Thursday News & Notes Presented by Morven Park

Introducing Koa Martin! Photo courtesy of Boyd.

Introducing the newest member of the feral herd Martin family: Koa Brooks Martin! The warrior princess that is Silva delivered a healthy little lad this week, adding to her collection of boys. I can only imagine what kind of hairy little pony awaits him in the near future. Tiny hairy ponies sent straight from the devil himself are a rite of passage for children born into horsey families, and with his adrenaline junkie bloodlines, I think he will be up for the challenge.

U.S. Weekend Preview

Course Brook Farm Fall H.T. (Sherborn, MA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer][Scoring]

ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. (Allentown, NJ) [Website] [Volunteer]

Fleur de Leap H.T. (Folsom, LA) [Website] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Jump Start H.T. (Lexington, KY) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Ocala Fall Horse Trials (Ocala, FL) [Website] [Volunteer]

Old Tavern Horse Trials (The Plains, VA) [Website] [Entries] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Spokane Sport Horse 9th Annual Fall H.T. (Spokane, WA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times][Volunteer] [Scoring]

Stable View Oktoberfest 2/3/4* and H.T. (Aiken, SC) [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer]

Sundance Farm H.T. (Plymouth, WI) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring]

Tomora Horse Trials (Greeley, CO) [Website] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Major International Events

2023 Asian Games (Hangzhou, China) [Equestrian Schedule and Info]

News From Around the Globe:

A new Fear Free veterinary curriculum shows promise for the safety and happiness of all participants in veterinary appointments. The Fear Free online curriculum aims to educate veterinary and pet professionals, animal welfare communities, and pet owners about how to correctly interact with animals to cause them the least amount of stress, anxiety and potential trauma. A Fear Free-specific appointment enables a horse owner and certified veterinarian to work together to help animals become familiar with a veterinarian and how they handle them, thereby helping increase the animal’s comfort levels and reduce their anxiety when interacting with vets. The appointments are also a time in which owners and veterinarians collaborate on ways the owner can work with their animals at home to further reduce their stress during future, hopefully safer, veterinary appointments. [Fear Free Training is Creating Happier Horses]

Sponsor Corner

Photo by Erin Gilmore Photography.

Galloping through Autumn leaves, touring a luxurious mansion, watching Olympic-level competition from a VIP tent…the Morven Park International & Fall Horse Trials has a lot to offer. We get it, the Fall season is a busy time of year. But when we say you need to make space on your calendar for Morven Park, we mean it. Here’s why.

Hot on Horse Nation: Hands & Dumb Metaphors

Do you ever have a full ride just focused on the walk? Think back on your daily rides. When was the last time you spent time really working at the walk? Feeling your horse’s body, asking them to carry themselves at the walk for an extended period of time rather than just a loose rein, 5-10 minute warm up? Truth be told, depending on a horse’s schedule for the week, my schooling rides are sometimes a solid 30 minutes of walking. While that might sound boring, there’s a whole array of things you can do at the walk to really evaluate where your horse is at in their fitness. [In Defense of the Working Walk Ride]

Best of Blogs: The Joy of the ‘Happiest Show on Earth’

Plenty of eventers will be gracing the Dixon Oval with their presence this weekend, but only for fancy prancing. Dressage at Devon is a long standing tradition that we’ve only recently started to invade, so make sure you know everything about how to keep your finger on the pulse. [What You Need to Know: Dressage at Devon]

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