Friday News & Notes

Will Coleman works on his chalk artistry while Team Rebecca’s Unlimited, leader of the CCI2*-L dressage, looks beautiful for the jogs at Midsouth. Photo via WCE FB.

One day, I’ll make it to Midsouth for their three-day event. There is something magical about Kentucky in October, it’s the most beautiful season (other than April, of course), and to cap off a season by galloping across those hallowed grounds would be such fun. Maybe next year! After an actual season of competition! Check out our recap of the FEI dressage with a beautiful jog gallery by JJ Sillman here.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event & Team Challenge: [Website] [Entries/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Hunt Club Farms H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Pine Hill Fall H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Tryon Riding & Hunt Club “Morris the Horse” H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Major International Events:

FEI WBFSH Eventing World Breeding Championship for Young Horses – Mondial du Lion: [Website] [Start List/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Ready to make your barn greener? Between bags of shavings and bags of grain, even a small barn has a huge amount of plastic waste. My barn has a recycling bin as well as a trash bin, and it fills up fast and all get out. Figuring out ways to re-use common items that we all have is just one little step you can do to reduce your carbon footprint in the barn. [Reduce, Reuse, Recycle In The Barn]

Is your horse feeling unexpectedly sluggish? Determining the cause of this can be fraught with confusion, as you do blood tests and change feed and experiment with different approaches to your workload. This article outlines some of the major causes for horses seeming a little less enthused about their jobs, and might help you in narrowing down the cause. [5 Reasons Why Your Horse Is Lacking Energy]

Ah dressage, how do we scientifically figure you out? The ideal dressage horse has supple and relaxed movements, with a pronounced beat. He’s free from resistance and works under light, even, and elastic contact from the rider, with a level of “thoroughness” with the horse functioning in one piece. His steps give the impression that he springs off the ground, and he has energy that is created and contained, but without resistance. But this doesn’t sound very objective, does it? How do we crack the code in terms of equine biomechanics? [Exploring the Science Behind Dressage]

Video: Well if this isn’t a gem of a flashback…