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

I got goats. Photo by Kate Samuels.

So, at one point I had only two horses in my barn, and I needed a companion so you could take one horse away to a show and the other one wouldn’t be lonely. So I got a miniature donkey, because he seemed to be the lowest cost companion alternative, and he worked great for a few years. Now, however, I have a group of horses who are NOT nice to the donkey, and the poor donkey has to live alone in a paddock and he is quite sad. Also, side note, this donkey does not like other donkeys, so obviously he has to now have goats for companionship. Hence how I ended up with three goats as companions for my companion animal.

National Holiday: National IPA Day

Major Weekend Events:

Pan American Games: WebsiteEntriesTechnical ManualOrder of Go for First Horse InspectionLive Scores, Ultimate GuideEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Millbrook H.T. [Website] [Ride Times] [Entry Status] [Scoring]

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

River Glen Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times] [Scoring]

Catalpa Corner Charity Horse Trial [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Scoring]

Olney Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Scoring]

News from Around the Globe: 

Heading to New York’s Millbrook Horse Trials? On Thursday evening at around 5 p.m., Emerald Valley Equine Nutrition, a Gold Medal MHT Sponsor, will host a Novice level course walk with 5* rider Ariel Grald. Open to all, and attendees will receive a free goodie bag of fantastic Emerald Valley samples. Walk your course and get advice on how to ride the course from Ariel! [Millbrook Horse Trials]

Oh, Mark Todd. How will we ever pay proper tribute to you? A storied career that spanned six Olympic medals, four World medals, five Burghley wins and four Badminton trophies, what can we really say? Nothing except treasure the times we’ve seen you in action, and maybe look at some really great photos from long ago when eventing was an entirely different sport and you still kicked ass. [Photo Tribute to Mark Todd]

Team USA is putting in good work already at the Pan Ams, with the dressage team landing team silver this week. The U.S. Dressage Team posted strong performances on the final day of team competition at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games, earning team silver with an overall score of 437.791 after two days of intense competition. Canada was presented with the gold medal after finishing on a 440.111, securing a coveted qualification for Tokyo 2020, alongside Brazil, who collected bronze with a score of 408.696. [US Team Garners Silver]

Ahhh … the Pre-Purchase Exam. Has there ever been anything so controversial in the world of horses? Probably not. While getting a PPE is recommended in all cases, the use of context, common sense, and perspective are all active ingredients in getting what you need out of the examination. Don’t go into the experience as a buyer without reading this article. [Putting the Perspective in the PPE]

Featured Video:

Millbrook Horse Trials 2019 from Marion Latta de Vogel on Vimeo.