Thursday News & Notes

Have you hugged your horse today? Photo via Kelly Jarvis.

This week I did a big treat-yo-self (and treat-yo-horses) and bought a PEMF machine. Anybody who knows me knows that I’m also a huge penny pincher, so it’s a big deal for me to actually buy a rather expensive machine. However, after trying it on myself for nerve damage in my neck, and using it for a few years with the horses, I decided to jump in. After all, 2020, right?? Why not.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Woodside International H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farms: [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Ocala Fall H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Radnor Hunt H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Show Photographer] [Volunteer]

St. John’s H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status]

War Horse Event Series H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

Tickets for the 2021 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event presented by MARS Equestrian™and the $225,000 Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix presented by Hagyard Equine Medical Institute will go on sale in January 2021. Equestrian Events Inc. (EEI), which produces both world-class events, is delaying the opening of ticket sales because of remaining uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The events are scheduled to return to the Kentucky Horse Park on April 22-25, 2021, featuring elite horses and riders from across the nation and around the world. More information on the exact date when tickets will be available can be found on the Kentucky Three Day Event website.

The USEA is seeking a volunteer to serve as the USEA Young Rider Committee Chair/National Coordinator. The position leads the 10 USEA Young Rider Area Coordinators at the national level and works directly with respective USEA and USEF personnel. This person should have strong communication skills and organizational skills. They will be responsible for scheduling regular meetings for the Young Rider Area Coordinators, creating agendas for meetings, sharing information and deadlines with Coordinators, coordinating for Young Rider Championships, and bringing forward miscellaneous information from the USEA and USEF regarding the Young Rider program and its series or championships. Sound like you? Apply today! [Apply to be the Young Rider Committee Chair]

COVID-19 precautions for USEF competitions is evolving as we continue the fall season, and we must stay vigilant in order to keep our competitions safe and running. Competitors who test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of attending a competition must notify the competition organizers, the USEF, as well as their local public health authorities. Guidelines for social distancing at competitions have also been updated, and of course, we must be strict about our use of face masks. [USEF COVID-19 Updates]

Despite a postponed wedding (due to be held in November) and Tokyo dreams on hold, 2020 isn’t all bad for eventing’s newest power couple Jesse Campbell and Georgie Strang. “We are still quietly hopeful that Tokyo is on the cards. We will continue to train that way and look towards it” says Jesse. “As for the wedding,” Georgie goes on, “well we are just trying to rearrange and make a plan within the covid guidelines. It has been disappointing — but it’s not the worst thing. We’re now onto plan F but are determined to make it happen!” One thing they are celebrating is a new partnership as part of the Shires Equestrian Sponsored Riders Team.

Nick Skelton’s 2016 Rio Olympics gold medal-winning hero Big Star has been spotted having a pop at home under the show jumper’s daughter-in-law, Bridget Andrews, who is married to his jockey son Harry Skelton. The 17-year-old stallion son of Quick Star has returned to Nick’s Warwickshire stables following his duties at stud. Retired from competition, but still having fun, this video of Big Star will bring a smile to your face. [Big Star Pumped about Jumping Again]

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