Friday News & Notes Presented by Zoetis

Snoot! Photo by Kate Samuels.

Ah summer, the days of waking up when it’s dark outside just so you can try to ride all the horses before you boil alive. Virginia has been so spoiled this year with pleasant weather, but now it’s July and the jig is up. When I feel the need to take a cold midday shower just to regulate my body temperature, you know things are bad. When I was in my twenties, I would dunk my head in a bucket of cold water between rides to avoid heat stroke, but then I realized I was ruining my helmets, so now I take a lunch break and take a cold shower. Highly recommend.

U.S. Weekend Preview

Arrowhead H.T. (Billings, MT): [Website] [Volunteer]

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (Fairburn, GA): [Website] [Entry Status] [Scores] [Volunteer]

Genesee Valley Hunt H.T. (Geneseo, NY): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scores]

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

The Maryland International + H.T. (Adamstown, MD): [Website] [Entry Status] [Scores] [Volunteer]

Round Top H.T. (Castle Rock, CO): [Scores]

Summer Coconino H.T. (Flagstaff, AZ): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scores] [Volunteer]

Major International Events

FEI Nations Cup of Eventing CCIO4*-S (Avenches, Switzerland): [Website] [Schedule] [CCIO4* Leaderboard] [Live Stream]

Keyflow Feeds Barbury Castle International CCI4*-S (Marlborough, England): [Website] [Entries/Times/Scores] [Live Stream]

News From Around the Globe:

In 2020, a group of photographers came together to create the Equestrians of Color Photography Project, a weekly blog that promotes inclusion and amplifies the voices of equestrians of color ready to openly share their story with the community. This week you get to meet Quinnton Alston, Brittany Hazzard, and Lara Rahman, each from different realms of the equestrian world and telling their stories. [Equestrians of Color]

Are you an excellent equine vet looking for a grant? The Coyote Rock Ranch Scholarship awards top veterinary school students with a dedication to equine medicine for their academic excellence, leadership in their school and chapter, and their long-term goals. Penelope Knight, an avid horsewoman and strong advocate of horse health, created the Coyote Rock Ranch Veterinary Scholarships in 2015. Three scholarships of $75,000 are awarded each year, so apply now! [Coyote Rock Ranch Scholarship]

Speaking of vets, please be extra kind to yours. Whether equine or small animal, there is a real shortage of vets everywhere. When COVID hit, there was a surge in appointments, and the virus precautions made everything more difficult and time consuming. Vets are exhausted, and they already have an incredibly strenuous job, both physical and mental. [The Great Vet Shortage]

As costs of horse ownership rise, owners are faced with some tough budgeting decisions. Owners have been urged not to cut corners in essential horse care as the cost of living crisis “starts to bite”. Concerns continue around rising costs, but industry experts have warned that with horses, prevention is “better than cure” and veterinary treatment, hoof care and saddle fittings should not be scrimped on to save money. And please, don’t be mad at your barn manager for raising boarding costs as our hay prices go through the roof. [Budgeting with Horses in 2022]

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