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

Well this takes cross country to a whole new level. Photo via Hygain USA.

It’s Burghley week!!! Or, it would have been, so it still is in my mind. There are many memories and celebrations online, including an entire virtual Burghley vendor village, and videos of years past. I’ve only been once, but it was a magical experience that I highly recommend to anybody in the horse world.

Click here to learn more about Burghley’s 2020 virtual programming.

U.S. Weekend Preview

Bucks County Horse Park H.T.: [Website] [Entries]

Caber Farm September H.T.: [Website] [Entries] [Entries/Times]

Chardon Valley H.T.: [Website]

Copper Meadows H.T.: [Website] [Entries/Times]

Course Brook H.T.: [Website] [Entries]

Five Points H.T.: [Website] [Entries]

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T.: [Website] [Entries]

News From Around the Globe:

With good management and good genetics, it’s not that uncommon to see horses competing well into their late teens these days. Elisa Wallace’s top horse Simply Priceless is 19 years old, and she says he’s simply Benjamin Button. Knowing how to keep your horse sound and happy through their long careers is a skill, and some top riders share how they are making it work. [Top Horses As Senior Citizens]

Sally Ike stepped down yesterday as managing director of the U.S. Equestrian Federation’s Licensed Officials committee, but don’t think for a minute that she is just retiring. A multi-faceted pillar of the equestrian community, she will become a consultant for the USEF as an independent contractor. Sally, it’s not goodbye, it’s just see you later! [Sally Ike Retires from USEF]

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program canceled its 2020 dressage and combined test event that was slated to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park on October 3. The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) has followed suit, cancelling its Dressage and Combined Test Championships on Oct. 4. Horses qualified and declared by the August 3 deadline for the 2020 championships will be eligible to participate in the 2021 events. [New Vocations] [Thoroughbred Incentive Program]

Get ready for some amazing video coverage coming up with this new partnership between Horse & Country TV and US Equestrian. With more live streams of competitions across disciplines, and premium content to members, your online life just got a little better. As far as eventing goes, it looks like they’re planning to stream Les 5 Etoiles de Pau and we’ll keep you posted on any others as we hear about them. [Live Streams & Videos Galore]

The Philadelphia Urban Riding Academy is one of the country’s oldest inner city equestrian programs. The urban black cowboy has been prevalent in Philadelphia since the early 1900’s, with horse drawn wagons delivering milk, produce, mail, laundry and more. While those services have died out, the black cowboys have remained. [Concrete Cowboys of Philadelphia]

A study is focused on the health of the microbiome (hind gut) and performance of event horses. “We are currently researching this important area, in collaboration with Aberystwyth and Manchester Universities and a yard of 5* to pre novice horses, we are using the latest genomic sequencing to profile microbial communities to provide better insights into how to manage the diet/stress/temperament and energy during training and the competition season.” [Trainer Magazine]

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