Tuesday News and Notes from Cavalor

Dave Taylor riding Sauvignon Bai. Dave Taylor riding Sauvignon Bai.

Yesterday I was able to be the second person to sit on what is hopefully a future upper-level event horse. Sauvignon Bai (AKA Sallie), is a 3-year-old Oldenburg homebred mare (bred by Victoria Carson of Flying Chesterfield Farm) that I’ve known since she was a sparkle in her sire’s eye.

Knowing a horse since day one, watching them grow, seeing them develop and finally getting to sit on them is simply amazing. It is an electric feeling to get the opportunity to sit on such and amazing horse after only 30 days under saddle. My mental high from the experience, and the thought that this mare may be something truly special, has me smiling from ear to ear hours days later. Watch out Rolex, here we come.

Events Opening Today:  Fresno County Horse Park Horse Trials (CA, A-6),  Ocala Horse Properties Fall Event (FL, A-3),  River Glen Fall H.T. (TN, A-3),  Full Moon Farms H.T. (MD, A-2)

Events Closing this Week:  The Virginia CCI1*, CIC2* and H.T. (VA, A-2),  Galway Downs International Event & H.T. (CA, A-6), Fresno County Horse Park Horse Trials (CA, A-6)

New Team Member at Windurra. Today upper level eventer, Erin Freedman, announced that she has joined Boyd Martin’s team. To make sure she stays busy, Erin will also be riding for Pam Liddell at Kynynmont Farms. Erin relocates from Northern Virginia with her three-star event horse Viola. Good luck to Erin and Viola. [Erin Freedman Moves to Pennsylvania]

Feed Recall in California and Arizona. Western Milling LLC has made a voluntary recall of its Western Blend Horse Feed. 1,100 fifty pound bags are included in this recall, Lot 5251, that may have been contaminated with Monensin. Please be alert and check your feed bags if you feed Western Blend Horse Feed. [Manufacturer Recalls Potentially Contaminated Horse Feed]

Win a Personalized Clinic with Boyd and Silva. Would you like to the chance to win a clinic for you and nine of your friends with the Martin’s? Dressage Today and Practical Horseman are offering you the chance to win just that. Fill out the entry online, include a mini essay on why you deserve this unique opportunity, and you could be the chosen one. [Win a Day With Boyd and Silva Contest]

Keeping That Baby Soft Skin. As equestrians we spend countless hours in the sun. If we want to avoid that leather like skin when we hit social security age, make sure you take care of the skin you were born with. Remember sunscreen, wear UV-protectant clothing, wear a hat, moisturize, and stay on top of changes in your skin. Don’t look 70 when your turn 30, take care of what you have before its too late. [Caring for Your Skin as an Equestrian]

Poppy Seeds are to Blame. The FEI has exonerated Steve Guerdat and Alessandra Bichsel after failed drug test at La Baule. The FEI has said the positive drug tests were caused by poppy seed contaminated feed. No sanctions will apply to either rider other than the automatic disqualification of their horses at La Baule. [Swiss Riders Exonerated]

Tuesday Video:

Ever wonder how Horseware Ireland makes such great rugs? Well it seems that they have a team of specialists helping out and everyone at Horseware is thrilled to have them aboard, even Andrea Quinn.