For my thoroughly non-horsey adventure of the week, last night I was baking some baguettes (as one does, because I found out that making your own bread is actually the best thing ever) and disaster struck. When you bake baguettes, you put a glass pan in the bottom of the oven, preheat it a little, and then before you put the dough in, you put a cup of water in the warm glass. This time, for whatever reason, the glass completely exploded INSIDE my oven. Let’s just say that vacuuming my oven of glass shards was not how I imagined cleaning my oven would go … but nobody was hurt and the baguettes turned out delicious after that!
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Congratulations to Kimi Fleming, this week’s Fab Freebie winner! Kimi will receive a pair of Kerrits breeches to enjoy, lucky girl! [Fab Freebie: Kerrits]
Eventing is coming to Wellington, to the tune of a $50,000 showcase event! The organizers of the well known Winter Equestrian Festival and the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Equestrian Sport Productions, are responsible for bringing Eventing to Wellington this year. The event is special invitational only, with members of the high performance squads of Canada and the U.S. competing. I’m certain that the prize money alone will turn out some of our best for an early performance. [$50,000 Wellington Invitational]
Eventing legend Richard Meade has been honored for his contribution to the British breeding industry. He was recognized with the SEIB Meritoire, which is an award specifically for a lifetime of achievements within the breeding world. A member of the British team for 21 years, Richard was instrumental in linking the high level competitors with the breeding community. [Richard Meade Honored with Award]
Looking for a great way to support local eventing and the Wounded Warrior Project? Sol Events, which runs Corona Del Sol HT in Texas, is raising money to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project as well as promoting the expansion of Eventing throughout the north Texas community. [Horse Trials For A Cause]
If you are a current veterinary or equine program student, you could win UltrOz’s second annual $1,000 essay contest. The question is: As an equine professional, how do you advise your clients on the use of the variety of therapies currently available for treating, maintaining and even improving chronic injuries? You should write around 1,500 words, and have your essay ready for submission by Jan. 30. [Enter UltrOz Essay Contest]
Do their stripes keep the Zebras cool in the heat? Scientists have found that zebras in warmer climates tend to have more stripes than zebras that live in cooler climates. Bolder striping helps them regulate their body temperature, which is pretty darn cool. [Zebra Stripes Affect Temperature]
For your new show season, wouldn’t you like a fancy customized wood grooming tote? I sure would! This would be really nice to take to the event and park in front of your stall with your clean brushes. A solid pine box with a walnut stain makes this super pretty looking, and I would totally rock one. Nyls would like it with his name on it, so nobody else can steal his soft brushes. [SmartPak Product of the Day]
Buzzfeed is making equestrian listicles now: 21 Things Only True Equestrians Understand
Twenty-two pets that have amazing cone of shame decorations? Yes Please.
Flashback Friday…Badminton 1993!