Thursday Reader from Devoucoux

A snow plow moving HAIL off the road, yesterday in Colorado. A snow plow moving HAIL off the road, yesterday in Colorado.

Yep, that’s right, the above photo comes to us from reader Louisa McGarty, who says that out in Colorado, they’re still having a very stormy and strange spring. It is the end of May!! Dear Colorado weather: get it together, it’s almost legitimate summer time and you should probably keep the hail storms to a minimum. Check out these photos of the crazy storm that hit Denver yesterday.

In other news, dressage at Saumur starts today! We do have to wait until tomorrow to get our U.S. riders out showing off, but you can still keep up with all the happenings via their very active Facebook, Youtube and Instagram accounts. Despite the language barrier, the folks at Saumur try very hard to keep us up to date. There’s also a teeny tiny live stream here.

Saumur Links: [Website] [Entries] [Live Scores] [Saumur FB] [Saumur YouTube] [Instagram] [Schedule]

Events This Weekend:

Virginia CIC2*/CCI* and H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Times]

May-Daze at the Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

The Spring Event at Woodside [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

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

Flora Lea Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Mystic Valley Hunt Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Coconino Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

Paradise Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Equestrians Institute H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

News From Around The Globe:

SmartPak announced this morning that its board of directors approved a majority investment in the company by Henry Schein Animal Health, bringing together two companies focused on creating innovative solutions that support animal health. [More on the Acquisition]

After almost four years out of the spotlight, injuries, scandals, and rider issues, Totilas is poised to make his comeback today in Belgium. While he hasn’t been seen at any competition since April of 2012, Totilas hasn’t performed to his previous high standard since he left rider Edward Gal. Charlotte DuJardin and Valegro are the new champions of world record breaking dressage tests, do you think Totilas can return to his former glory? [CDI3* in Kappellen, Belgium]

Do you have a really awesome thoroughbred who deserves some notice? Maybe you don’t own the horse, but you know one that you think is fabulous and want to learn more about? Any way you shake it, if you know of a badass thoroughbred, you should nominate him/her for our TB Legends series, because it’s awesome. [Email Sally!]

All this talk of California Chrome’s FLAIR nasal strips has gone worldwide, and now everybody’s talking about how awesome they are for exercise. Do horses derive any benefit from the strips, which are designed to tape open the nostrils and keep them open? The answer, it would seem, is yes. The strips have been shown to decrease pulmonary hemmorage by 50% and researchers who tested the product say that the benefits are more about the health of the equine than possible performance enhancement. Hello, we Eventers have known this for ages, get on board rest of the world! [FLAIR Strips Are Great, Say Scientists]

While we’re at it, here’s a great list of ten things you might not know about California Chrome. Such as: they almost named him “Seabisquik” (thank god that didn’t stick!) and that Chrome has two full sisters that look a whole lot like him. [Ten Things About Chrome]



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