Monday News and Notes from Success Equestrian

I may have overdone it on the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.

The Monday after a four day weekend is arguably one of the hardest days int he world to get out of bed.  I already know that I’ll probably spend the hour and a half before work that I should be at the gym curled in bed, browsing the internet on my iPhone.  Inevitably I will find myself looking up useless facts about the day such as “December 2nd is Paul Watson, founder of Sea Shepherd’s birthday!” which will lure me down the path of watching Whale Wars and ultimately cause me to be late for work.  I will of course blame traffic.

Weekend Results:

Pine Top Thanksgiving Horse Trials: [Final Scores]

Events Open for Entry and Opening Soon:

Opened November 26, 2013 : Ocala Horse Properties Winter I H.T. (Florida, A-3)

Opening December 03, 2013 : Poplar Place Farm January H.T. (Georgia, A-3)

Opening December 10, 2013 : Full Gallop Farm H.T (South Carolina, A-3) Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. (Florida, A-3) Fresno County Horse Park Combined Test (California, A-6)

Monday News and Notes:

Some sad news came in from Pine Top yesterday afternoon.  After a fall at fence 6 on the Preliminary course, Tortuga Bay was euthanized.  Our condolences go out to owner Natalie Hummel, rider Ashley Kehoe and Tortuga Bay’s other connections.  [Tragic Loss At Pine Top]

The December 3 deadline for entering our Tredstep Ireland contest is rapidly approaching. We have teamed up with Tredstep to give away not one, but three pairs of breeches from their Symphony collection. All you have to do is snap a selfie of you and your horse and send it to [email protected]. We will pick the top 10 submissions and put them to your vote. As is the usual with our contests, creativity and humor make the chinchillas especially happy. Click the link for more information on the contest. [Thanksgiving Selfie Tredstep Contest]

The Dallas City Council was recently notified that the man who will manage the Texas Horse Park, Wayne Kirk, was charged two years ago with animal cruelty.   This Texas Horse Park is not the Texas Rose Horse Park where the AECs are held, but rather a different facility expected to open in 2014 in southern Dallas.  The twists and turns in the tale of the animal cruelty charges are quite interesting. I can’t decide if I’m more appalled by the cruelty itself or that someone who was charged with animal cruelty would be the person selected to run a tax payer funded horse-park.  Shouldn’t that automatically disqualify someone? [More From ABC Local][An older article from the Dallas Observer detailing cruelty charges] NOTE: Get some popcorn for the comments section on the article!

You may have noticed a link yesterday about UK rapper Dappy getting kicked in the face by his horse. Apparently now, a petition at is calling for the horse to receive recognition for an Outstanding Contribution to Music at the Brit Awards. I’ll admit it, I signed. [More from NME]   [ Petition]

Apparently, a bit of poo caused some consternation on the set of a feature film. Rumor has it that Christian Bale was worried that a rather tense scene he’d shot would be ruined because of a horse taking care of business in the background.  Apparently the horse’s contribution was discovered when Bale, Natalie Portman, Cate Blanchette, Ryan Gosling and director Terrence Malick were reviewing footage.  Maybe we need to start making some Equestrian Christian Bale memes in addition to the Equestrian Ryan Gosling memes! [More from]

Super Groom and friend of EN Meg Kep needs your help! Meg Kep let us know that she is looking for donations for her silent auction to benefit Area II Young Riders.  Any and all donations are sincerely appreciated.  Donations do not have to be horse-related or in New Jersey.  As an added bonus, donations are tax deductible.  Reach out to Meg Kep for further details or to donate! [Area II Website]

Monday Video: We’ve shared it before, but Meg Kep’s put your heels down song is the only thing that is going to get me out the door to work today after a four day weekend.  I’m hearing her sing “Getcher bum to work!” instead.

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