Halloween News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS)

Just some glorious fall on a hack yesterday. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Fall is my favorite time of year, mostly because I am so sick of the hot summer, but also because the changing leaves are truly incredible and I never lose my admiration year after year. Also, Virginia Horse Trials, my favorite event, is this weekend! And then it’s the end of the season for me, which means a little break for horses (and riders) which is always nice.

National Holiday: HALLOWEEN

Major Weekend Events:

Galway Downs 3DE & H.T. [Website]  [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Virginia 3DE & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Rocking Horse H.T. [Website]  [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop H.T. [Website]  [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

US Equestrian is making it easier than ever to get all your High Performance news and updates, all in one place. The Eventing pages on the USEF website are in the process of an overhaul, and there will be A LOT of new updates, resources and content popping up there between now and the end of the year. Many of the updates are already live, including a new News and Updates section, which will be essentially used as a bulletin board for High Performance announcements. Check it out now for announcements, open applications, press releases, important links, athlete memos and newsletters. [US Equestrian Eventing News & Updates]

Speaking of going above and beyond to keep the lines of communication wide open, the next US Equestrian Open Athlete Forum will be held during the Galway Downs International Three-Day Event in Temecula, California, on Friday, Nov. 1 at 4:30 p.m. PST in the Patron’s Tent. The final Open Athlete Forum of the 2019 season will take place during the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event, Nov. 13-17 in Reddick, Florida. Exact day/time to be confirmed. The High Performance sessions at the 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention will take place on Friday, Dec. 13 in Boston, Massachusetts. [Schedule and session times]

Impressed by the inaugural US Event Horse Futurity this year? Get ready to enter for 2020! With prize money and promotions for US Breeders all year, it’s a great way to feature purpose-bred event horses and the people who put their lives into breeding them. Find out more in the link. [US Event Horse Futurity]

Winning a five-star before your 30th birthday is no mean feat — just ask Tom McEwan. After his impressive wire-to-wire victory at Pau, you might be interested in learning more about this young man. He’s from a proper horsey family, with mom a show jumper and dad an equine vet, and has been winning medals since his days in the Pony European Championships. [11 Things You Might Not Know About Tom McEwan]

Fall also means fox hunting season, and the Brits are absolutely bonkers. I tell everyone that fox hunting in the States and fox hunting over in England are two different sports, and this article on hedge hopping basically proves my point. I’m pretty sure Americans would poop their pants if they saw this on a Wednesday hunt. [Hedge Hopping: How To Get To The Other Side]

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