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

Eventer Nicolette Merle Smith & fiancee Joel Scholz fording the river! Photo courtesy of the Mongol Derby.

Yesterday I had one of those days where I got home from the barn at 8 p.m. and then struggled to walk down my stairs to my kitchen from wobbly legs, but then I remembered that there are people out doing the Mongol Derby and I felt like a total wimp. If I ever did the Mongol Derby, I would imagine that getting home to your own bed and sleeping for two weeks straight would feel like the most luxurious and amazing thing ever. Then again, I’m just really into sleeping.

National Holiday: National Rum Day

Major Events This Week:

Bromont CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

GVRDC H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Huntington Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

Full Gallop Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]


News From Around the Globe:

Speaking of the Mongol Derby, we have a winner! Two winners, actually: Adrian Corboy of Australia and Annabel Neasham of Great Britain. Fun fact: Annabel evented through the two-star level in the UK before moving to Australia to work as Racing Manager for Ciaron Maher Racing Stables in Melbourne. [Mongol Derby Day 7: And We Have a Winner(s)!]

As eventers we think about our horse fitness constantly, but what about rider fitness? Turns out riding all day isn’t enough for the pros and riding six days a week isn’t enough for the amateurs. “You have a responsibility for staying fit for your animal” says Allison Springer, coming fresh off a third place finish in the Advanced at Millbrook. Two areas of fitness are important: cardio, and strength with flexibility. [Rider Fitness with Allison Springer]

Never stop learning new jump techniques! This week in Eventing Training Online, we have a great couple of exercises from Dorothy Crowell. In this excerpt from the full educational video, she coaches a rider through strategies to create a flexible step at the canter while jumping a course, explaining how the rider’s body position and aids from the heel all the way up to the eyes can be used to create adjustability. [ETO: Get Those Feet Moving]

You been living under a rock or you heard of Tik Maynard’s new book? Two options only, guys. With “In The Middle Are the Horsemen” Tik has created an incredible book for horse lovers and normal people alike. Read this book review, then go buy it. [Inside The World of Horses]

Hot on Horse Nation: Equestrians & The Lost Art of Self Care

Figuring out horse insurance can be complicated and slightly scary stuff. Luckily, the pros at Taylor Harris Insurance Services are there to answer any and all questions you might possibly have. Not sure about your horse’s current market value? What the heck are exclusions? What do you do when you need to make a claim? We got you covered. [THIS FAQ]