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

Bit of a size difference here. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Why is it that at the end of August, when it’s supposed to be entering into the delightful fall weather, that I am not experiencing a terrible second summer from hell? I don’t need to be this hot anymore, I feel like I’m too old for it. Can I start a protest against sweating for twelve hours every day? Will anybody join my picket line for that?

National Holiday: National Tooth Fairy Day

Major Weekend Events:

MARS Great Meadow International [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Millstreet International Horse Trials – Ireland [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Event Rider Masters]

Land Rover Blair Castle Horse Trials – Scotland [Website] [Schedule] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Town Hill Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. II [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

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

The Event at Archer [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Two young rising stars were announced yesterday as recipients of Jacqueline B. Mars Travel Grants. Ariel Grald was given the international travel grant with Leamore Master Plan, and the two are using it this weekend to compete at Millstreet. Ellie O’Neal was given the national travel grant, and plans to use it at Fair Hill later this fall for her mare Zeta. [Jacqueline Mars Travel Grant Recipients]

Charlotte DuJardin was eliminated from the European Championships this week. The latest in riders to fall prey to the blood rule, Charlotte’s horse Mount St John Freestyle was found to have blood marks on her side following her test. The test was a personal best, scoring a 81.91% but the stewards found blood and eliminated her thereafter. [Charlotte DuJardin Eliminated from European Championships]

Showing horses can be stressful, even under the best of circumstances. No matter what your discipline or how big/small the show, packing up and preparing feels a lot like a cross-country move. Dealing with showing nerves is one of the biggest goals of any rider, and learning to do so is a life long work in progress. [Getting a Grip: Dealing with Pre-Show Nerves]

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Video: Millstreet International Horse Trials kicks off today in Co. Cork, Ireland, hosting CCI2*-S to CCI4*-L level competition as well as the fifth Event Rider Masters leg. Lots of USA representation! Liz Halliday-Sharp is tackling the ERM with Fernhill By Night; in the CCI4*-L we’ve got Caroline Martin with Islandwood Captain Jack and Will Faudree with Pfun; and in the CCI4*-S Ariel Grald with Leamore Master Plan, plus Liz with Deniro Z, Cooley Quicksilver and Carpe Diem IV.