Thursday News & Notes

Obsessed! Photo via Chanel Rhodes.

I can’t deny that I am completely obsessed with this matching look from Chanel Rhodes and her mare Lady, on their peaceful ride with the Compton Cowboys to the Compton Library to cast their votes. The ride was to raise awareness for voting this election season, and was absolutely wonderful. But matching hair for horse and rider? That’s next level.

National Holiday: National Cat Day

U.S. Weekend Preview: 

Galway Downs International Event & H.T.:  [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

The VHT International & H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Rocking Horse Fall H.T.: [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

In news of vain petitions, dressage riders have petitioned the FEI to allow senior riders to wear top hats. Stating that the top hat is essential to the identity of dressage riders, and that there has never been a serious accident at an international dressage competition, and the riders believe there is no reason to change that for senior competitors at CDI4*/5*, Games and championships on Grand Prix level. Ugh. [Dressage Riders Want Top Hats Again]

Ready to transform your horse’s topline this winter? Start with the basics: nutrition. After that we look at their musculoskeletal  system, and inspect your saddle fit, and maybe some chiropractic work to get a good base. When you’re all sorted there, then you can go about your training, using specific techniques to build good core strength, and work on the proper muscles that will carry you through to a great topline. [Horse Topline Building]

Fly fences: either you love them or you hate them. Cross-country fly fences can either be the easiest cross-country jumps or the most dangerous. They are fences that a horse will jump seamlessly from his galloping stride. Fly fences are at all levels of eventing. They are usually set on even terrain—the takeoff and landing are at the same level—but they can also be set on slight uphill or downhill terrain with a clear approach. Learn how to take on fly fences like a master from Bonnie Mosser in this article. [How To Fly Fences]

Gotta love a good ride of the day: