Friday News & Notes from World Equestrian Brands

The magical time right between fall and winter. Photo by Juliet Graham.

Whoever says Thoroughbreds don’t grow thick coats should really have a chat with my horse Turkey. He’s getting clip number two already this year today, because the first one looks like it never existed, and it was not even that long ago. I really hope his heavy growth isn’t some sort of signal that he’s preparing for a winter from hell.

National Holiday: National Espresso Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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News From Around the Globe:

With the advent of winter, lots of Thoroughbreds are exiting their careers at the track and coming on the market for sport horse endeavors. Knowing how to pick and also vet a horse off the track is a special skill. The Retired Racehorse Project hosted a series of seminars recently, including an afternoon discussing PPE’s for OTTBs, and how to consider different factors that are commonly seen after a racing career. [Prepurchase Exam Tips for OTTBs]

Training Three-Days have been gaining popularity since their inception, but sometimes the qualifications seem a bit murky. The rules for qualifying have changed, as well, and if you’re thinking of tackling one in 2020, take advantage of the research that Horse Nation did and check out what you’ve got to accomplish in order to be qualified. [USEA Clarifies T3D Qualifications]

One Trakehner mare is keeping multiple dreams alive, with Kyle Carter in the irons. Not only is Reddy or Not the horse of Kyle’s dreams, but he’s continuing the dreams of her breeder, Christy Edwards, who tragically died in a traffic accident early last year. They both always believed the mare was destined for the top levels of eventing, and now it’s coming true. [Carter Keeps Edwards Dreams Alive with Reddy or Not]

Featured Video: Between CCI4*-L wins at Fair Hill and Ocala Jockey Club, nobody has had a hotter streak this fall than Erin Sylvester!