Thursday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Chris Talley and OTTB Unmarked Bills at their first CCI2* (slash walking on the runway). Photo via Chris.

Chris Talley and OTTB Unmarked Bills at their first CCI2* (slash walking on the runway). Photo via Chris.

Ah, the terrifying underground tube of death (as my horse likes to call it) of Fair Hill International. Big events usually have something classic about them that only the riders can truly appreciate, and for Fair Hill, it’s the metal tube that goes under the road between stabling and the competition side of the property. It’s just tall enough for you to be vaguely uncomfortable if you’re riding a tallish horse, and if you’re riding a spooky one, good luck. It’s also always filled with mud by the end of the weekend, because the other thing that’s classically Fair Hill is RAIN and lots of it. Good luck competitors!

Don’t forget that Pau CCI4* is running this weekend, too! Boyd Martin is our sole U.S. rider, competing both Lucy Boynton Lie’s Crackerjack and Welcome Shadow, owned by Craig and Gloria Callen. We’ll be posting reports from Pau, along with quotes from Boyd and photos from Libby Law Photography.

Pau Links: Website, Ride Times, Live Scores

U.S. Weekend Preview:

#DuttaFHI: WebsiteEntriesDraw OrderRide TimesLive ScoresYEH ScoresEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

Paradise Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Ocala Fall Event H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

Crafting a thoughtful, willing and generous partner out of raw material with a young horse is a special talent. COTH blogger Taylor Flury has a few thoughts on how to intentionally train characteristics for success in a riding horse, and number one on the list is how to teach them to think. But how do you go about teaching a horse to contemplate their actions, and not be reactive or unintentionally dangerous? Read more for great advice. [Three Lessons for Young Horses]

Wait, did you catch the Fair Hill course preview? If you didn’t, click here!

Best of Blogs: More Than A Riding Arena

Let’s be real, non-horsey significant others put up with a lot. They come into the relationship thinking it will be just another hobby or passion, but little do they know it’s completely all consuming. There are just some things they should probably know right out the gate, before they get surprised…[9 Things Your Non-Horsey Other Half Needs to Know]

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