Thursday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Super groom Shannon Kinsley showing off her wrangling chops at Jersey Fresh! Photo via Lauren Kieffer Eventing on Facebook. Super groom Shannon Kinsley showing off her wrangling chops at Jersey Fresh! Photo via Lauren Kieffer Eventing on Facebook.

It’s Jersey Fresh week! This is definitely one of my personal favorite weekends of the year, as I love the New Jersey Horse Park and the caliber of riders that gather to compete in the big two- and three-star divisions.

There is plenty of talent to see this weekend, and Jenni is our eyes on the ground (assisted by Chinch, naturally), so there will be plenty of East coast action coming your way over the next few days. Stay tuned!

Events This Weekend:

Hitching Post Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Plantation Field May H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

WindRidge Farm H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

Mill Creek Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Galway Downs Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Winona H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

News & Notes:

Kentucky Equine Research and EN are teaming up to host the Great KER Fitness Challenge this spring! Download the free KER ClockIt Sport app for your phone and record your rides for a chance to win a $100 gift card to, an EcoGold Secure XC Saddle Pad, a lesson with your choice of Bruce Davidson, Liz Halliday-Sharp, or Dom or Jimmie Schramm; and a feature story about you and your horse on EN. Entries close May 31! [Contest Details]

What did Michael Jung look like as a kid? Well, not surprisingly, he looked good enough to catch the eye of the one and only George Morris. The Chronicle of the Horse did some digging and found this early photo of Michael riding and shared what George had to say. [George Morris Saw Brilliance in Young Jung]

Looking for some tips on improving your dressage scores? Look no further! If you’re in the New Jersey area, you can attend the Dressage Session II Training Program next Monday and Tuesday at Marilyn Payne’s facility. This is a required training program for “r” judges and will be hosted by Marilyn Payne and Gretchen Butts. Definitely a great auditing and learning opportunity. [Dressage Training II]

Weekly Business Tip from Mythic Landing Enterprises:

A good business plan, which should include your short-term and long-term goals plus your current budget and 2-3 year projections on income and expenses, will help keep you on track to reach your goals. If you are an impulse buyer (ahem, Tack of the Day addict??), having this document in writing could keep you out of trouble! You can even create a separate document that can be shared with your key staff members so that they know what you are working towards and help your business achieve these goals.

Thursday Video:

Get some helpful jumping tips from Stephen Bradley:

KER Product of the Week – Sport Horse Nutrition Feeds

Kentucky Equine Research (KER) formulates nutritionally balanced, state-of-the-art feeds for horses in all life stages, disciplines, and areas of the world, using the most up-to-date research findings. KER-formulated feeds are available through partner dealers and merchants. Ask your local feed manufacturer if they work with KER, or find a KER partner near you.

KER also produces its own line of feed in partnership with Hallway Feeds. Top-ranked U.S. Eventer Buck Davidson relies on these KER Sport Horse Nutrition feeds, including OVATION™, to deliver the necessary levels of fat and complex carbohydrates for optimal sport horse performance. Ovation is a high-fat pelleted feed built around stabilized rice bran and fortified with KER micronutrients.

“Ovation is my go-to pelleted feed for high-performance horses. With shiny coats and steady energy, my horses look amazing on Ovation,” Buck explains. “Because it’s from KER, I know these feeds are based on the latest equine nutrition science and manufactured with the highest quality ingredients and processes. It’s simply the best feed available.”