Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips

Just two buds snoozin' and cruisin'. (Pepe and Leo, respectively). Photo by Kate Samuels.

Just two buds snoozin’ and cruisin’. (Pepe and Leo, respectively). Photo by Kate Samuels.

TGIF!! Seriously though, you guys. I’m pretty excited for my weekend, because while I’m not attending the last show of the year like I planned (thank you, Leo, for spooking and running into the fence line this week), I am going to be clipping (yay!) and baking apple pies (double yay!). I know, baking is kinda at odds with everything else I do, but it’s somehow very zen for me, and basically everybody loves you when you show up with a ridiculously delicious pie. That, and it makes your house smell good for days.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Full Moon Farms H.T. [Website]

River Glen Fall H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Ocala Fall H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Fresno County Horse Park H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

The USEF is enacting a new vaccination rule for the next competition year and beyond. Beginning December 1, 2015, all horses entering the grounds of a Federation-licensed competition must be accompanied by documentation of Equine Influenza Virus and Equine Herpes Virus (Rhinopneumonitis) vaccinations within six months prior to entering the stables. You can read up on the full rule here: [USEF GR845 Equine Vaccination Rule]

Equestrian sports at the Olympic Games could look radically different from 2020, if proposed format changes are approved.  All three of the equestrian sports on the Olympic program are in for major changes, as all sports vie to remain part of the Games, to fall in line with the International Olympic Committe’s Agenda 2020, which strives “to create attractive, modern, TV- and spectator-friendly sports” that will attract “a new generation of fans”. The IOC is proposing to decrease the number of team members for all sports as well as considering re-naming Eventing “equestrian triathalon” so that people know what the hell we’re doing. Face. Palm. [Radical Equestrian Overhaul for Olympics 2020]

Are you feeling the #NoStirrupNovember pain? We completely understand. That’s why we’re teaming up with Total Saddle Fit to give away a beautiful pair of calfskin leathers as your reward for all of your hard work this month. We’ve extended the deadline to Monday, November 16 at 5 p.m. EST so enter now! [#NoStirrupNovember Contest Details]

The first independent International Cross Country Safety Conference is coming up this February. The purpose of the conference is to “inform, discuss and contribute to the ongoing success of cross country courses while increasing awareness of best safety practices that should be adopted.” Discussions will include the use of frangible pins and other emerging safety technologies, developing a global cross country safety standard, Q&A sessions with guest speakers and more. Here’s the kicker though, they need to do a bit of fundraising for this to all go down, so even a little bit helps, and contributes towards a smarter and safer sport. Read more in Leslie’s write up [Cross Country Safety Conference in Ireland] and contribute to the Kickstarter [David Morton’s Kickstarter]

Did you know that SmartPak has their own Rambo turnout blanket collection? True story. They teamed up with one of the best blanket manufacturers to create a line of blankets that is pretty much excellent. I got one earlier this fall and was really delighted with the quality of the blanket, the way it fit, and most of all the way the rain simply poured off of it, leaving my horse dry and happy. A great product with the signature SmartPak competitive pricing, how can you go wrong? [SmartPak Collection Rhino Wug]

Congrats to Martha Morris, the winner of EN’s Fab Freebie giveaway for a Bucas Select Turnout with Stay-Dry Quilted Stable Blanket. Thank you to Toklat for partnering with us in this contest. Tune in next Monday to enter to win the latest Fab Freebie!

Do you think when this filly retires from racing we can take her in Events and get extra points in dressage for “floppy relaxed ears”??

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