This week, my horse celebrated his gotcha-day by brewing an abscess, and gimping around rather pathetically. I pulled the shoe and used my PEMF machine as well as liberal amounts of Epsom salts packs, and blew that sucker in 48 hours, and it was deeply satisfying. Except the part where yesterday when poking it, the abscess ejected everywhere, and horse people all around the world will know what a horrible smell it emits. The smell of an abscess is such a distinctive scent, you’d know it immediately. Anyway, highly recommend PEMF if you want to blow that sucker out of the water quickly.
U.S. Weekend Preview:
Alhambra Fall Event (Alberta, Canada): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]
Stone Gate Farm H.T. (Hanoverton, Oh.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]
Major International Events:
News From Around the Globe:
Woods Baughman and C’est La Vie 135 made their names known in 2019 when they won a competitive CCI3*-L at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International. Woods, now 25, works as an assistant trainer to Sharon White at her Last Frontier Farm in West Virginia, and also spent 2018 working for Dirk Schrade in Germany, which is where he found Contendro. The pair moved up to advanced in late 2019 and last year finished third at the MARS Equestrian Tryon International CCI4*-L. Most recently, they finished fifth at the Maryland International CCI3*-S. But what is Contendro like at home? A bit of a donkey, turns out! Go behind the stall door to learn more. [Behind The Stall Door with C’est La Vie]
Strides for Equality Equestrians is offering a second round of the Ever So Sweet Scholarship (ESS) this fall, and applications close on October 15 so be sure to get yours in! The purpose of the scholarship is to provide education, experience, and networking opportunities for diverse young people interested in careers in competitive horse sports, particularly in the disciplines of eventing or show jumping. To learn more about ESS, click here.
The USEF Amateur Task Force is requesting your valuable feedback on several USEF Amateur Rule changes under consideration by the USEF Amateur Task Force. This survey addresses the first phase of rule changes developed to address member feedback received by the task force and to achieve the goals of providing more access, flexibility, and opportunity for amateurs and increased participation in the sport. It closes at the end of the day today! [Take The USEA Survey]
It is championship season and Area VI held their annual Area Championships Copper Meadows. Championships classes were offered at the Beginner Novice, Novice, Training, and Preliminary level. All championship divisions competed separate dressage tests from the regular horse trial entries and there were several additional cross-country questions on the championship tracks. Winners received an embroidered cooler from Professionals Choice, a leather halter from Elston Hay and Grain, a Fleeceworks gift certificate, a Ride On Video gift certificate, an Equestrian Habits prize, a free equine massage courtesy of CJ Equine Massage, and a set of Scrubbies from the Scoring Chix. Following the weekend’s battle royale,the USEA caught up with the riders who rose to the top to gather their thoughts! [Rider Reflections on Area VI Championships]
Stable View getting ready for Oktoberfest!
Never underestimate the power of trotting jumps with young horses!