Friday News & Notes Presented by Horse First

Winner of the Groom’s Award at Great Meadow, Sydnee Ledyard posing with Emma Ford. Photo courtesy of World Class Grooming.

As we roll in to September, I can honestly say that I’m well and fully ready for fall and quite possibly even winter. Since I don’t go south for the winter, it represents a little lull in my busy schedule, and I definitely won’t miss the Virginia summer weather, I can tell you that much. Basically, I can’t wait to stop complaining about hot weather, so soon I can complain about freezing my butt off. Isn’t that what it really means to be a horse person?

U.S. Weekend Preview

Five Points H.T. (Raeford, Nc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. (Poolesville, Md.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Shepherd Ranch H.T. (Santa Ynez, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Town Hill Farm H.T. (Lakeville, Ct.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Major International Events:

Land Rover Blair Castle International H.T. (Atholl, Scotland): [Website] [Schedule] [Entries/Times/Scores] [EN’s Coverage]

Millstreet International H.T. (Millstreet, Ireland) : [Website] [Scores]

Wooroloo Bates Saddles International H.T. (Perth, Australia): [Website]

News From Around the Globe:

USEA is proud to announce the partnership with Strides for Equality Equestrians (SEE) for the 2021 USEA AEC to help promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the sport of eventing. SEE is an allyship program for the eventing and wider equestrian communities and represents a first step towards growing racial and ethnic diversity in our discipline. The goals of SEE align closely to those of the USEA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee and include promoting a more inclusive culture within the equestrian community that values the participation, voices, and contributions of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), while educating others on how to be effective allies. This includes not just riders, but also volunteers, officials, grooms, and everyone who loves horses and horse sports. [USEA AEC Partners with SEE]

Want to have your show jumping round critiqued by a pro? Submit a video for Jumper Nation’s ‘Go Jumping With’ series and you could be featured in a future column! Visit this edition for more info. [Go Jumping With Doug Payne]

Over £1,100 has been raised for eventers Nick Gauntlett and Sophie Hulme after the death of four horses in a lorry crash this week — but Nick said they would like the money to go to charity. Nick’s friend Sarah Ettridge set up a GoFundMe page after the accident on Tuesday in which Nick’s top stallion Party Trick and Sophie’s Charisma TH, Fairytale Cooley and Ice Cool Cooley died. However, after learning of the page, Nick says he would like the money to be split between the British Horse Society’s road safety campaign and British Breeding. [Fundraiser in Honor of Horses]

It’s been a long road to Kentucky for the Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) Mega-Makeover classes of 2020 and 2021, between the event’s postponement in 2020 and the constantly-changing landscape as a result of the global pandemic. Let’s take a closer look at that deep field of registered horses! Folks from the RRP broke down height, sex, year foaled, sired by, dam lines, state where they were foaled, auction histories, and even racing records for the 1,027 horses registered to compete. Incredible statistics and graphs for all you thoroughbred junkies out there! [Horses of the Mega-Makeover]

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