Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips

Twinsies? Photo courtesy of Doug Payne.

Twinsies? Photo courtesy of Doug Payne.

You know what’s super cool? Having horses that are siblings, and watching them develop in different but similar ways. Check out Doug Payne riding Debi Crowley’s Vandiver next to his little four-year-old brother, Noah! They look like total twins! Debi bred and raised both of them on her farm in Alabama, and continues to own Quinn as he competes at the top levels of the sport. Is Noah another four-star horse in the making?

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Richland Park: [Website] [Schedule] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Town Hill Farm H.T. [Website]

Huntington Farm H.T. [Website]

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Feather Creek Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Caber Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Windy Wyoming H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

Life Goals = ride like Ingrid Klimke, right? If you’re like me, you want to be like Ingrid. Her approach to training is known around the world, and I can’t be the only one with her cavaletti book. Her training in dressage is unique, and she wrote an article for Dressage Today highlighting the major points of how she works with every horse. The bullet points are this: Variety in Training, Take Small Steps, and Foster the Horse’s Personality. [The Klimke Approach to Dressage]

Burghley fever is brewing. It will forever be one of my favorite events, and nobody can deny that it is the biggest baddest cross country track in the world. But did you know that approximately 5,000 jumps are jumped in the four days of competition? That 26 gallons of Pimms are drunk by spectators over the weekend? How about the fact that Andrew Nicholson has completed Burghley THIRTY THREE times. [Facts You Didn’t Know About Burghley]

Fantasy farm time….Kansas edition. Painted M Ranch is the stuff of fairy tales. The sort of place you might have dreamed of owning when you trotted your Breyer models around on your braided rug as a kid and imagined where your barns and rings and wash racks would go. It’s your super-embarrassing adolescent Trapper-Keeper barn doodles come to life on eighty acres of pristinely developed bliss.”[Hot On Horse Nation]

Something I never go to a competition without: Magic Cushion. And why is it called “Magic”? Simply, because it is. There is nothing better for packing in hooves after a cross country round for overnight comfort. I have been plagued by a horse with crummy feet his whole life, and I can’t even tell you how many giant jars of this stuff he has been through in all these years. I love it and swear by it, and if you have a horse that bruises or gets sore, you need this in your tack trunk. [SmartPak Product of the Day]