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

Holiday riding motivation levels: less tack is more fun. Photo by Diane Zrimsek

Well guys, I went for my first beach vacation since I was a kid last week, and it was weird. By weird I mean, my legs ACTUALLY TANNED for literally the first time since I was like eight. It’s a Christmas miracle, y’all. Don’t worry, by next week I’m sure they’ll be back to their ghostly pale, and all will be right in the world.

National Holiday: National Sangria Day

News From Around the Globe:

Fair Hill International is hiring! Would you enjoy working with a team of more than 500 hard working volunteers who share their love of the outdoors with a desire to participate in one of the most prestigious equestrian Three-Day-Events in the United States?Are you organized, dependable, detail-oriented, a self-starter, able to raise funds, to attract and develop corporate sponsorships, and also to recruit, retain and motivate volunteers? Fair Hill is looking for you! [FHI Executive Director Job Listing]

We’re very sad to report the passing of leading Eventing sire, Ramiro B. The twenty-four year old stallion was diagnosed with irreversible kidney failure, and was put to rest soon after. He is currently number 6 on the World Breeding Federation Eventing Sire rankings, and is certainly one of the most popular jumper sires of our time. Having enjoyed a grand prix jumping career on his own, he has produced some of the top eventing and show jumping horses in the world, including several CCI4* and CSI5* winners. [Kidney Failure Claims Life of Ramiro B]

The Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB), has announced the introduction of the digital tattoo system, scheduled for full implementation by Jan. 1, 2020. The transition to the TRPB Digital Tattoo follows the recent requirement by The Jockey Club for a horse to be microchipped prior to being registered and, more recently, the availability of a digital certificate of foal registration. This is an attempt to make sure that Thoroughbreds in the US and Canada have the most technologically advanced and thorough identification system possible. [Lip Tattoos Are Out]

OTTB critique time! |In this series, the United States Eventing Association (USEA) is partnering with Athletux to critique your off-the-track Thoroughbred eventing prospects. This time, Natalia Neneman shares her insights into Demitasse’s pedigree, racing history, and conformation. [OTTB Critique with Natalia Neneman]