Monday News and Notes from Event Clinics

Summer in Virginia. Photo by Katy Carter Summer in Virginia. Photo by Katy Carter

A sad sign you’re not a spring chicken anymore … heat and humidity are much harder to handle. I’ve never been much of a fan of summer to begin with — I was a winter baby after all — but working summers outside in high school and early college I was pretty tough. Now I have to force myself to stay hydrated, eat right and not overwork myself out of sheer stubbornness. Eventers are often far better at caring for their horses than themselves, but be mindful in the heat to take care of you, too. Ask anyone who has suffered dehydration or heat exhaustion … that is not what you call “fun in the sun.”

Weekend Action:

Bramham: [Results]

Valinor Farm H.T. [Results]

Larkin Hill H.T. [Results]

Seneca Valley PC Spring H.T. [Results]

Full Gallop Farm June H.T.  [Results]

Queeny Park H.T. [Results]

Silverwood Farm Spring H.T. [Results]

Aspen Farms CIC & H.T. [Results]

Round Top H.T.  [Omnibus]

Monday News and Notes:

Horse Hubby: Colleen Rutledge’s husband Brian Rutledge has joined Timothy Harfield’s new website Horse Hubby as a contributor. In his first appearance on the site, he is interviewed by Timothy and shares some words of wisdom about the what he has learned along the way as his wife developed into a top professional event rider. [Run as Fast as You Can]

American Pharoah: American Pharoah is undoubtedly an American Hero after his triumphant Triple Crown win. In the last week, American Pharoah has appeared on the “Today” show and on the cover of Sports Illustrated. When he returned to Kentucky on Friday, 30,000 fans were there to greet him. [30,000 Fans Greet American Phaorah]

Spur Use: Jean Luc Cornille applies contemporary scientific research and equine physiology to equine training. A decade ago, Jean Luc removed his spurs and was surprised at how quickly his horses adapted and improved. Through additional research, he discovered the reason why. [Why do you use spurs]

New Vocations: The New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program will celebrate the initiation of construction on their new retired racehorse adoption facility at Mereworth Farm, in Lexington, Kentucky on June 24. Under the direction of the Susan S. Donaldson Foundation, 50 stalls will be provided or built, and a new indoor and outdoor arena will be constructed along with new paddocks and pastures. [Ground Breaking for New Vocations Facility]

Always Late: I don’t know about you, but I tend to be late for everything, except for feeding and horse shows. “Barn time” is far different than real time. But you can minimize the gap with these simple tips for being more efficient during feeding and watering. [Time Saving Horse Care Tips]

Best of the Blogs: Lucky Me!

Monday Video: Listen carefully to this Bramham rider…