Thursday News & Notes

Fair Hill Five Star Team assemble! Photo via Maryland Five Star Twitter.

And just like that, it’s clipping season. Last week I didn’t have any horses to clip, and all of a sudden I have at least one horse to clip every day. They all went from reasonably hairy to so furry they can barely function in the snap of a finger. It’s ok, I’ve got some excellent audiobooks ready to go, and fresh blades in my bag. But, seriously, please don’t send me any more horses to clip, I’ll be drowning in hair.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Hagyard Midsouth Three-Day Event & Team Challenge: [Website] [Entries/Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Hunt Club Farms H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Pine Hill Fall H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Tryon Riding & Hunt Club “Morris the Horse” H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Major International Events:

FEI WBFSH Eventing World Breeding Championship for Young Horses – Mondial du Lion: [Website] [Start List/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

While we watch Le Lion unfold this week, we will miss seeing American riders on the entry list. Since 2015, he Holekamp/Turner Grant has awarded significant funds that provide a USEA Young Event Horse graduate the opportunity to represent the United States in the 7-year-old Championship at Mondial du Lion in France. However, due to COVID-19 and the complications with the 2020 competition season, the Holekamp/Turner grant will not be utilized in 2020. The current funds for the grant remain and the USEA looks forward to awarding the grant in 2021 and 2022. [Notes Regarding the Holekamp/Turner Grant]

This week, the best six- and seven-year-olds in eventing from around the world converge on Le Lion d’Angers in France to fight it out for the prestigious young horse World Championship titles. This competition is well known for predicting future stars, and has done for many years past. Just a few names you might recognize like Galan de Sauvagere, some horse called Primmore’s Pride, Oslo, a little mare named FischerRocana FST, and a chestnut named Mr Medicott were all winners at Le Lion, and I feel like they had ok careers. [9 Previous Winners at Le Lion]

Skin crud got you down? Tis the season for mud and leg scud, and frustrated grooms worldwide. Luckily, we’ve got some tricks you might not have heard of from top professional grooms across the world. Sheeps wool clipped freshly off a sheep? If you’ve got it handy, it works great. [Mud Fever, Scratches Be Gone]

It’s spooky season! But hopefully not spooking season! It’s time to get your horse out on the trails for some leisurely hacks, but sometimes that’s easier said than done. Don’t go galivanting around without knowing the trails, and maybe taking some friends with you too. [Spooky Season Trail Tips]