Friday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Totally team Chipmunk.

Sorry, all the other riders today, I know it’s unpatriotic of me, and I know there are a lot of really good eventing horses to come … but I’m totally Team Chipmunk all the way. I’ve been stalking this horse for years now, and I am completely obsessed with him. Not only is he unbelievable on the flat, but the horse can jump too! The modern event horse personified. Also a very, very adorable rodent. Memes await you, Chipmunk the horse.

National Holiday:  National Virginia Day (whoop whoop!)

U.S. Weekend Preview:

#Tryon2018: WebsiteEntriesScheduleStart TimesIndividual ScoresTeam ScoresUltimate GuideHow to Watch LiveEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

GMHA September H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

CDCTA H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Equestrians Institute H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Flying Cross Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

There is a bottomless pool of puns about Tim and Jonelle Price, but only because of their last name. How often are a husband and wife on the same WEG team? Probably about as often as that husband and wife winning 3/4 four-star events in the same year, I guess. Personally, with their strong cross country records and the glamorous year they’re having, I wouldn’t bet against them. [Will The Price Be Right?]

How does team selection work, anyway? Don’t worry, The Event College is in session at Tryon with Chair of the USEF Eventing Selector’s Working Group Bobby Costello giving a detailed video interview on the process for the United States. It’s some seriously complicated stuff that is constantly ongoing for each championship selection every two years. [Team Selection with Robert Costello]

What do riders from the different countries have to say about the WEG cross country course? With Tryon as the first year with the WEG running as a 3* cross country course, it will be intriguing to see how the course runs and how it affects the final standings. Also, you know, the hurricane thing might have some sort of impact. [Riders React: Tryon Cross Country Course]

So you’ve landed the working student job of your dreams. Congrats! Welcome to slavery the barn! JK, kinda. Working student jobs are the backbone of our industry, it’s where you learn if being a professional rider is for you, and how the professional riders keep their barns going while teaching the next generation. Elise Fleischman penned a great guide for working student newbies on how to get the most out of your time in the barn. [Working Student Survival Guide]