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

Tamie Smith and Fleeceworks Royal at Boekelo 🇺🇸

Don’t let the poof-ball hat fool you in the photo above — the sun is shining at Boekelo and weather conditions are even being described as “balmy.” The sun never shines like this in Holland during Boekelo, so naturally Instagram is peppered with horses, riders, grooms and spectators alike enjoying the clear skies. Surely the sunshine is a good omen for Tamie Smith and Doug Payne, our sole Americans competing this year.

National Holiday: International Day of the Girl

Major Events This Week:

Military Boekelo CCIO3*: WebsiteEntriesThursday Start TimesFriday Start TimesLive ScoringLive StreamEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Maryland at Loch Moy H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Majestic Oaks H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Fleur de Leap H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Your Thursday News & Notes:

US Equestrian has canceled the 2019 George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Session to “allow for a revitalization and refresh of the program.” The training session is designed to identify and develop the next generation of show jumping talent who may one day represent the U.S. on the world stage. US Equestrian intends to continue the program in 2020. [George Morris Training Session]

Can painting jumps a different color bolster safety at high speeds? That’s the question raised by a new study from the University of Exeter, which worked with the British Horseracing Authority and Racing Foundation to test fence colors. The jump jockeys who participated in the study felt that fences painted fluorescent yellow and white spurred better jumping form from their horses. The next trial in the study will test these two colors on fences at British racecourse training grounds. [New Jump Colors]

If you’ve never made the trip to the Goresbridge Go For Gold Sale in Ireland, this is a fabulous year to start. The preview videos for the horses in this year’s sale have now been released, and you could waste an entire afternoon watching the footage. (Ask me how I know.)  The sale takes place in Co. Kilkenny on Nov. 12 and 13 and is a highlight of the season for eventing enthusiasts. [Goresbridge Go For Gold]

Edge Brewing Barcelona, one of EN’s favorite breweries, is presenting the $5,000 Charity Jumper Classic on Oct. 26 at Foothills Equestrian Nature Center in Tryon, N.C. Edge Brewing believes in “saving horses one beer at a time” and donates a portion of profits to select equine charities. Tryon-based charity HERD (Helping Equines Regain Dignity) has been named the beneficiary for the Charity Jumper Classic. [Edge Brewing Equestrian]