Friday News & Notes

Throwing it back to RRP. Photo by Nicole Patenaude.

Winter has arrived this week in Virginia, in true Virginia style with no warning whatsoever. We went from wearing t-shirts last week to digging out all of the apparel for the deepest of winter. I’m now suited up in my walking sleeping bag, which is actually a riding sleeping bag, thank you very much, and everyone can make fun of me all they want because I’m cozy and that’s my priority. Funny profession for somebody who would really rather be snuggled up on the couch with a few blankets all winter, but here we are.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Galway Downs International (Temecula, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Schedule] [Volunteer]

Full Gallop Farm November H.T. (Aiken, Sc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Full Moon Farms H.T. (Finksburg, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Rocking Horse Fall H.T. (Altoona, Fl.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Texas Rose Horse Park Fall H.T. (Tyler, Tx.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

Longtime Area I event trainer, Chronicle of the Horse advertising account manager, and founder of “Buck Off Cancer” Jess Halliday died on Oct. 26 after a hard-fought battle with colon cancer. Here, her friend, fellow eventer and Chronicle colleague, Caitlin Calder, shares her memories of Jess and the legacy she leaves. “While no amount of time with Jess was ever going to be enough, she did more, taught more and loved more in her short 33 years than most would be able to in a hundred. She showed me and so many others what it means to be an amazing person, incredible friend and to live life with abandon. Jess’ motto was always, “Be the person you needed when you were younger.” She was that and so much more to the countless kids who came through her lesson program: a coach, a friend, a role model. Her barn became a haven to so many young riders who shared her same passion.” [Remembering Jessica Halliday]

Remembering Ragtime Rebel: We have been following the exciting partnership of Jon Holling and the OTTB Ragtime Rebel on EN via their blogs on EN for some time, and are sad to report his loss due to a tragic accident earlier this week. [RIP Ragtime Rebel]

Stable View has committed to run a Modified division at December, February, and March’s Eventing Academies. November as well with enough entries. In the past, this division was left out due to zero entries. Please email [email protected] with any further questions.
The Jockey Club is offering a variety of scholarships targeted for horse farm and backstretch employees and family members, low-income students, students studying for a career in the Thoroughbred industry, and more. The Jockey Club Vision Scholarship may be of particular interest to BIPOC equestrians who will be enrolled in a college or university for the 2022-2023 school year. Click below for more details on all of their scholarship opportunities. [Apply for Scholarship Here]
Stefan Duma and the Helmet Lab team at Virginia Tech are developing a system to evaluate equestrian helmets. Ultimately, they want to reduce injuries for riders by providing helmet manufacturers with a blueprint for how they can develop the best helmets. Check out the cool video below!