Fabulous News, EN! We are one month away from the most magical day of the year! I’ve been bouncing around jubilantly in celebration of this small bit of joy. My coworkers don’t quite understand and have only been able to mumble back at me, “Christmas was in December.” No, horse people know that the most magical day of the year is not Christmas, nor is it the day after Halloween either when all of the Halloween candy goes on sale. The most magical day of the year is the day we get to roll the clocks ahead one hour and bask in the glory that is Daylight Savings Time. March 9th can’t get here soon enough.
Events Opening This Week:
Ocala Horse Properties International 3-Day Event, (FL, A-3)
Twin Rivers Spring Three-Day Event & H.T. (CA, A-6) Full Gallop Farm H.T. (SC, A-3) Morven Park Spring H.T. (VA, A-2) Galway Downs International Horse Trials (CA, A-6) Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. (TX, A-5) Rocking Horse Spring H.T. (FL, A-3)
Monday News and Notes:
This year’s ICP Ocala Symposium kicks off today with Dressage. There are a lot of great riders to watch and will prove educational for the auditors as well. Jacquelyn Brooks and Aaron Vale will both present some of their perspectives on how to develop horses. Tomorrow will feature show jumping exercises. The symposium will be held at Longwood Farm South, 10011 NW Hwy 225A in Ocala, Florida.
Don’t Drink and Ride. In Boulder, Colo. a man accused of riding while drunk has failed to appear at a court hearing and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Apparently, he was riding the horse to his brother’s wedding. [More from TheDenverChannel.com]
A tragic barn fire in Kentucky has killed eight horses. A barn at Spooky Hollow Racing Farm burned to the ground in the early morning hours on Sunday and officials aren’t yet certain as to how the fire started. The barn had recently been renovated and everything was up to code. [More from WKYT.com]
Kim Hammond, already the all-time leading female trainer by wins has added a new record. She now has 2000 career victories, thanks to Big Smooth who won his race Saturday at Turfway Park. She has been training since 1980, with about 20 horses currently in training. [More from Courier-Journal.com]
If they’re making rules due to your own misbehavior, wouldn’t you show up? Due to some recently uncovered footage there are concerns about certain Middle Eastern countries not making an effort to help clean up Endurance racing. The FEI held a conference to address these concerns and no representatives from the region attended, including Sayeed Al Tayer, a senior employee of Sheikh Mohammed. [More from Telegraph.co.uk]
Omaha, Nebr. a new mecca for Show Jumping? It could happen in 2017. Omaha is in the running to host the World Cup Finals. Omaha’s biggest show, The International, comes to town April 11th and 12th this year and serves as a trial run for hosting large-scale, international caliber competitions. A few short weeks after the International some of the supporters make a trip to Switzerland to pitch Omaha to the FEI. Personally, I’m all for more upper level horse sports on US soil! Go Omaha! [More from Omaha.com]
Monday Video: It isn’t too early to get excited about Rolex. Check out some classic footage from 1978.