Friday News & Notes

Is there a better feeling? Photo by JJ Sillman.

Can we talk about the horse market for a hot minute? I don’t know what is happening, or if anybody could have predicted that the result of a year of pandemic was that the sales of horses would absolutely become fire. This is wonderful news for sellers, of course, but as a regular person trying to find some horses for students, it’s crazy that by the time I text the owner, there is already a waitlist and we can hardly even get out to see a horse! Hopefully it calms down soon, and I can actually, you know, sit on a horse and maybe buy it.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Aspen Farms H.T. (Yelm, Wa.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Bucks County Horse Park H.T. (Revere, Pa.): [Website]

Golden Spike H.T. (Ogden, Ut.) : [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. (Poolesville, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer] [Live Scores]

Queeny Park H.T. (St. Louis, Mo.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

River Glen June H.T. (New Market, Tn.) : [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Valinor Farm H.T. (Plymouth, Ma.): [Website] [Entry Status]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. (Woodland, Ca.) : [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Major International Events:

Bicton International (Devon, United Kingdom): [Website] [Schedule and Ride Times] [Scores] [Live Stream]

News From Around the Globe:

Improve your mental focus with my personal favorite and longtime dressage guru, Ali Brock. Ali is the master of controlling and understanding your mental game, and we all know that is at least half of the battle in learning to ride effectively and competitively. Read and take these five tips to heart, and you won’t regret it. [5 Tips to Improve your Mental Game]

Want to learn more details about Phillip Dutton’s WEG and future Olympic partner, Z? Practical Horseman has you covered with this in depth interview about everything Z, from where he came from, what his personality is like, and what challenges Phillip faces in training this athletic and intense horse. [Sporthorse Star: Z]

The USEA has announced a request for expressions of interest to host the AEC for two years, in 2023 and 2024. In 2021, the USEA AEC will again be held at the Kentucky Horse Park, and in 2022 the AEC will move to Kalispell, Mont. at Rebecca Farm. Host site(s) should; be attractive and presentable venues, have consistently good footing, have the ability to promote to and accommodate large numbers of spectators, and have a demonstrated record of a media plan with demonstrated ability to successfully work with local media. [New AEC Venue Requested]

Is reconciling your accounts on your monthly list of things to do? Between feeding the horses, teaching lessons and keeping everything at your farm organized, you should also be verifying your checking and saving accounts, plus any credit cards, as well as your PayPal or Venmo account each and every month. Learn how to integrate this into your monthly activities for better business and less headache with this article. [Reconciling Your Accounts and Becoming a Better Business Person]