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

When it’s not ten thousand degrees, Virginia is really nice in the summer. Photo by Julia Reynolds.

We’ve been really lucky here in Virginia this summer, as it’s been pretty mild so far, but this week came in strong with weather in the nineties all week long with no sign of stopping. It’s the kind of week where you get up extra early and hope to god you get all your riding done before midday because either you or the horse will melt otherwise, and if you have a choice, you choose hacking in the woods over riding in the ring. Welcome to (almost) July!

National Holiday: National Sunglasses Day

U.S. Weekend Action:

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

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

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

Horse Park of New Jersey H.T. I [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Cobblestone Farms H.T. I [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Looking for a last minute entry to a horse trials in July? The Genesee Valley Hunt Horse Trials will be accepting post entries after Tuesday, June 25 until Tuesday, July 2, with a $50 late fee.  This event boasts a team challenge with levels from Intro through Modified, as well as a town festival, so get your entries in! [Enter Genesee Valley Hunt HT]

Britain is leading the way with increasing punishments for animal abusers. In a move I wish the US would copy, a new bill is set to work it’s way through parliament this week which increases the maximum prison sentence for animal abusers from six months to five years. In creating one of the toughest punishments in Europe for animal abuse, they hope to send the message that it will absolutely not be tolerated at all. [Tougher Sentences for Animal Abuse in England]

Concussions: learn all about them, because as equestrians, it’s something you need to know. According to the US National Library of Medicine, “head and brain injuries are responsible for the majority of serious equestrian injuries and deaths, with the rate of concussion estimated to be between 3% and 91%.” Like all athletes who have suffered a concussion or other serious head injury, failure to report the injury for proper concussion treatment, or immediately returning back to play poses a significant health risk. Unfortunately incorrect knowledge regarding concussions is perpetuated in equestrian sports. [Top 9 Concussion Myths Debunked]

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Sorry, have you not seen this ridiculous winning ride from Hickstead yet?