Monday News and Notes from Fleeceworks

Kim Severson and Cooley Cross Border hear the Star Spangled Banner at Blenheim. Photo by Libby Law.

Roslyn Johnson, a member of the Cross Syndicate, stated after Kim and Cross’s big win at Blenheim, “This does our hearts good during such an emotional time in the USA…thank you, Kim Severson, for making us all very, very, proud.” I think we can all agree with that.

National Holiday: National Cheeseburger Day

Major Events This Week:

Blenheim: WebsiteResultsLive StreamERM Live StreamBE TV Live StreamEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

Plantation FieldWebsiteSchedule, ResultsUSEF NetworkEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

U.S. Weekend Action:

GMHA September H.T. [Website] [Results]

Marlborough H.T. [Website] [Results]

Poplar Place Farm CIC & H.T. [Website] [Results]

Otter Creek Fall H.T. [Website] [Results]

MeadowCreek Park Fall H.T. [Website] [Results]

Flying Cross Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Stone Gate Farm H.T. [Website] [Results]

Colorado Horse Park Trials [Website] [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

Don’t miss this excellent recap from Doug Payne on his trip to Blenheim with Vandiver. “I was lucky enough to receive a travel grant from the USET Foundation and Jacqueline Mars for Vandiver to compete at Blenheim. I can’t thank them enough. During every international trip a lot is learned and hopefully I can apply what was gained here to earn a US team medal in the near future!”  [Doug Payne Recaps Blenheim]

Helen “Penny” Chenery, the charismatic owner of racing legend Secretariat, died yesterday following complications from a stroke. Penny loved Thoroughbreds and championed women in business and sports. Even after Secretariat retired, she remained active in the Thoroughbred industry through the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, Jockey Club, Secretariat Foundation and more. [Penny Chenery dies at 95]

Emma Shackell was just 16 when she laid eyes on Alan, a small 3-year-old colt at an auction. Fearing he’d go to slaughter, she bid on him and won. He proved to be a difficult horse with a bad napping and rearing habit, sending Emma off to the hospital more than once. But she persevered and they have their sights set on a three-star next season. [‘I thought he’d go for meat’]

Livestock owners are still feeling the effects of the recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the recovery process will be long and trying. Many people and organizations have pitched in to help any way they can. Thoroughbred Charities of America has set up a grant for Caribbean Thoroughbred Aftercare to provide hay to horses on the U.S. Virgin Islands. [TCA Provides Emergency Grant]

There are many ways to help furry hurricane victims. [South Florida SPCA Needs Our Help] [Houston Horses, Harvey, and How You Can Help]

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Monday Video: Cuteness overload! The DVCTA Junior Quadrille Team perform on matching Haflingers at Plantation Field International.