Thursday News & Notes from Professional’s Choice

Yes, I made my horse a birthday carrot cake, why do you ask??

Yes, I made my horse a birthday carrot cake, why do you ask??

This past weekend was very important, and not just because everyone was having Independence Day fun in the sun. Mostly, the unicorn himself celebrated his fifteenth birthday with a cake (made of shredded carrots and oats and molasses) that he didn’t share with anybody (as per his request, obviously). Also, as tradition dictates, he also enjoys a photo shoot on his birthday to celebrate how handsome he is, because I’ve never seen a horse perk up in front of a camera like this one. Cheers to another year of partnership with a magical unicorn!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Huntington Farm H.T. [Website]

Old Chatham H.T. [Website]

The Maryland at Loch Moy H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Great Meadow FEI Nations Cup CIC [Website] [Entry Status] [Schedule]

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

Roebke’s Run H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

40th Annual Whidbey Island H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Round Top H.T. [Website]

Coconino Summer I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

Change in the sport of Eventing isn’t a new thing, and it’s definitely not far from Jim Wofford’s mind. With all the changes that he has seen our sport go through, mostly through outside forces like the IOC and the FEI, he’s got a lot to get philosophical with. I can’t even do it justice, but his newest blog for Practical Horseman about the possibility of a world without Olympic Eventing is worth a read. In short, might this be a good thing for our sport? [Jim Wofford & The Future of Eventing]

It’s no secret that we are delighted to see Eventing Jesus (aka, WFP) on the team for the Brits for Rio. After a really scary fall took him out of the saddle last season, nobody really knew if he would come back to the top level so quickly, even William himself. He’s been selected for the team for Rio, and is the only rider on the team with previous Olympic experience. He’s riding Chilli Morning, whom he says is his best “proper event horse” yet, and he has great hopes for him at the games. Click here to watch this video interview with him right after his selection. [The Gait Post]

Electrolytes: Hype or a Must? With the summer months firmly upon us, it’s important to know if you need to feed your horse electrolytes or not, and how to make sure he/she is getting the proper use of them as you administer them. Our friends at Cavalor took it upon themselves to do the research, and wrote a comprehensive guide to helping your horse navigate the hot sweaty months ahead.  [Jumper Nation]

Tik Maynard will be giving a clinic right after Great Meadow, right down the road! If you’re in the area for the event, or just happen to be nearby, you should definitely stop by Longview on Monday & Tuesday (July 11-12) of next week. The clinic will cover two days of ground work, flat work, show jumping and cross country exercises, and will be divided according to horse & rider experience. Tik will give an encore presentation of his USEA National Convention talk, “How Horses Learn – Preparing for the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover”, on Monday, July 11th. You can arrange for a private session with your horse, or just come to audit. [Tik Maynard Summer Clinic]

The Sort Of OK Show About Horses: Episode 13 (Olympic Team Selection USA & Canada)