Thursday News & Notes from Taylor Harris Insurance Services (THIS)

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Do you ever just act like a real and total stalker, but to yourself? In this instance, basically obsessively refreshing the page for the photographer from a show because you just know in your bones that they got some REAL gems and you really wanna laugh at them? That’s me right now, sorry, hold all my calls, I’m busy hitting the refresh button and refraining from messaging the company about their expected release date.

National Holiday: National Chili Dog Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Horse Park of New Jersey II CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Hunt Club Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Biggest news from yesterday: Justify is officially retired. There have been mumblings about the possibility for weeks now, as he was removed from training due to some filling in an ankle. However, the swelling isn’t responding to treatment, and trainer Bob Baffert says that without 60-90 days rest, he just can’t be sure of the outcome. That takes the colt out of any fall races, and we already knew he wasn’t going to race as a four-year-old. (Cue keyboard experts freaking out left right and center). [Justified Retires]

A website that helps you find proper boarding and training in your area? Hold the phone. I know I’m not alone in saying that people are constantly asking me where to board their horses, or send them for training, or just find a nice retirement home for the oldies. It’s impossible! However, horse loving entrepreneur Tori Sullivan has started a new way to navigate this old problem, with BarnWhiz. Easy to navigate and expanding soon, check it out! [BarnWhiz]

Tickets to the gala celebrating the participation of horses, riders, coaches and supporters from Africa in the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games are now on sale.The event honors contributions to equestrian knowledge, history, sport and tradition made by residents of African nations – as well as by persons of African heritage living in Europe, Asia, the Americas and throughout the world. Buy your tickets now here! [Brown Paper Tickets]

Cayla Stone and Atalanta haven’t had the most normal path to the AECs, considering that two years ago, Atalanta was completely untouched as a wild mustang. After quite a rocky start, they placed 5th overall in the Fort Collins Extreme Mustang Makeover, and Cayla bought her back to be her eventing mount. They’ve qualified for the Novice level this year, and hope it will be a good stepping stone for Training level! [From The Plains to the Arena]