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

Lisa Hickey thanking Joseph Murphy after riding in his Ocala clinic in February. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Big news, EN! After teaching a series of highly successful clinics in Ocala earlier this year, Irish Olympian Joseph Murphy is returning to the States. He’ll be teaching for three days, Nov. 5-7, at Boyd Martin’s Windurra USA in Cochranville, PA. Widely considered one of the best cross country riders in the world, Joseph is also an extremely effective teacher who specializes in building confidence in both horses and riders. Click here to read a clinic report about what you can expect when riding with Joseph.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a tune-up for anyone heading to the Ocala Jockey Club CCI, for those looking to build confidence on cross country, and for those looking to move up a level in early 2019. Lessons are small group sessions and approximately 80 minutes long. Cost is $125 for one day, $240 for two days, and $360 for three days, plus a $60 facility fee for Windurra. We expect this clinic to fill fast! Reserve your spot with a $50 deposit on PayPal (choose the friends & family option) to [email protected]. Specify date and level in the notes section. Questions? Ask here.

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Major Events This Week:

Millstreet: WebsiteSchedule, Start Times & Live Scoring, Live StreamEN’s Coverage

Blair Castle: WebsiteScheduleStart Times & Live ScoringLive StreamEvent Rider MastersERM Live ScoresEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Preview: 

Town Hill Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. II [Website]

Caber Farm Horse Trial  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

The Event at Archer [Website] [Live Scoring]

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

Your Thursday News & Notes:

Phillip Dutton will be teaching a one-day jumping clinic on Oct. 10 at Rutledge Farm in Middleburg, Virginia as part of the Olympic Gold Medalists equestrian clinic series. Cost is $175 per rider, and $20 per auditor. Sessions are 70 minutes with 4-6 riders. All levels welcome. Register at

Is a WEG Luxury vacation on your bucket list?  Then here is your opportunity!  One of Boyd’s best supporters is making a one week dream vacation available for sale for the week of Eventing at the Biltmore.  The owners are asking for this package to be purchased, but the proceeds  will go towards Baby Leo’s hospital expenses. With a deluxe room at the Biltmore and four tickets to all days of WEG Eventing, this will be a vacation week to tell your grandchildren about. [Luxury WEG Weekend]

Researchers are attempting to identify racehorses at risk of catastrophic injury by using blood tests for inflammatory and anti-inflammatory markers as early indicators. Scientists have made many attempts to use biomarkers as indicators of injury, given the big economic costs of breakdowns to the racing industry, but the data so far has shown this isn’t reliable. Researchers in the two-year $164,488 study have been collecting samples since January with the help of multiple state and local racing jurisdictions. [Blood Samples to Determine Risk of Catastrophic Injury]

Having a horse that jumps ditches properly is integral to the success of the modern eventer. In this episode of Eventing Training Online, Kyle Carter discusses how to introduce horses to ditches in the least stressful way possible. Kyle  has the riders approach a set of rails situated next to the ditch and then incrementally moves the rails over the ditch. He discusses that he isn’t necessarily going to nitpick straightness or the rider’s position as he simply wants the horse to move confidently over the ditch. He emphasizes giving the horse the same ride every time, not changing anything as they progress from the rails to the actual ditch. [Eventing Training Online]

Taylor Harris Insurance Services agents aren’t just experts in insurance: they’re experts in horses! All agents are also experience horse people from many different disciplines and parts of the United States, making them uniquely qualified to help you choose the best way to #protectyourhorse. [THIS]