Monday News & Notes from Fleeceworks

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“Sit back or die” … those are some eventing words to live by. Ear bonnets are clearly the next frontier of equestrian embroidery/subliminal messaging. What reminder would you benefit from having in front of your face constantly while you ride?

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Your News & Notes:

US Equestrian (USEF) has updated the USEF Rules for Eventing with the extraordinary rule changes passed at their Annual Meeting last week. These rule changes are effective as of January 1, 2019. Changes include: the whip rules in EV111 Abuse of Horses; rules about bits, ear hoods, and stirrups in EV115 Saddlery; clarification of circles in EV142 Cross-Country; and the switch from 1 penalty to 0.4 penalty per second over time in show jumping in EV153 Faults. There were also several clarifications made to the FEI star change. The USEA kindly outlined those changes for us. [USEF Updates Rulebook with Extraordinary Rule Changes]

Owners and riders are being asked to contribute to a study on risk factors for injuries and illnesses in eventing horses in Britain. Information on horses competing at all levels of British Eventing competition is being sought by The Animal Health Trust, which is working with British Eventing, the British Equestrian Federation and World Horse Welfare. Results from previous studies led by the AHT have been used to advise trainers, riders and owners about how to prevent injury in dressage and show jumping horses. Those taking part can also enter into a prize draw to win products and services valued at more than £1000. [Take the Survey]

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