Countless humans across the nation are dealing with winter blues, but these two horses seem to be having a blast in the snow. EN reader Melissa Adamo writes, “These pictures were taken on a day when the temps were in the low 30s and I could give my 4-year-old Thoroughbred gelding Ty and 3-year-old Thoroughbred mare Lulu a few hours wearing no rugs. Being the youngsters they are, they played with each other for about 2 hours; rearing, bucking, nipping. They had a blast as they are best friends. We are all looking very forward to spring, since the temps have dipped as low as -22 degrees at night for several nights. Not fun!”
Thank you for sharing, Melissa! Think spring, and Go Eventing.
Events Opening Today: Plantation Field H.T. (PA, A-2), Ocala Horse Properties International 3-Day Festival of Eventing (FL, A-3), FENCE H.T. (SC, A-3), Pine Hill Spring H.T. (TX, A-5), Twin Rivers Spring H.T. (CA, A-6), Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (KY, A-8)
Events Closing Today: Pine Top Spring Horse Trials (GA, A-3), MeadowCreek Park – The Spring Social Event (TX, A-5), Copper Meadows H.T. (CA, A-6)
News and Notes:
Please help Missy Ransehousen: After losing her car, living quarters coach, and virtually all of her material possessions in a horrific fire, Missy Ransehousen is in immediate need of clothing, breeches, boots, and shoes. All clothing can be mailed directly to her in Florida at 653 W. Highway 316, Citra, FL 32113. Any questions can be directed to Lisa Thomas, who is spearheading the recovery efforts, at [email protected]. [Missy Ransehousen’s Camper, Car Go Up in Flames]
Kelly Felicijan’s barn and five horses lost in a fire: Eventers around the country are rallying behind Ohio eventer Kelly Felicijan, who was the victim of a tragic barn fire on February 18th. Her barn, as well as the five horses and other animals inside and two trucks, were lost in the blaze. While nothing can replace her horses’ lives, Kelly and her boyfriend Jake Williams plan to rebuild Morgan Valley Sport Horses; please consider donating what you can to Kelly’s YouCaring fund. [The Chronicle of the Horse] [Kelly Felicijan’s YouCaring fundraiserLiz]
Liz Halliday-Sharp has availability at Horsepower Equestrian in northwest Ocala for training, lessons and more! The state-of-the-art facility has top class stabling, a purpose built dressage arena with mirrors, a large jumping arena and a grass arena. There is also a six-horse walker, multiple fields and more than 100 acres for riding. Contact Liz at 858-504-1151 or [email protected].
Are you in need of a working student? We’re preparing a fresh list of Working Student Listings for the upcoming season, so if you’d like us to include your position, please send a description and contact information to [email protected]. Our winter listings post was wildly successful! [Working Students Winter Listings]
Windfall Trophy to honor US eventing stallions: A new annual award for US stallions has been named in honor of Windfall, Timothy Holekamp’s Trakehner stallion who will be officially retired at this year’s Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event. The Windfall Trophy will be awarded to the USEA-registered stallion with the most leaderboard points at Prelim and above. [Horsetalk]
Saddle fitter receives BETA Lifetime Achievement award: Ken Lyndon-Dykes, a pioneer in the field of saddle fitting and a former international-level eventer, was awarded the British Equestrian Trade Associaton’s (BETA) prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. After a horrific flying accident left him in a wheelchair, Ken became a prolific saddle producer and helped develop the curriculum for the prestigious Society of Master Saddlers (SMS) program. Congratulations, Ken! Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for the horse industry. [Horsetalk]