I’m a pretty skeptical person anyway, but on today of all days, I’m suspicious of everything. You could tell me that the sky is blue and the horses need poop cleaned from their stalls and I might squint an eye at you and raise an eyebrow anyway. However, I have several VERY gullible friends, and I fully enjoy taking advantage of them today in various devious ways. And no, I didn’t just blow my cover, because they’re that gullible. Mwuahaha!
U.S. Weekend Preview:
News From Around The Globe:
The biggest news of the day comes from the ever intriguing Andrew Nicholson, who has announced his intentions to ride for Australia in the coming years. Following his highly publicized tiff with Eventing NZ and subsequent self-removal from any team activities, Australia seems like the only natural choice. The Aussies are delighted with his decision, and are hoping to fight ageism within the Olympic sport by fielding the oldest team for Rio, including Andrew, Stuart Tinney, Andrew Hoy, and Bill Levitt. [Andrew Nicholson Swaps Countries]
The great and notorious Calvin Borel has decided to retire from horse racing after 33 years. A Hall of Fame and triple Kentucky Derby winning jockey, Calvin retires with 5,146 career victories – 27th-highest total in North American history – and purse earnings of $127,087,376. He rode his first winner in 1983. [Goodbye Bo-Rail]
Admit it, you’ve asked yourself if you have a telepathic horse before. How is it that sometimes you have a horse that just seems to KNOW what you’re thinking and see into your soul? No, your horse isn’t a fortune teller or a telepath, but horses are incredibly adept at reading minute body language and intentions through muscular tension (or lack thereof). They can sense rhythm changes in your breathing, and have a keen sense of touch, especially with quiet riders. [Can My Horse Read My Mind?]
Fleeceworks Fernhill is having a baby, and we want you to guess the due date! We’re teaming up with Fleeceworks to give away a brand new Bamboo Contour Cross Country Pad to the winner of this contest. Entries close on April 5, and you can find more information here.
How much do you know about Badminton? With the entry list released and the excitement building, its time to take this week’s Horse & Hound Eventing Quiz. (I got 8/10!) [The Ultimate Badminton Brain Buster]
No need to wonder if this is April Fools, it’s just Craigslist. [Believe It Or Not]
Oh no. The Flies are here. Just this week they appeared in Virginia and Nyls is already pissed. He’s standing at the gate in the morning as soon as the sun comes up shaking his head like he’s being tortured by the two flies that got up early enough to annoy him. Time to break out the fly masks. This Crusader Fly Mask is by far the best, with the ears protected and a durable design that lasts for even the toughest candidates. You can get it customized with a name if you want to feel real fancy, or get fun colors in pony sizes. [SmartPak Product of the Day]
Teamwork makes the dream work: