Friday News & Notes

When you’re so tired you nap while being tacked. Photo by Kate Samuels.

When you move a baby horse into a much larger field, the rules dictate that you must take advantage of their extra sleepy state and go on hacks with them and exercise their brains. Bentley (above) has never been in more than a paddock, and I turned him out with two energetic thoroughbreds in a big old field, and he’s doing more exercise at night than he’s used to. Don’t worry, he catches some shut eye while being tacked up, and passes out all day.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Woodside International H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Live Scores]

Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farms: [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer] [Live Scores]

Ocala Fall H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Live Scores]

Radnor Hunt H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Show Photographer] [Volunteer] [Live Scores]

St. John’s H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times/Live Scores]

War Horse Event Series H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer] [Live Scores]

Glenarden Farm H.T.: [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

In memory of Zara Buren, riders at Glenarden Farm Horse Trials are asked to wear burgundy while competing this weekend, as well as using the hashtags #RideForZara and #RememberingZara. The event has a downloadable #RideForZara medical armband insert, and the Canadian Young Rider team will be selling #RideForZara bracelets at the event. You can find the downloadable insert on their website. [Glenarden Farm HT]

International dressage judge Sue Hobson from Pahiatua, was just elected as president of Equestrian Sport New Zealand. The position covers all disciplines under the Equestrian Federation: Eventing, Showjumping, Endurance and Dressage – which are all Olympic sports. Sue has had international experience as both an FEI 4* dressage judge and also has been a rider on transtasman teams in Australia at PSG and Grand Prix level. She has also competed in World Dressage Challenges over the years in New Zealand and has been on the New Zealand team. [Sue Hobson: President of ESNZ]

October is officially Maryland Horse Month! Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed October “Maryland Horse Month” in order to recognize the contributions made by the horse industry to the state. The COVID-19 pandemic postponed the Preakness Stakes from May 16 to Oct. 3. Jim McKay Maryland Million Day will take place at Laurel Park Oct. 24. The inaugural Maryland 5 Star eventing competition at Fair Hill International was set to take place in 2020, but that has been postponed to Oct. 14-17, 2021. Despite it’s small size, Maryland is a powerhouse in equestrian events, and the benefits of the horse to the state are innumerable. [Maryland Horse Month]

You’ve watched Schitt’s Creek, right? Ok good. (If you haven’t WHY ARE YOU STILL HERE GO WATCH IT). Wondering if your horse is a David or a Moira? Maybe a Roland? We’ve got you covered. Take this short quiz and find out which Schitt’s Creek character most embodies your horse. [Test Your Horse]