Thursday News & Notes from Woof Wear

I think we call this #eventerproblemsolved. Two birds. One stone. Photo courtesy of Anissa Cottongim.

I think we call this #eventerproblemsolved. Two birds. One stone. (Andrew Palmer icing Tatentrang & his beer). Photo courtesy of Anissa Cottongim.

Yesterday was National Dog Day, so my social media feed was literally littered (ha! puns!) with puppies of every shape and size, although admittedly terrier heavy, as I have lots of horse friends, obvi. My own mother celebrated by going to get a new dog, without telling anybody in the family. She shows up at the barn, asking for help, because theres a dog in her back seat. Lord help us all. However, the new dog is super chill, and is a sweetie, and has really crooked little legs, so that’s cool. #onemoreterrier

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Town Hill Farm H.T. [Website]

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club Fall H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Chattahoochee Hills CIC & H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Silverwood Farm Fall H.T. [Website]

Corona del Sol H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

The Event at Woodland Stallion Station H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Kentucky Classique H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Moqui Meadows H.T.  [Website]

News From Across the Globe:

As riders ramp up for the FEI European Championships next month, course designer Ian Stark says bring it on. As a very popular cross country course designer, Ian is known for making courses that are big and scary for the rider to walk, but intuitive for the horses and safe at the end of the day. He says he tries to bring his course design back to the hey-day of big and bold and forwardly positive jumping efforts, and hopes that his challenge will be met with enthusiasm. With the championships hosted in Scotland and a Scotsman designing the cross country, there is some serious Scottish pride going on! [Stark Examination Awaits Europe’s Finest at Blair Castle]

The FEI is continuing their push towards the development of a global standard for footing in jumping arenas. At the FEI heaquarters, thirty-six equine, veterinary and footing specialists from Belgium, Canada, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, Switzerland, Britain and the United States came together to discuss standards for arena surfaces in jumping, and to discuss the effects of different surfaces on the health of the equines. They found that the performance of arena surfaces was characterised by the five parameters of impact firmness, cushioning, responsiveness, grip and uniformity. A global standard for jumping surfaces will greatly benefit us in years to come for international competition. [International Standards for Jumping Surfaces]

When is it time to move on from a horse of a lifetime? COTH intern Ann Glavin considers this incredibly tough question in her touching recent blog about her horse of a lifetime, Happy Go Lucky. While buying a four-year-old OTTB for their 12 year old daughter might not have been the most advisable decision her parents ever made, Lucky changed Ann’s life, and for the better. But what do you do when you’ve been partnered together for ten years? And it’s time for your horse to change somebody else’s life? Read more on the Chronicle’s blog. [Horse of a Lifetime]

A group of men rode horses through the streets of Baltimore yesterday, and people are freaking out about it. They are riding their horses in protest of laws that are cracking down on dirt bike usage on roads, and how one relates to the other, I’m stymied, but that’s apparently the situation. Fun fact: you cannot ride a horse down the city streets without a permit to do so, as well as permission from the city. Also, it’s completely possible to get a DWI while riding a horse. [Baltimore Horse Protesters]

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Remember when there was a palomino pony competing at Advanced? Willy was Nyls’ only best friend ever. We miss him!