Thursday Reader from Devoucoux

Never gets old Never gets old

Happy Thursday, Eventing Nation! I hope you’re all hunkered down for the winter, because this weekend marks the last competitions of 2013. While winter can sometimes be great (lots of food) it can also be tough to keep yourself motivated (there’s all that food to be eaten…). We here at EN are on the job scrounging up stuff to keep you interested and laughing even when it gets dark at 3:30 in the afternoon. Never fear!

Events this Weekend:

MeadowCreek Park H.T – The Fall Social Event [Website]

Pine Top Thanksgiving H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

News from Around the Globe:

Big news for Advanced competitors in the spring of 2014: The Carolina Horse Park is introducing a CIC3* division.  To help American eventing pairs prepare and qualify for the 2014 World Equestrian Games, the Carolina Horse Park is hosting a CIC3* in addition to their late March horse trials.The horse park has been preparing for this for years and now top horse and rider combinations will be invited to test their skill over Hugh Lochore’s cross country courses. [Carolina International CIC3*]

Amerigo has just introduced a new model of stirrups, and we’re giving away a pair here on EN courtesy of our fabulous sponsor World Equestrian Brands. The stirrups, made from aluminum, feature a self-cleaning tread and an excellent grip for all types of boots. All you have to do is create your own stirrups and sending us a photo by next Monday, November 25. Our top picks will be posted and a reader’s choice poll will determine the winner. So the more creative the submission, the better your chance of winning! Click to check out more photos of the stirrups in action and further contest submission details. [Make Your Own Stirrups Contest]

Check out the PRO 2013 Leaderboards for Rider, Horse and Intermediate challenge. Buck absolutely smashed the competition with 99 points over second placed Will Coleman with 56 points and third placed Phillip Dutton with 51 points. Jan Byyny’s champion TB Inmidair won the horse division, just four points ahead of Bunnie Sexton’s Rise Against. Buck took home top honors in the Intermediate Challenge division, but this time only one point ahead of Sharon White. [PRO]

In a gesture of love, a Florida woman rescued five starving and neglected horses from an ad on Craigslist. While we make fun of the Craigslist Crazies all the time, Carol Young found an ad for a free horse and discovered on arrival that there were five horses, and all of them were on the brink of death. Like a true horsewoman, she packed them all up and saved them, taking them to Faith Equine Rescue and treating them right. [Five Horses Rescued]

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