Monday News and Notes from Success Equestrian

Ahoy mateys, 'tis John Holling!  Plundered from John's Facebook Page. YARR! Ahoy mateys, 'tis John Holling! Plundered from John's Facebook Page. YARR!

Avast ye, EN! I hear tale a scallywag of a pirate got a wee spot o’ something in his eye!  Seriously though, getting something in your eye sucks and having to wear a patch because of it sucks a bit more.  At least John Holling appears to be having fun with it.  Too bad Talk Like A Pirate Day isn’t until September.  In all seriousness though, today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and I always find it a bit amazing to think back on the history of the holiday.  It blows my mind that it twelve years after Martin Luther King Jr’s death for the holiday to be established and then another three years for the first observance.  Even then it took until 2000 for all 50 states to officially observe the holiday.  Amazing stuff.

Weekend Results
Poplar Place January HT: [Website] [Ride Times][Live Scores]

Events Open or Opening This Week
Opened December 24, 2013 Closing Soon!
Ocala Horse Properties Winter II H.T. (Florida, A-3) Full Gallop Farm February H.T. (South Carolina, A-3) Pine Top Winter H.T. (Georgia, A-3)

Opened December 31, 2013
Paradise Farm H.T. (South Carolina, A-3) Fresno County Horse Park CIC & H.T. (California, A-6) Rocking Horse Winter II H.T. (Florida, A-3)

Opened January 07, 2014
Pine Top Spring Advanced HT (Georgia, A-3)

Opened January 14, 2014
Twin Rivers Winter H.T. (California, A-6) Rocking Horse Winter III H.T. (Florida, A-3)  MeadowCreek Park – The Spring Social Event (Texas, A-5) Full Gallop Farm February H.T. (South Carolina, A-3) Sporting Days Farm Horse Trials (South Carolina, A-3)

Open January 21, 2014
Red Hills International Horse Trials & Trade Fair (Florida, A-3) Southern Pines H.T. (North Carolina, A-2) Full Gallop Farm March H.T. (South Carolina, A-3)

Monday News And Notes: 

The Area 2 Annual meeting is coming up next Saturday and online registration is available.  Some great guest speakers are scheduled to appear, including Brian Ross regarding the new Dressage tests, the Schramms, and a vet with a presentation on joint disease.  In addition, there will be the Adult Riders and Young Rider’s meetings and an awards luncheon.  Also, don’t forget that Area 2 is currently running an online silent auction with many great items.  The items include a lot of entries, some schooling passes and a photo shoot.  Every HT in the area is offering an entry! [Check out the Auction here] [Meeting Information Here]

West coast riders, there is still time to snag one of the few remaining spots in the Lucinda Greene clinic coming up January 31st and February 1st at Fresno County Horse Park! This is a great opportunity to ride with one of the best in the world.  The price for the clinic is $400 for FCHP members or $420 for non-members.  This includes facility use for the two days.   If you are interested in one of the few remaining spots, please reach out to clinic organizer Sue Funkey Please note stabling is at an additional cost and can be arranged by contacting John Marshall.  [More at Fresno County Horse Park’s Website]

Horse slaughter has been blocked once again, this time by the federal budget.  President Obama has signed a budget measure that withholds money required for federal inspections of the slaughter process. The measure does provide temporary funding for the government, but the Agriculture Department can not spend the money for the required inspections that would allow slaughterhouses to ship horse meat interstate and export it overseas. [More from USA Today]

Sometimes all you need is a new name!  What was originally called the Melbourne International Three Day Event will now be known as the Melbourne International Horse Trials and boast $50,000 AUD in prize money.  The event runs at Werribee Park in June.  [More from]

Animal friendships are one of the fastest ways to get me to go ‘awwww’.  In Ireland a red deer has taken up with a herd of horses.  He showed up a few months ago and initially stayed away from the horses, but now he appears to have a BFF in a black and white pinto nicknamed Charlie. [More from]

A sentencing date has been set for Jaci Rae Jackson who was responsible for the theft of five horses from the Southern Arkansas University rodeo team’s stables last year.  She faces up to 30 years in prison in Arkansas and up to 25 in Oklahoma.  One of the horses was ultimately found dead while the others were recovered malnourished.   [More from UALR Public Radio]

Avast Ye, Monday Video off the starboard bow!


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