Thursday News & Notes Presented by Stable View

Diet is going well. Photo by Gail Smith.

Is there anything more satisfying than seeing a horse in your care explode into dapples? My personal horse is currently having a really good dapple season, and I’ve got to take photos of him just because I feel somehow personally responsible for how pretty he looks. Maybe it’s just me being slightly neurotic, but I’m always obsessed with getting my horses super glossy and silky soft, and if I can get dapples I’m positively delighted. Also why I keep buying plain bays, because otherwise this isn’t possible.

Major International Events:

Longines Luhmühlen: Website, EN’s Form Guide, Entries, Timing & Scoring, CCI5* Friday Dressage Ride Times, CCI4* Thursday Dressage Ride Times, CCI4* Friday Dressage Ride TimesCCI4* Live ScoresLive Stream, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Instagram, EN’s Twitter

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Flora Lea Farm YEH and Mini Trial (Medford, Nj.): [Website] [Entry Status]

Full Gallop Farm June H.T. (Aiken, Sc.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Volunteer]

Honey Run H.T. (Ann Arbor, Mi.): [Website] [Ride Times]

Horse Park of New Jersey H.T. (Allentown, Nj.): [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Kent School Spring H.T. (Kent, Ct.): [Website] [Entry Status]

Shepherd Ranch Pony Club H.T. (Santa Ynez, Ca.): [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Silverwood Farm H.T. (Camp Lake, Wi.): [Website] [Volunteer]

News From Around the Globe:

Andy Kocher has received a ten-year ban from the FEI Tribunal regarding his use of electric shock equipment attached to his spurs. More details have been made available following the trial, including testimonies from various witnesses in the form of grooms, riders, and previous owners throughout the years associated with Kocher. His only defense was to say that the device found in numerous photos was a clicker used for positive reinforcement, and called no witnesses to his defense. [Andy Kocher Details Emerge]

Ready to learn a simple exercise to help you feel your distances instead of counting them? Riding your horse in a good balance and a good rhythm will always help, and Andrew McConnon shares a simple yet challenging exercise that he learned through both Bobby Costello and William Fox Pitt. He focuses on feeling the canter and riding it to help each individual horse stay straight and forward, rather than aiming for a specific distance by counting strides. [How to Feel Strides Instead of Count Them]

Our horses and sport provide us with an endless array of amazing opportunities and experiences, but sadly our brains are sometimes really good at thinking really bad things. Even though we love our horses, riding peers, classes, and competitions; our thoughts don’t always match the greatness of our experiences. Sometimes we just get stuck thinking bad things when good things are happening. The next time your thoughts and emotions don’t match the greatness of your experiences give the following three-part positive-thinking tip a try. [Daniel Stewart’s Brain Babble]

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