We kick off your Friday with a new update from Boyd Martin on his recent surgery. Boyd posted a blog giving some more information on the incident that left him with a broken arm – one of his many broken bones this year, it seems. Boyd recaps, “Last week I was doing a very casual job of hand-walking a horse that’s coming back from an injury, with a much-too-long rein; the horse spooked, spun around and kicked me chest-high. My true ninja reflexes kicked in and I blocked the blow with my forearm, which possible saved a few ribs but unfortunately cracked and dislocated my forearm.” Best of luck with the continued recovery, Boyd. We always knew those ninja skills would come in handy! [Boyd Recaps His Broken Arm]
On the West coast, Galway Downs competition is underway. We have many guest bloggers that are on site working tirelessly to bring you updates, courtesy of Athletux.
Events This Weekend:
The FEI has released the latest HSBC Eventing Rankings. Three Americans currently rank in the Top 20: Buck Davidson (4), Phillip Dutton (8), and Marilyn Little (19). The top three spots are occupied by none other than the power trio of Andrew Nicholson, William Fox Pitt, and Michael Jung. [FEI Eventing Rankings]
New reports are surfacing about horse DNA being found in canned beef. Canned beef from Romania, being sold in Britain, has been identified to have horse DNA, and the batch has since been withdrawn from market. The level shown in testing is between one and five percent. [Horse DNA Found in Canned Beef]
Are you an avid horse clipper? As temperatures start to drop and indoor show season kicks off, many people are beginning to think about what type of clip to do on their steeds this winter. The Chronicle has some helpful tips on deciding whether or not to clip your horse. [To Clip or Not to Clip?]
The Amy Barrington Recovery Fund is currently holding a fundraiser raffle. Up for grabs in this wonderful raffle is over $1000 worth of tack and supplies. The whole lot could be yours for the price of a $10 raffle ticket, plus we all know how great of a cause this is. [Amy Barrington Ultimate Horse Gift Raffle]
Are you thinking of splurging on a riding vacation? Horse and Hound published a gallery of reader photos from various riding vacation destinations around the world. One of the places on my bucket list to visit is Ireland, but somehow I feel like my visions of galloping carefree on a lovely Irish horse, jumping stone walls and ditches effortlessly is somewhat inaccurate. [Riding Holiday Photos from H&H]
Some of the trainers and owners competing in the Breeders’ Cup this weekend have pledged a portion of their earnings to help OTTBs. New Vocations, a racehorse re-homing organization, has partnered with several connections of the star studded field to help support a brighter future for horses who are coming off of the track. [Racing to Support OTTBs]
Best of the Blogs:
With the Breeders Cup kicking off this weekend, I wanted to pay homage to one of my favorite racehorses of all time, Zenyatta. Here is a recap of all over her fantastic wins, including the famous Breeders’ Cup Classic win. Enjoy!