Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

Winter mood for real

On today, National Florida Day, I will say that I actually wish I was down there. If I could be somewhere with less mud, less cold, less frozen ground, and more tan lines, I would totally be OK with that. Also, if somebody could put in a request for much less rain for the entirety of 2019, that would be totally OK with me too. I live on the side of a hill, and I would like to be able to safely walk down any hills someday soon.

National Holiday: National Florida Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop Farm January H.T [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fresno County Horse Park Combined Test [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

If you’re interested in becoming an official in 2019, we got your back. In this video recap from the USEA Convention, USEF Director of Licensed Officials Alina Brazzil led a presentation detailing the different types of licenses, the separate responsibilities of the USEA and USEF in the licensing process, and the requirements for obtaining the different types of licenses. [How To Become An Official: Step by Step]

Curious about how top riders bring their horses back from winter vacation? In England, it’s customary to give horses a yearly winter vacation out in a field to chill out and recoup their minds and bodies. Top eventer Laura Collett says every one of her horses gets at least six weeks if not eight weeks of full vacation with shoes pulled and full turnout. They come back into work in January, and she shares her tips for bringing them back in this article. [Turning Horses Out & Bringing Them Back After Winter]

Don’t go another step without checking out the extraordinary USEF rule changes effective this year. From uses of the whip in different phases to tack allowed, no matter what level you compete, you’ll have to know about these rule changes. [USEF 2019 Rule Changes]

Hot on Horse Nation: Twenty Four Mounted Archers

Eventing Power Couple Takes on Youtube: