Tuesday News and Notes from Cavalor

This is our Superbowl. Photo by Lindsey Kahn. This is our Superbowl. Photo by Lindsey Kahn.

Rolex: the most wonderful time of the year. Friends, families, and fans flock to the Kentucky Horse Park to witness elite riders and horses from across the globe tackle one of the most thrilling and challenging events in the world. While I envy my friends who get to travel to the gorgeous Bluegrass State to watch the excitement in person, I’m looking forward to watching the live stream and cheering on the riders as only a rabid fan can do.

Go Rolex. Go Eventing.

Events Opening Today: GMHA June HorseTrials (VT, A-1), Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club Spring Horse Trials  (NY, A-1), Plantation Field H.T. (PA, A-2), The Middleburg H.T. (VA, A-2), River Glen June H.T. (TN, A-3), Roebke’s Run H.T. (MN, A-4), Texas Rose Horse Park Summer H.T. (TX, A-5), Copper Meadows H.T. (CA, A-6), Arrowhead H.T. (MT, A-7), Derbyshire Farms H.T. (MI, A-8)

Events Closing Today: King Oak Farm Spring H.T. (MA, A-1), Jersey Fresh International Three-day Event (NJ, A-2), Plantation Field H.T. (PA, A-2), WindRidge Farm Horse Trials (NC, A-2), Mill Creek Pony Club H.T. at Longview (MO, A-4), Galway Downs Spring H.T. (CA, A-6), Winona Horse Trials (OH, A-8)

News and Notes: 

Do you have a friend attending Rolex this year who deserves a Tredstep Ireland Solo Collection Makeover? If so, you’ll want to check out our first ever Instagram contest! [#TredstepSoloMakeover Contest]

Congratulations to Bobbie Wiersema, the winner of our giveaway of Dubarry’s fabulous Longford boot in its new color, black/brown! [Dubarry Longford Giveaway]

Many of your fellow Eventers participated in a study from KER this spring with their new heart rate monitor system. Now, they are offering an educational talk about the findings and it’s timed perfectly for Rolex! They tracked the fitness of dozens of Eventing horses and racehorses, and the president of KER invites you to learn all about it today at 5pm. The seminar is open to the public and walk-ins are welcome! Door prizes will include an Ecogold Secure XC saddle pad, heart rate monitors, and lessons with Bruce Davidson, Buck Davidson, and Dom Schramm!  [KER Equine Fitness Seminar]

Fair Hill Volunteers Weigh In: Without our volunteers, who put in countless hours planning, jump judging, scribing, running and organizing, this sport couldn’t exist as it does today. Check out Fair Hill International’s blog to learn more about the amazing people (and dogs!) who make the event run smoothly: [How Many Volunteers Does it Take to Run a Horse Trials?]

Help Hayley Smith’s Dog Walk Again: Hayley Smith, who is an active Area II rider and the barn manager for Charlie Plumb, is reaching out for donations to help offset the veterinary bills for her dog. Eli, a 3-year-old terrier mix, was suddenly paralyzed following an accident and underwent emergency surgery; he is now in recovery and is relearning to walk. Costs for Eli’s surgery, care, and rehabilitation continue to grow, and any contribution would be greatly appreciated by Hayley and her family. [GoFundMe: Help Eli Walk]

Choosing the right studs for your horse: Horseshoe studs, that is! Horse & Hound suggests that when in doubt, understudding is safer than overstudding your horse, and that choosing the correct stud depends largely on the conditions in which you will be riding. [When Should You Use Studs on Your Horse?]