Friday News & Notes Presented by Horse First

Horse girl challenge: accepted. Photo by Amanda Hjert.

Nobody knows how to multi-task and get stuff done like horse girls. Take Amanda here, who is walking her dogs, feeding her horses, and lulling her baby down to a nap all in one very organized trip. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, but nothing can teach you how to get a million things done in one efficient trip like working in a barn.

U.S. Weekend Preview

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (Fairburn, Ga.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Huntington Farm H.T. (South Strafford, Vt.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

The Maryland Horse Trials at Loch Moy Farm (Adamstown, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Round Top H.T. (Castle Rock, Co.): [Omnibus] [Ride Times]

Major International Events

Barbury International (Wiltshire, United Kingdom): [Event Hub]

News From Around the Globe:

You may think you know everything about Tsetserleg, but we’ve got a few more juicy deets. Thomas has long been a stalwart competitor at the top levels and in international competition for Boyd Martin, representing the US at the WEG, the Pan American Games, and coming 2nd at Kentucky in 2019. He’s a cuddly barn favorite, and performs well in all three phases, but cross country is definitely his favorite. [Sporthorse Stars: Tsetserleg]

Best of Blogs: A Black Horseman’s Perspective on our Current Climate

As riders, we all have past injuries or weird features about our bodies that continue into our riding career. Learning about how your body works (or doesn’t work), and understanding your everyday habits that give us asymmetry in the saddle is a lifelong journey. Awareness of your body and knowledge of these daily habits and how they give us tension and weird behaviors in the tack is a necessary point of personal education. [Everyday Habits You May Have That Drastically Affect Your Riding]

What the heck is going on with the horse market right now? That’s a question on a lot of minds, and as I’ve spent this spring searching for a few client horses, I can tell you it’s pretty wild. Horses sold within four hours of posting, horses selling for double the normal asking price, and all of it happening at an alarming pace. Who would’ve thought that a pandemic would send us into a horse buying frenzy? [WTH Horse Market??]

Olympic Beat:

We’re eagerly awaiting the finalized entry list for Tokyo, nominations for which were due to each country’s respective Olympic committee and the FEI earlier this week. We’ll update you with a final and complete list as soon as it becomes available! In the meantime, don’t forget to sign up for EN’s Olympic Digest email, which is sent each Monday and will begin daily editions on July 28.

In response to the declared state of emergency in Tokyo, Olympic minister Tamayo Marukawa has announced that the Olympics will run without spectators. The state of emergency due to the coronavirus will run from the 12th of July through the 22nd of August, encompassing the entire games. Japan’s vaccination rate has been low all year, with only 15% of the population vaccinated, and cases suddenly rising again in just the past week. [No Spectators for Olympics]

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