Thursday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Fall river times. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Fall river times. Photo by Kate Samuels.

I. Love. Sweater. Weather. Seriously though! I have never been so excited in my life to wear long sleeves all day long! September might be my most favorite month. The weather is so perfect….not too hot, not too cold, with just a nip in the air in the morning that helps to wake you up as you stumble to the barn in the semi-darkness. Although, my horses are already looking fuzzy and in need of a clip, so that happened overnight and I’m not too pleased with that development. But, sweaters! And cool breezes!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

University of New Hampshire H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Flora Lea Fall H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status]

Surefire H.T.  [Website]

Stable View H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Sundance Farm H.T.  [Website]

Nutrena USEA AEC H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Jump Start H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

Welcome to the 2015 American Eventing Championships, presented by VTO Saddlery! Held this year again at the Texas Rose Horse Park, competitors and horses arrived yesterday and settled into what is definitely going to be a very exciting weekend. With top prizes going to the most competitive pairs at each level, and goodies for the champions, it’s the perfect combination of cutthroat and community. Go AECs! [American Eventing Championship Week]

Why didn’t anybody tell me that a talking George Morris Action Figure is now available to purchase? The Chronicle of the Horse and Breyer Horses have made this ridiculous little action figure that speaks TWENTY of George’s most famous lines (Practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect…..You ride like a soup sandwich etc). The amazing little limited edition George will set you back about $100, and all proceeds go to the Chronicle Support Network’s Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund. [Hot on Horse Nation]

Eight years ago, Loreen Kay and Elisa Wallace were slated to be the sole American riders at Blenheim CCI3*. Unfortunately, due to horse injuries, neither of them made it. But this year, they both went, with Elisa as the rider and Loreen as the groom. Loreen did an amazing blog for Practical Horseman, breaking down the week that would go down as an uncontested American victory. [Blenheim Three Day Recap]

The Central Park Horse Show returns this week to NYC. Just like last year, Georgina Bloomberg went on Good Day New York with a horse of hers, Crown, to promote the show. This is that moment that you painfully watch a total noob try to interact with a horse and fail, because news anchor Greg Kelly is a bumbling fool around the horse and asks a LOT of dorky questions. He also follows the interview by throwing a giant inflatable ball past the horse, totally freaking it out. This is the definition of SMH. [NYC News Anchor Fails at Horse Sense]

Throwback Thursday: No Hands, No Problem for Richard Spooner

Best of Blogs: Trampled Kill Pen Mare Prepares for Thoroughbred Showcase


KER ClockIt Session of the Week:

This is an Intermediate/** Thoroughbred mare’s session using KER ClockIt Sport. The rider trotted to warm up, then did three 6-minute gallop sets on flat terrain. Overall, she spent about 16 minutes of the hour-long ride in the 70-80% heart-rate zone. Check out the graph below! 

*As a note to KER Clockit users: the update for Android is out in the Google store, and the update for iOS is coming in the next few days, so if you upgraded your software and your Clockit doesn’t work, just hang in there a few days!*