Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Toujours Prêt aka “Beau”. Photo by Leslie Threlkeld.

I had some ‘proud mom’ moments myself this weekend watching my 6-year-old Thoroughbred, Beau, act like a seasoned pro in his first competition. Due to my busy work schedule which often requires weekend travel, I’ve finally admitted I can’t do it all myself. This horse is the first one of mine I’ve ever ‘allowed’ to be schooled, trained or competed by someone else, as I’ve always been a bit stubborn about ‘producing my own horses’. But I’m a grown up now (supposedly), and part of being a grown up is making good decisions. Having my friend and coach John Michael Durr take Beau to his first event was a good decision. And I have to admit, it was fun playing owner/groom/photographer for the day. All the pride with none of the pressure!

Jersey Fresh Links: Website, Schedule, ResultsMillie Humphreys’ College FundEN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

International Weekend Action:

The Event Rider Masters 2017 [Event Rider Masters Live Stream] [Results]

More U.S. Weekend Action:

Spokane Sport Horse Farm 2nd Annual Spring H.T. [Website] [Results]

Texas Rose Horse Park Summer H.T. [Website] [Results]

Galway Downs Spring H.T. [Website] [Results]

Winona Horse Trials  [Website] [Results]

Plantation Field May Horse Trials [Website] [Results]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. [Website] [Results]

WindRidge Farm Horse Trials [Website] [Results]

Grindstone Mountain Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

Bruce Duchossois was a remarkable member of the eventing world. He was a beloved owner, friend and supporter of the sport, and his presence has been greatly missed since his passing in 2014. In his memory, a life size statue of Bruce holding his dog Chummy and leading his horse Kim’s Song was unveiled last week at Bruce’s Field. [Statue of Duchossois unveiled at Bruce’s Field]

The American Driving Society has been reinstated into the US Equestrian Federation as the USE affiliate for driving. The USE decided to no longer recognized the ADS as an affiliate association early in 2017 due to “requests for substantive exceptions that the USEF cannot accommodate.” [USE and The American Driving Society Reach Agreement]

In a moving ceremony at the Royal Windsor Horse Show yesterday, show jumping double-gold Olympic champions Nick Skelton and Big Star officially retired. Nick is a legend in the sport, having been racking up accolades and earning the respect of his peers over the last four decades. He came back from a terrible injury that could have halted his career to win on the world stage in Rio.  [Two Legends Bow Out]

Worm control is especially critical in young horses because they are less likely to develop a tolerance than healthy, mature adult equines. Learn about guidelines for parasite control in foals and yearlings in this informative article:  [Keeping On Top of Worms in Young Horses]

Monday Video: The Event Rider Masters Series is changing the game in 2017: