Tuesday News and Notes from Cavalor

Colleen Rutledge kicks Doug Payne's butt at pool. Photo courtesy of Brian Rutledge Colleen Rutledge kicks Doug Payne's butt at pool. Photo courtesy of Brian Rutledge

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and this one is no different. Proving that she is a tough competitor in more than just eventing, Colleen Rutledge thoroughly kicked Doug Payne’s butt at pool in Aiken. When this photo was taken, she was up 10 games. Get ’em, girl!

Events Opening Today: Riga Meadow Combined Test (CT, A-1), MCTA H.T., Inc (MD, A-2), Heart of the Carolinas H.T. (SC, A-3), Poplar Place Farm May H.T. (GA, A-3), CIC2*/CCI1* Weatherford and Greenwood Farm, Inc. Horse Trials (TX, A-5), Penny Oaks H.T. (IN, A-8)

Events Closing Today: The Fork CIC3*/CIC2*/CIC1* & HT (NC, A-2), CDCTA Spring Horse Trials I (VA, A-2), Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (GA, A-3), Spring Bay H.T. (KY, A-8)

News and Notes: 

Check out Area IV’s Online Auction: From entries to horse trials, riding lessons, a breeding, lots of fun products and other amazing opportunities, Area IV’s annual online silent auction is not to be missed! Proceeds from the auction benefit the area. [Area IV Silent Auction]

EN Previews Rolex 2015 on HITM: Eventing Nation’s fearless leader Jenni Autry joined Jamie and Glenn on Horses In The Morning to make some Rolex picks, unveil details about EN’s highly anticipated 3rd annual Rolex Tailgate Party, and chat about the ongoing safety debate. Tune in at the 1 hour marker (right after the song): [HITM]

Researchers perplexed by unique equine osteoporosis: Silicate-associated osteoporosis (SAO) is a disease affecting horses in areas of California with high levels of silica dioxide. When horses inhale silica dioxide, they can contract chronic lung disease and severe osteoporosis for which there is no known cure. Researchers at UC Davis hope to uncover the mechanism that causes the bone disease, and how it is associated with the lung disease. [Horsetalk]

Pennsylvania State Police seeks “a few good horses”: The Pennsylvania Mounted Patrol Unit is looking for donations of a few geldings between 5 and 15 years old and 16 to 18 hands high, preferably drafts and draft crosses. These horses will be taken on a 90-day trial period, during which their health, dispositions and suitability will be tested. Do you have a horse destined to serve and protect the public? Contact Corporal Michael Fun at [email protected] [We Are Central PA]

Access Adventure designs and builds wheelchair-accessible carriages: And the award for most awesome idea of the year goes to Michael Muir, who designed and created a wheelchair-accessible horse-drawn carriage. “I’ve lived with multiple sclerosis since I was 15 years old,” Muir said; horses have helped him cope with his disease, and he hopes that he can in turn help others. His company, Access Adventure, is a free therapeutic riding and driving program that assists people with physical disabilities and psychological disorders such as PTSD. [MyFoxPhilly]