Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Photo by Lee Ann Zobbe

Lee Ann sent us this wonderful photo of her student Eva Taylor riding It’s All About the Game (aka Sega) over the last fence at IEA Horse Trials. If this photo doesn’t sum up what Eventing is all about, I’ll retire today. Also, bonus points for your color coordination Eva, I’m digging those yellow gloves!

National Holiday: National Lazy Day

Major Events This Week:

Hartpury International [Entries] [Results]

Strzegom Summer Tour [Start Times and Live Scoring]

FEI Nations Cup at Haras du Pin [Start Times and Live Scoring] [Live Streaming]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

GMHA Festival of Eventing August H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fair Hill International H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

WindRidge Farm Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Otter Creek Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

The Summer Event at Woodside [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T. [Website]

News From Around the Globe:

It’s that time of the year again….preparing the the AECs! While a contingent of the eventing world is pumped up for the WEG, there is a whole ‘nother section of our community that is preparing for their own personal championships, and a few of them are lucky enough to blog for the USEA during the lead up. Top Gun Tess and Caitlyn Ruud started from the bottom and now they’re qualified and heading to the AECs in the Beginner Novice division. [Road to the AECs]

A pin-prick concussion blood test could be on the market as soon as 2019. Researchers at the University of Geneva, in collaboration with hospitals in Barcelona, Madrid and Seville, have developed a small device that can diagnose mild brain trauma from a single drop of blood. The research involved identifying biomarkers in the blood that increase when a person has experienced a brain trauma.[A Single Drop of Blood Identifies Concussion]

The ninth Riders4Helmets International Helmet Awareness Day, will be held Aug. 18 and 19. Riders4Helmets International Helmet Awareness Day is a campaign event designed to educate people about the importance of wearing a helmet, following dressage Olympian Courtney King-Dye’s accident from which she suffered a brain injury. To mark the occasion, they have eleven top tips to consider when choosing, using, and fitting your helmet. [International Helmet Awareness Day]

Hot on Horse Nation: 28 Equine Bad Hair Days

Feeding the World: WEG Feed & Forage Insider

Kentucky Equine Research is the Official Equine Nutritionist of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (WEG). They coordinate the ordering, shipping, testing, storage, delivery, and overall logistics of getting familiar feeds from around to world to the horses competing in Tryon. Last week they packed up three refrigerated shipping containers with feeds and bagged forages from Europe. Here are some stats on the transatlantic cargo:

  • Three refrigerated containers holding 40 tons of feed, chaff, and haylage
  • 135 feeds from 20 participating manufacturers
  • Brands from Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands, and even Australia
  • Estimates based on each horse consuming up to 6 kg (13.2 lb) of feed and grains and approximately 11 kg (22 lb) of hay or other forage products per day

To stay up-to-date with the latest on with the WEG feeds and forages crew, visit the KER Website and find out where the ship full of food is today by watching this ship tracker!