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

An eventer’s view. Photo via Plain Dealing Eventing FB.

So, we’re about halfway through September and stupid me thought I could quit checking the weather in Virginia, because I thought I was safe into the short period of fall where it’s actually pretty predictable and pleasant. But no, just in time for Friday the 13th, we had 97 degrees of actual hell this week, and I’m sporting a super cool new sunburn. Thanks Mother Nature!

National Holiday: National Chocolate Milkshake Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Otter Creek Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

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

GMHA September H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Blue Ridge Mountain H.T. at TIEC [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Poplar Place Farm September H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Flora Lea Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

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

CDCTA Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

News busting the racing world yesterday arrived with evidence of a positive drug test from Triple Crown winner Justify. According to reports, Justify tested positive for scopolamine just weeks before the Kentucky Derby, and the inquiry into the drug tests did not end in any disqualifications from his lead-up races. The jury decided that it was possibly due to contaminated feed, despite being well over the quantity that is deemed reasonable for that kind of environmental contamination. [Justify’s Failed Drug Test]

No, we’re still not over Burghley, why should we be? The grueling cross country course claimed many experienced pairs, but we were super impressed by several young horses and their performances at such a young age. Shout out to two U.S. horses Leamore Master Plan and Deniro Z for making the list. [8 Young Horses Who Impressed at Burghley]

Do you know what a “sacrifice show” is? Lindsey Partridge wrote for Horse Nation this week about sacrifice shows, i.e.: a show you take a young horse to not aiming to win, but just for the experience and training. Using local competitions this way is key to building a confident horse for the future, and just forget about the ribbons today. [Horsemanship with Lindsey Partridge]

Aaaand back to Burghley. Fun facts about MGH Grafton Street? Yes please. His name in the barn is Squirrel, which is amazing, and he was originally produced by Padraig McCarthy, as well as ridden by Andrew Nicholson for a year. Burghley was his first international win, at only eleven years of age! [Fun Facts about Burghley Winner Squirrel]

Video: The 2019 Event Rider Masters Finale (Oct. 5-6) is hosted by the Lignieres en Berry Eventing Show in France. [ERM]