Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips


Tim Price in da house! Photo courtesy of Jenni Autry.

Let the Wellington Showcase begin!! Personally, I’m just excited to see how that whole “jumping through the VIP tent” thing goes for cross country. I know my horse would completely lose his mind if he had to go through a tent, that’s like his living nightmare. What if it’s flapping!? Have you seen it?

Click here for order of go and ride times and here for all our pre-event coverage. All phases will be live streamed at with color commentary from Dom and Jimmie Schramm!

Daily Live Stream Links:
Dressage at 8 a.m., Friday, Feb. 5
Show Jumping at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 6
Cross-Country at 1:00 p.m., Saturday , Feb. 6

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Poplar Place Farm February H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Sporting Days H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Galway Downs H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Congratulations to Kelly Garbach, the winner of this week’s Fab Freebie! Kelly will receive a brand new cross country pinny holder in a color of her choice thanks to Jon Sonkin, who is marketing these products for color conscious eventers everywhere. Congratulations, Kelly! [Fab Freebie: JAS Pinny Holder]

The British Equestrian Federation, on behalf of British Eventing, has submitted some thoughts regarding the proposed changes to Olympic Eventing. They are proposing a four person team composition, instead of three, but agree that only three should compete in the final phase of show jumping. They have agreed with the FEI that the word “Triathlon” should be integrated into the name of the sport, and suggest that cross country is run in reverse order of dressage standings in order to amp up the excitement for the spectators. Read on to find all about BE’s thoughts for the future. [British Eventing on Proposed Olympic Changes]

Kyle Carter is heading to the Wellington Showcase with his homebred, FR’s Trust Fund, this weekend. Bred by Kyle and his wife Jen, Finn is out of a mare that Kyle competed at Rolex in 1994 and by Ringfort Tinktoo. In 2013, Finn had a pinched nerve in his neck that was almost impossible to diagnose, and quite nearly resulted in his death. However, after many months of diagnostics and treatment, he bounced back and completed his first Advanced horse trials last fall to great success. [One to Watch: Kyle Carter & FR’s Trust Fund]

Sometimes what you know and what you end up doing on horseback just don’t match up. Sometimes, we refer to this phenomenon as “brain freeze”, and not the fun kind that you get from ice cream. H&C editor Victoria Spicer recounts an experience at a recent horse show that I think we can ALL relate to at one point or another. [Why Do I Have Total Brain Freeze!?]

Hot on HN (slash the WEIRDEST thing I’ve seen all week): Breaking a Mule, Backwards

Positive reinforcement isn’t just a lack of negative reinforcement, it’s the addition of something good! That sounds obvious, but a lot of people think that using treats as a positive reinforcement for horses is silly. I’m of the other school. My horses don’t get treats randomly, they know that it’s part of the learning process, and I use them for all kinds of problems and all kinds of horses. I LOVE these Buckeye peppermint treats, because they are sugar free, small enough to carry bunches in my pockets, and I have yet to find a horse that doesn’t adore them. Plus, through SmartPak, you get a giant bag at a totally rad price.  [Peppermint Bits]


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