Thursday News & Notes from Woof Wear

We see you, Kyle Smith. Photo by Jonathan Long.

We see you, Kyle Smith. Photo by Jonathan Long.

We just keep getting emailed amazing photos this week! This little gem was captured by eventer Michelle Weeks’ boyfriend while he was practicing with a new lens on cross country. During his photo shoot at Cobblestone Farms in Dexter, MI, he caught Kyle Smith riding KSE Word Play over this Novice level fence. I’ll be honest: I’ve always fantasized about doing something like this over a monster Advanced fence when I see a photographer on the other side, but I’ve been too chicken. Dear Kyle…where is the helmet cam video of this moment from your angle?!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

GMHA Festival of Eventing H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Fair Hill H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status]

Otter Creek Summer H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status]

Summer Event at Woodside H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

News From Around The Globe:

There are at least a billion different ways to be a successful rider, and Jimmy Wofford advocates trying them all. In his most recent article for Practical Horseman, we get a classic Jimmy sense of humor as he talks about the varying training techniques he’s encountered for all the disciplines, and how experimenting led him to success in different ways. There is certainly no “one size fits all” in horse training. [Jimmy Wofford on Training Techniques]

What’s the scariest thing that Tim Price has ever done? Additionally, what would be his last meal on earth if he could choose? And his favorite horse? Horse & Hound answers all these questions and more in an exclusive Q&A with Tim Price. [Tim Price: Questions Answered]

Science says: horses share surprisingly similar facial expressions with humans and chimps! A new study concludes that the way that horses move their nostrils, lips and eyes have striking similarities with the facial muscles and movements of humans. While this might be why we relate so strongly to them, there is no science as to the similarities in expressions and corresponding emotions, so don’t get too excited. [Why The Long Face?]

Disciplines aside, Pony Finals might be the cutest thing you check out all week. The Chronicle is featuring four adorable Pony Finals debutantes, and their mighty steeds. Face it, with pig tails, bows, ridiculously cute and naughty ponies and sometimes tiny tail coats, you can’t NOT click on this link. [Pony Cuteness Overload]

Best use of gifs all week: 10 Horses Who Forgot How To Horse