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

Cutest photo EVER of Reggie in his retirement job. Photo by Kathleen Murray.

Honestly, I’m still having a hard time wrapping my head around the new FEI level labels. Every time I see an event or a result posted, I read the number of stars, and immediately have to mentally check myself and convert it into the old star system. I feel like I’m not alone in this, and it will probably persist for at least a year if not more. It just feels … weird? I’m very resistant to change in this way, I need things to be the same, you guys!

National Holiday: National Sticky Bun Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Pine Top Advanced H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Three Lakes at Caudle Ranch H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

How does Maxime Livio choose a young horse to be a potential CCI5* winner? He has five requirements (listed in order of importance) in order to consider putting a young horse into his barn. The top three are elements that you can’t control or change, and the last two are things that can be influenced or improved by training and riding. Follow the link to find out more about the French mastermind. [Top Five Requirements for Young Event Horses]

Looking for a classic three-day for your 2019 calendar? Area II has two scheduled this year, from Beginner Novice through Preliminary! Loch Moy Farm has a delightful BN classic three-day event in September, and Waredaca is hosting their regular Novice through Preliminary three-day in the fall as well. Waredaca has been holding this combination educational and competitive event for over two decades, and it’s a destination event for riders and horses of all levels. [Plan Your Hylofit Classics Three Day Event]

Doesn’t matter what kind of riding you do, this winning round from Victoria Colvin and Private Practice in the $100,000 Hunter Spectacular is incredible. This horse can jump, y’all! And this girl can ride. It’s a real accomplishment to win this class in Wellington, but Tori has won it an astounding five times. She made this course look like a hot knife through butter, but I assure you it wasn’t that easy.  [Winning Ride of the Week]

In every horse owner’s winter nightmare, two Clydesdales escaped their field and fell into a frozen over lake earlier this week. Gunther and Wilhelm broke out of their pasture in Pennsylvania and travelled over a mile from home before both falling through ice in a frozen lake. They subsequently had to be rescued using chainsaws to cut a path back to shore. Their mule friend, Janey, escaped as well but wisely declined to adventure to the frozen lake, proving once and for all that mules really are smarter. [Chainsaws Needed to Free Clydesdales from Frozen Lake]