Friday News & Notes from Zoetis

When you see it… Photo courtesy of Karen Earth.

Last week, the wet snow caused massive damage in my area of Virginia, and I was personally out of power for a whole week. Not having power or internet (or heat!) really makes you realize some things, namely how addicted we are to our phones and having distractions on hand constantly. I also don’t have service at my farm, so in some ways it was like entering a pleasant dark hole, because I wasn’t bothered by anyone! However, I had to use way too many blankets and sleep with my outdoor clothes on, which I do not recommend. Super duper looking forward to the next snow storm predicted on Sunday!

U.S. Weekend Preview (woohoo!):

Horse Trials at Majestic Oaks (Reddick, Fl.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Additional Volunteering Opportunities: [Ram Tap January Combined Test – Fresno, Ca.]

News From Around the Globe:

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The Ocala and Aiken migration is well underway, and many eventers are high-tailing it south for warmer temperatures and the opportunity to get a jump start on prep for the upcoming season. Whether it be for a long weekend or a few months, a trip south can be a memorable one that also makes a difference by providing opportunity to focus on and enjoy your horse. If you haven’t made the trek yourself, there are a lot of questions to answer and the process can be overwhelming. So we’re tapping into the think tank that is our EN community. We want to know: what’s your best advice for a first-timer heading south this winter?

Best of Blogs: A Horseman’s Guide To Being A Professional

“E. caballus: The Domesticated Horse” runs at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Boston through Feb. 27. The seven photographers with work in “E. caballus: The Domesticated Horse” are all talented and take different approaches to their common subject. Some of those approaches are highly inventive. Because of that subject matter, though, the talent and inventiveness might get overlooked. Content like this can almost make form seem beside the point. Really, are there any creatures on the planet, human beings included, more loved by the camera than horses? [Basically A Lot of Great Horse Photos]