Thursday News & Notes from Kentucky Equine Research

Photo via the Nadeem Noon Support Fund Facebook page Photo via the Nadeem Noon Support Fund Facebook page

Today we’re sending well wishes to beloved trainer Nadeem Noon, who has reportedly been moved to hospice care following a battle with Amyloidosis. According to an update last night on the Nadeem Noon Support Fund Facebook page, the current goal is pain management to make Nadeem as comfortable as possible:

“Nadeem is currently undergoing hospice care as his heart has deteriorated and the amyloidosis is back complicating the heart issues. They are currently trying to manage his pain. Sherry and family are with him and request prayers and privacy as they attempt to manage Nad’s pain in hopes of bringing him home. They are so grateful for everyone’s love and support!”

Please continue to keep Nadeem and his loved ones in your thoughts during this difficult time.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Full Moon Farms H.T. [Website]

River Glen Fall H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

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

Fresno County Horse Park H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Are you feeling the #NoStirrupNovember pain? We completely understand. That’s why we’re teaming up with Total Saddle Fit to give away a beautiful pair of calfskin leathers as your reward for all of your hard work this month. We’ve extended the deadline to Monday, November 16 at 5 p.m. EST so enter now! [#NoStirrupNovember Contest Details]

Should American Pharoah win the Sport’s Illustrated “Sportsman of the Year” award? Like, DUH! There is nothing that compares to winning the Triple Crown, not to mention the Grand Slam, and no other athlete on the list of twelve candidates who has accomplished anything near as crazy difficult and rare as that. Let’s band together, horse people, and make American Pharoah take over Sport’s Illustrated!! [American Pharoah for Sportsman of the Year] [Vote Here]

We love OTTB’s, but if you’re new to the breed, how do you know how to find one for you? There is certainly a science and a lot of experience that goes with choosing ex-racehorses that will be successful in new careers, and sometimes it can seem overwhelming. What kind of injuries are ok? What should you pass on? Do you look for a horse that hasn’t raced much or one that’s raced a lot? Steuart Pittman gives his advice on how to select the best OTTB for your needs. [Choosing an Ex-Racehorse]

Yesterday was Veteran’s Day, and we honored every living being that has served in protection of home and country. Horses have a long history with the military, and many have served integral positions in times of need. Who can forget Sargent Reckless? Now, horses aren’t really used for military procedures, but they are incredible partners for many of our Veteran programs that help wonderful people get back to civilian life. [Horses Helping Veterans]

Completely Ridiculous Blog Link of the Day: Bro-to-Bro Dating Advice: Avoid the Horse Chicks

KER ClockIt Session of the Week:

This week’s featured session is an offsite jump school with a 7-year-old OTTB, shared by the winner of the previous KER ClockIt Share Your Sessions sweepstakes. Those who share their sessions between now and November 30 will have the chance to win a $100 gift card to, which features KERx Special Needs Nutrition products, as well as KER apparel and saddle pads, and KER ClockIt accessories.

Participants also have the chance to be the KER ClockIt Session of the Week here on Eventing Nation. There’s no limit on number of times you can enter–the more sessions you record, the greater your chances! To enter, just record a qualifying session using a heart-rate monitor and send the session link to [email protected] with a brief description of the ride. More information:


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