Friday News & Notes

Friday feelings. Photo by Jen Burgess.

Tomorrow, my friend is getting married to my vet of the past 16 years, and it is going to be the most horse-person filled wedding of all time. The horse community is strong in my area of Virginia, and I really can’t wait to see all the super tan arms and the super pale legs as we all pretend to know how to dress up outside of jodhpur pants and tall boots. We know how to walk in heels, right?

U.S. Weekend Preview

Stable View Oktoberfest 2/3/4* and H.T. (Aiken, Sc.): [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Volunteer]

Twin Rivers Fall International (Paso Robles, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. (Allentown, Nj.): [Website] [Volunteer]

Old Tavern H.T. at Great Meadow (The Plains, Va.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

University of New Hampshire H.T. (Durham, Nh.): [Website] [Entries]

Major International Events:

FEI Eventing European Championships: [Website] [Entries] [Start List & Scores] [Live Stream] [EN’s Coverage]

News From Around the Globe:

The biggest news of the week is obviously the retirement of the great Andrew Nicholson. The UK-based New Zealand national is one of the world’s most successful event riders of all time. He has ridden at six Olympics, winning two team bronze and a silver in the process, and seven World Championships, with team gold and both team and individual world medals to his name. Please enjoy this photo gallery from H&H of Andrew in years past. [Celebrating Andrew Nicholson]

Being efficient and skilled in your turns isn’t just for show jumpers anymore. The new competitive modern eventing means it’s crucial for any rider to master their technique when it comes to riding a turn and specifically through flatwork. Twenty-eight-year-old Swiss Olympic Show Jumper, Martin Fuchs, shares his advice, strategies and techniques for more balanced, efficient turns for all types of jumping courses. [Martin Fuchs’ Top Tips For Mastering Turns]

With the horse market going crazy and travel to Europe tricky at this time, more people are buying horses sight unseen. However, this is not a task for the uninitiated or uninformed. Following six simple rules from an equestrian law firm familiar with the proceedings will help you in your endeavors to find the perfect horse on the internet. [Six Rules For Buying A Horse Sight Unseen]

Amateurs competing in hunter/jumper, eventing and dressage, among others, will not be allowed to teach beginner lessons under proposed changes to the USEF’s so-called “amateur rule”—a reversal of course a task force studying the issue made in response to member feedback. Allowing amateurs to teach introductory lessons was one of five proposed rule changes discussed Wednesday during a USEF Amateur Task Force Rule Change Update And Survey Results webinar. As a result of the survey and member feedback, four of the five proposed changes will go to the Nov. 21 USEF board of directors meeting for approval. [Four Amateur Rule Changes Move Forward]