Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands


We are deeply saddened to report the loss of a bright young eventer among us. Ashley Stout was a 13-year-old eventer who was getting ready to compete for Area II in the Young Rider Training Three-Day at The Event at Rebecca Farm in just two short weeks, when her horse, Avant Garde, took an unexpected tumble over a fence at home, resulting in a rotational fall that was fatal for both horse and rider. Please hold Ashley and all her family and friends in the light for the coming days. [Area II Young Rider Dies in Riding Accident]

National Holiday: National Pecan Pie Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Coconino Summer II Classic 3DE & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Maryland Summer II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Champagne Run at the Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Genesee Valley Hunt H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

The FEI has released more proposals to rule changes for cross country next year. Included in the proposal includes mandating that certain fences on course have frangible pin devices, changes to the 11-point pin activation rule, and, popularly, revoking the new flag rule. The proposal also includes new penalties for dangerous riding, including 25 penalties or possibly elimination. [New FEI Cross Country Rules]

More and more equestrians are turning to turmeric to supplement their horse’s diets, but what can it do for you? Turmeric has long been used in ancient asian medicine as a powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, and horse owners find that it is beneficial for joint support, healthy skin, and good digestion in their equine partners. However, some scientific research is still needed to establish the dosage and clinical effects for horses. [What’s The Deal with Turmeric?]

The operators of Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC), in Southern California, have announced a series of initiatives to enhance safety protocols and procedures as the track prepares to begin its 80th season of racing on July 17. Last year, DMTC was recognized as one of the safest tracks in the US, according to the Jockey Club, and they’re keen to go even further. The new security includes extensive review of each horse before allowing entry to races, restrictions on medications, out-of-competition random drug testing, stable security, increased veterinary supervision during morning workouts, and a ban on the use of crops. [Del Mar Takes Safety Seriously]

If you think your horse is high maintenance, wait until you meet The Gambler. Gambler is an eight-year-old Gypsy Cob, and his mane and tail simply won’t stop growing. Owned by Andy Curtis and Caroline Barrett, Caroline says it can take up to TEN HOURS to properly bathe and braid all of Gambler’s hair. Once she took him for a hack with his locks flowing and he scared the bejesus out of other horses, so now she keeps it braided most of the time. [High Maintenance Hair]