Friday News & Notes from FLAIR Nasal Strips

Moving targets in the Red Hills water complex? Photo from Peter Atkins' Facebook page. Moving targets in the Red Hills water complex? Photo from Peter Atkins' Facebook page.

Good morning! It’s been a soggy weekend thus far in Tallahassee, where the Red Hills International Horse Trials are underway. The forecast for the remainder of the weekend looks much more promising, so here’s hoping the rain has passed so that we can enjoy some good old fashioned spring eventing! In the week’s (unfortunately) biggest news, Silva Martin remains in stable condition at Del Ray Medical Center after sustaining injuries from a freak accident. Boyd traveled back from the hospital to continue competing at Red Hills, putting new meaning to the phrase “the show must go on.” Here’s to a successful weekend for Boyd and the speediest of recoveries for Silva.

Events This Weekend:

Red Hills International [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop March HT [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Southern Pines HT [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Friday News:

We all know that rider fitness is of the utmost importance. Dr. Lydia Gray, DVM MA, recently wrote an article for SmartPak outlining some helpful tips on upping your fitness game. Who would have thought that martial arts and horseback riding could be so useful for each other? Dr. Gray tells us how this is possible. [From hi-YAH! to YEE-haw!]

University of Missouri veterinary students will now have access to an additional $2.5 million worth of scholarships. The scholarship funds, donated by St. Louis residents Gary Savill and Barbara Stampfli-Savill, encourage recipients to participate in volunteer hours. [$2.5M in Scholarship Funds Donated to University of Missouri]

Are you a big fan of life hacks? For those of you who aren’t up with the lingo these days (who is?), life hacks are simple tricks to making everyday tasks easier. Thanks to Lorraine Jackson at Horse Nation, we now have a handy list of barn life hacks to reference. Fishing line instead of thread when repairing tears? Lemon juice to remove sweat stains? I wish I was smart enough to come up with these ideas. [HN: Barn Life Hacks]

Are you sick of winter and, therefore, weighing the pros and cons of hiking to Aiken or Ocala next year? Chris Stafford, of the USEA Podcast Channel, spoke with Sharon White and Boyd Martin on the differences and benefits of each location. After this year, I might be more keen to choose Ocala, but both Sharon and Boyd bring up several good points. [Aiken or Ocala?]

Friday Video:

This Longines commercial features scenes from the life of a racehorse, from foal to champion.

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