Monday News and Notes from Success Equestrian

Lillian Heard and Share Option. Photo by Mike McNally. Lillian Heard and Share Option. Photo by Mike McNally.

Thanksgiving is only a few days away EN!  Hopefully you were smart or lucky and managed to snag a few extra days off this week to turn it in to a full vacation instead of just a long weekend.  Sadly, I failed to plan appropriately and will be chained to my desk until Thursday.  If you’re traveling this week, be safe and give yourself some extra time to get where you’re going as there will be a lot of people on the roads and in the air.

Weekend Results:

MeadowCreek Park H.T – The Fall Social Event [Final Scores]

Events Opening Soon:

Open November 26, 2013 : Ocala Horse Properties Winter I H.T. (Florida, A-3)
Open December 03, 2013 : Poplar Place Farm January H.T. (Georgia, A-3)

Monday News and Notes:

Success Equestrian sponsored riders are looking forward to 2014!  Lillian Heard, pictured above, has made the national training list aboard Share Option.  Kristen Bond, another of Success Equestrian’s sponsored riders, plans to start her season in Aiken this winter.  Both riders have had great things to say about the new Deluxe Cross Country No-Slip Saddle Pad.  Kristen noted that this pad has really changed the game, saying “Success Equestrian pads in general put great emphasis on every detail of their products, but the Cross Country pad in particular proves that ideal and shatters the bar that’s been set by others.”  [More From Success Equestrian]

Have you entered EN’s Make Your Own Stirrups contest yet? Amerigo just released a new line of stirrups, and one lucky winner will receive a pair here on EN courtesy of our fabulous sponsor World Equestrian Brands. The stirrups, made from aluminum, feature a self-cleaning tread and an excellent grip for all types of boots. All you have to do is create your own stirrups and sending us a photo by MIDNIGHT TONIGHT. Our top picks will be posted and a reader’s choice poll will determine the winner. So the more creative the submission, the better your chance of winning! Click to check out more photos of the stirrups in action and further contest submission details. [Make Your Own Stirrups Contest]

Lady Gaga rode a horse on the red carpet at the 2013 American Music Awards. Well, not actually a horse, more of a puppet-horse similar to ‘Joey’ from War Horse.  While it’s no meat-dress, I find the mechanics of the giant horse-puppets fascinating.  [More from E! Online]

French equestrians take to the streets in protest of VAT increases. Currently in France, equestrian centers pay a 7% tax.  Due to a European Union mandate, that tax will rise as high as 20%.  French horsemen and women estimate that this will shut down a fifth of the equestrian centers in France, cause the loss of 6000 jobs and send 80,000 horses to the abattoir.  [More from Reuters]

As horse owners, we often wonder and worry about what will happen to our horses in the event of our death.  Vicki Bourg passed away in 2011 and this week her horse, Skinny, was donated to the Omaha Police Department’s Mounted Patrol in her memory.  [More from Journal Star]

The Kiwis are heading home.  Next month, Andrew Nicholson drops in for a brief visit and plans to make an appearance at the Puhinui International Three Day Event.  Jock Paget is currently in New Zealand. Plans had previously been made for Paget to hold official clinics, but due to Clifton Promise’s positive drug test after Burghley and his subsequent suspension those are no longer possible. Instead, Jock plans to do several unofficial clinics between November 29th and December 5th.  [More from]

Monday Video: If you’re stuck on a long road trip with a horse-crazy kid or are a kid at heart yourself, there are plenty of horse-game apps out there for your iPhone that help pass the time.  I will admit that I’ve played My Horse quite a bit. Just be sure to disable In-App purchases, so that you don’t spend your real horse’s carrot money on your digital horse!


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