Thursday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research


Photo by Kate Samuels.

Sometimes all you need in your week is long hacks in the woods alone with your horses (and maybe some neighborly cows). That’s exactly what I’ve been doing this week. Along with all my regular work, I’ve been spoiling myself by taking regular strolls on my favorite red dinosaur, who thoroughly enjoys the slow pace. Nothing like some quiet time alone to reflect and be thankful for what you have.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Kent School Spring H.T. [Website]

Fair Hill H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Otter Creek Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Spokane Sport Horse Farm Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

CCC Spring Gulch H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

A Celebration of Life Service for Philippa Kate Humphreys will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at Thornapple Covenant Church, 6595 Cascade Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions are suggested to Millie’s College Fund. [Obituary for Philippa Humphreys]

Clark Montgomery enjoyed a 9th place finish at The Dodson & Horrel Chatsworth International Horse Trials CIC3* last weekend, but sadly his triumph was tinged with sadness as he lost his long time groom Karen Hughes to her battle with cancer on Monday. Karen was a career sport horse groom, and one of the best in the business, and will be missed deeply from the community. Clark is looking ahead to Rio with Loughan Glen, who he says has come out in 2016 “like a beast.” [Road To The Olympics: Clark Montgomery]

Thanks to the generosity of The Broussard Charitable Foundation, the Rebecca Broussard Developing International Riders Grants have been established to assist and encourage the development of world-class event riders at the highest levels of the sport. These grants will be awarded to offset some of the travel and training expenses in the pursuit of achieving the qualities of an international rider with the skills necessary to represent the United States of America in eventing. This fund has been separated into three types of grants: Travel Grants, National International Rider Grant and Global International Rider Grant. These grants are available to any rider who has not already represented the U.S. at any international CCIO3* or CCIO4*. [Broussard Grants Available]

Japanese dressage rider Hiroshi Hoketsu, who at the age of 75 would have been the oldest athlete ever to take part in an Olympic Games, has missed out on qualifying for Rio 2016 after his horse became unsound. Had he competed at Rio, Hoketsu would have overtaken the previous oldest Olympian, Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn, who participated in the 1920 Antwerp Games at the age of 72, winning a silver medal. Austrian dressage rider Arthur von Pongracz de Szent-Miklós und Óvár was also 72 when he competed at the 1936 Summer Olympics, placing fourth in the Men’s Team Dressage. [75-year-old Misses Olympic Qualifications]

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KER Service of the Week – KER ClockIt Sport Mobile App

Did you know that most horses doing typical arena work aren’t getting into the heart-rate zone needed to improve their fitness? Are you looking to get your horse into the conditioning zone?

The KER ClockIt™ Sport mobile app, developed by Kentucky Equine Research (KER), takes the guesswork out of measuring equine conditioning programs. By tracking individual horse’s intensity and duration of exercise, horse owners and trainers can condition and feed each horse appropriately for the work they’re actually performing.

Interested in downloading the app? It’s free and available for both iPhones and Androids.

Using KER ClockIt Sport to record your rides not only gives you valuable insights to your horse’s fitness, but now you can also win a great prize! Share your ClockIt sessions for a chance to win the KER and Eventing Nation Share Your Sessions Sweepstakes. For more information, visit the website.