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

Just playing some hide and seek. Photo by Andrea Leatherman Davidson.

This photo of Aubrey Davidson made me smile so so much, and just die a little inside with that ridiculously cute fluffy pony following her around the cross country course. This is absolutely the best way to be as a kid, and the best way to learn about horses and riding. I myself was basically let loose at a very young age with a variety of ponies, crawling around on them and falling off and climbing back on and hoping nobody noticed. Honestly not much has changed.

National Holiday:  National Cappuccino Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Full Moon Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Poplar Place Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

FEI president Ingmar de Ros has cast doubts on the future of the World Equestrian Games. The WEG is under inspection after it has been acknowledged that it is becoming harder and harder to find organizers who are capable and willing to host such a massive event, as well as how challenging it is for many countries to send riders every four years. As WEG venues find it financially more difficult to justify, there is a possibility of change in the format for the future. [WEG Changes on the Horizon?]

Everyone wants a horse that can handle its surroundings. Whether it’s the hustle and bustle of the sales grounds, the energy-charged environment on race day, the controlled chaos of a horse show or simply hacking out in unfamiliar territory, a horse that doesn’t lose its marbles and resort to “flight mode” when the unfamiliar or unexpected arises is one that will be easier to handle and more apt to find success in whatever is asked of them. [Desensitizing Horses for Racing and Life]

Unfortunately Grand Oaks Horse Trials has been cancelled. Due to lack of entries that are possibly due to the holiday weekend, Grand Oaks organizers announced the cancellation yesterday. Graciously, they are refunding all entries in full and offering a cross country schooling that weekend for all that did enter. [Grand Oaks HT Cancelled]

Girl power is alive and well in 2018, as we saw at the Breeder’s Cup Turf last week. We can’t get over Enable’s performance last weekend winning the prestigious race, only weeks after winning Europe’s most important turf race at the Prix de l’Arc Triomphe. Beating all the odds. Beating all the colts. Blowing us away. Watch it again! [Enable Wins Breeder’s Cup Turf]

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