go in public like this, I suppose he will forgive me, because turns out being ridden in a halter is a great way to snack-n-hack, which everyone thoroughly enjoys with the wild spring grass.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Barnstaple South H.T.: [Website]

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

River Glen Spring H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status]

Waredaca H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Show Photographer] [Volunteer] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

EEI has responded to queries about the logistics about running the Kentucky 3-Day Event. When questioned about the involvement of the USEF and the exclusion of spectators, EEI has given some much needed clarification on the matter. [EEI Responds]

Ready for the Kentucky Derby tomorrow? Bone up on all your stats of the twenty 3-year-old entrants, find your favorite, and pick your underdog. We’ve got the ultimate cheat sheet right here. [KY Derby Cheat Sheet]

As we’re winding up for the Kentucky Derby, we’ve got an interesting story coming from Kentucky. A horse named after Breonna Taylor and owned by the lawyer who represented her family against the Louisville Metro Police Department, won the fourth race Thursday at Churchill Downs during Kentucky Derby week. Breonna, trained by Steve Margolis, rode to victory in the six-furlong race under jockey Corey Lanerie on a muddy track as rain pelted Louisville. [Breonna Taylor Victorious]

Ten years ago, YEH competitors were just making their marks. What became of them? Who made it to the upper levels and fulfilled their potential? Who is still competing today? Meet the YEH graduate class of 2011. [YEH Graduates]

Did you catch all the cool quarter marks at Kentucky? We’ve got an entire article dedicated to them, and they’ve truly evolved into a crazy art form. No longer do we just have the small squares or even just the shark’s teeth, but intricate designs representing different riders and even different countries. [It’s In the Details]