Thursday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Just a girl with some gold medals hanging out on the beach for one last night in Rio. Photo courtesy of Charlotte DuJardin.

Just a girl with some gold medals hanging out on the beach for one last night in Rio. Photo courtesy of Charlotte Dujardin.

Daily summer schedule: Wake up around dawn. Step outside, hope it’s below 85 degrees while still dark. Realize it isn’t magically cool today. Sigh. Go back inside. Put on riding clothes, debate if you can tolerate a t-shirt, give up and go for a lightweight sports tank top. Zip up half chaps. Drag ponies in from the fields, already irritated from flies. Make sure everybody has all four shoes, and all four legs intact. Spend 20 minutes mixing up breakfast and double checking supplements. Ride ponies. Ride horses. Muck stalls. Ride horses. Teach a few lessons. Ride one last horse. Muck stalls. Make sure everybody has four shoes, and all four legs intact. Turn out. Sweep aisle. Scrub and refill water buckets. Go home. Shower. Stuff something that looks like food in your face. Put on pajamas. Watch mindless Netflix for an hour. Fall asleep at 8:30. Rinse. Repeat.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Waredaca Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Full Gallop Farm August H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

News From Around the Globe:

Don’t miss a rare opportunity to ride with German gold medalist Andreas Dibowski in a special eventing clinic during the American Trakehner Association (ATA) annual convention at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. The clinic is for Beginner Novice through Advanced and takes place October 31-November 2. You don’t have to be an ATA member to participate and auditors are welcome. Click here for a clinic application!

The Arabian Sport Horse Alliance is proud to be offering recognition for Arabian-bred competitors at the 2016 American Eventing Championships. The ASHA Highlight Awards will be presented to the highest placing Arabian-bred horse or pony in the following fourteen divisions: USEF/USEA Recognized Divisions: A-Ch, I-Ch, PAm-Ch, PH-Ch, PJr/Yr-Ch and USEF Endorsed/USEA Recognized Divisions: TAm-Ch, TH-Ch, TJr-Ch, NAm-Ch, NH-Ch, NJr-Ch, BNAm-Ch, BNH-Ch, BNJr-Ch. Arabian-bred sport horses and ponies that that are Arabian, Anglo-Arabian, Shagya-Arabian or least 25% Arabian/Shagya by lineage are eligible for these awards. To verify your horse’s eligibility and get on the official list for these awards please contact [email protected] by August 26, 2016.

After Beezie Madden had to withdraw Cortes C from Olympic Show Jumping, the rest of the team went on to win Team silver yesterday. Cortes C suffered a tendon injury in the action from Tuesday, and so Kent Farrington, McLain Ward and Lucy Davis all had to really deliver in the final round of show jumping action. They did brilliantly, and the internet exploded with pride and fun photos from Rio. [Horse Nation: Olympic Social Media]

KER Service of the Week – MicroSteed Ration Wizard

Whether your horse is traveling, adjusting to a new home, exercising more, or enjoying retirement, it is important to make sure your horse’s diet is meeting its nutrient requirements.

Developed by Kentucky Equine Research (KER), MicroSteed™ Ration Wizard makes choosing the appropriate feed type and amount for your horse a simple process. The program uses a detailed description of the horse to determine its nutrient requirements, and then recommends appropriate feeds from KER’s global network of partners. You can also contact a KER nutrition advisor directly for a custom analysis and report.

MicroSteed is available as a web-based Ration Wizard for horse owners and as a detailed software for feed manufacturers, veterinarians, and select independent consultants. To try MicroSteed Ration Wizard or request more information on software for advanced ration evaluation and diet manipulation, visit our website.