Thursday News & Notes

Dog Halloween at Virginia Horse Trials! Photo via VHT FB.

Are you heading to the Virginia Horse Trials next week? Bringing your dog? Pack a costume! It’s time to have a little fun by participating in their “Socially Distant” Halloween Doggie Costume Contest at VHT International! Where? The Virginia Horse Center Coliseum When? Saturday, Oct 31 at 6:30 pm. A panel of 3 judges will award prizes for the “Cutest”, “Most Creative”, and “Best Dog and Owner Theme” costumes. Don’t disappoint us EN fans!

Major International Events:

Les 5 Etoiles de Pau CCI5*: WebsiteEntriesStart Times & ResultsLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Chattahoochee Hills H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

FEH & YEH Last Chance Qualifier and West Coast Championship: [Website] [Entry Status and Times]

Grand Oaks H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

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

Waredaca Classic Three-Day Event & H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status]

Windermere Run H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status and Times]

News From Around the Globe:

The USEA has announced the creation of an Interscholastic Eventing League for 2021. The IEL was created for USEA junior members who are in the 7th through 12th grades, as a pipeline towards intercollegiate riding teams after high school. The mission of the IEL is to bring together junior riders with a common interest and provide a supportive community through which students can continue to pursue their riding interests. This program will help provide a pathway for those riders who seek to be part of a collegiate eventing program as they graduate high school. [Introduction of IEL for Junior USEA Members]

Ahesahmahk Dahn has been selected to receive the 2020 Joe Kelly Maryland Million Unsung Hero Award. Presented annually by the Board of Directors of the Maryland Million Ltd., this award honors the memory of Joe Kelly and celebrates important characteristics that are valuable but often unrewarded. It recognizes honesty, hard work and humility – qualities which serve as inspiration to others. Dahn, a former Baltimore city elementary school teacher and service member in the U.S. Army, founded City Ranch Inc. in 2007 to introduce the children of Baltimore to horses by providing accessible and affordable horseback riding. Its creation inspired by his own love of horses and fueled by the loss of his nephew, the non-profit equestrian program and its herd of nearly 20 horses occupy a 29-acre farm in Windsor Mill, Md. [Maryland Million Unsung Hero Award to Ahesahmahk Dahn]

It’s truly and thoroughly clipping season, which means hairy horses and people wearing rain suits inside. If you’re diving into clipping your horse or others this year, make sure you read the first and only clipping guide you’ll ever need: this one from Emma Ford. With all the details on how to get your lines right, avoid ruining your clippers, and keep your horse looking fresh, you’ll never wonder again how to clip properly. [How To Body Clip with Emma Ford]

Francis Whittington’s team said goodbye to the 5* horse Event this week, after he suffered catastrophic neck damage that couldn’t be healed within reason for his comfort. Francis produced the 11-year-old KWPN gelding from the lower levels all the way to jumping around Burghley last year, and he will be greatly missed from the yard. To think he was just beginning his career at the top levels is an even greater sadness. Our thoughts are with their team. [RIP Evento]

One more headline to get your Thursday off and running … [In Chile, 25 Rare Chinchillas Are Sitting on Top of 3.5 Million Ounces of Gold: Can a mining company safely move them?]

Listen: Equiratings Pau Preview Show

Watch: A little old but still a great video about City Ranch in Baltimore, Maryland.