Tuesday News and Notes from Pennfield

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Hawley Bennett and her trusty mount watching David teaching in Mexico
Hola! Como esta(s)? And that is about all I’ve got. Not only do I hardly know any Spanish (despite 6 years of it in school), I don’t know how to add the correct punctuation. So for that reasoning, I will stick to English. As John mentioned, he is in route to Atlanta. From there he will be headed straight to Mexico. Personally, I hope John comes back with gifts for all. Maybe a sombrero and Mexico’s finest tequila. Wishful thinking. Either way, I am sure the chinchillas will enjoy Mexico. After all, they are dust bath lovers. 
Nancy Jaffer has done a wonderful postcard for Fair Hill. Nancy discusses the stories behind these horse and rider combinations. In addition, there is wonderful voice overs you can listen to. Each of the riders in the top 3 have a story of the struggles to get where they are this fall. Nancy does a lovely job illustrating these stories as well as giving us words directly from the riders. [Postcard 2011FHI]
Doug Payne blogged about his time at FHI. From getting up early Wednesday to make it there on time, to riding in the pouring rain. Doug had two horses in the CCI***. Running Order and High Society. Although his relationship with High Society is a young one, together they proved to be a great combination. Setting out second on the XC, High Society, or “Trevor” as he is known, was at a great advantage. He got to gallop on the better ground of the the 3*. Not only is this better for the horses legs, it is better for the stamina. The more torn up the ground, the harder it is on the horses. Be sure to check out Doug’s blog for pictures, video, and far more details about his FHI experience. [DPEquestrian
Well the US has done it! The US Dressage team won their fourth consecutive team gold medal at the Pan Ams on Sunday. Monday, in the first half of the individual competition, US riders swept the medal position and head into the next round Wednesday in great position. [USA]
German newspapers have reported that Rath will not be aiming Totilas towards the upcoming FEI World Cup series. All of Rath’s efforts will be focused on London. Not wanting Totilas to peak to early, Rath will give him an easier winter before spring competitions. [London bound]
Tina Cook’s father, Josh Gifford, is in intensive care after developing septicemia. Gifford, who is in critical care, is making progress each day and now breathing on his own. Eventing Nation would like to extend their thoughts and prayers to the Gifford family during this hard time. [Josh Gifford
This week in Kentucky is the Hagyard Midsouth Three Day Event. A personal favorite of mine! This year, they are expecting record entries in Kentucky (600 entries). With fantastic weather, the track is looking good for all the horses and riders. As always, stay tuned to EN for more coverage. Lucky for us, Samantha Clark will be on site. [Misdsouth
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After Amber Kimball began feeding her mount Pennfield, she noticed a change. A horse who was once a bit high strung was suddenly changed. He was sane. He was FOCUSED. When Pennfield hear Amber’s story, they decided to launch a new ad campaign- a contest to find the “word” of each Pennfield fan. Amber’s word was FOCUSED. What’s yours?…..

The contest, to run through early 2012, will gather entries at both PennfieldEquine.com and on Pennfield Equine Feed Technologies’ Facebook page. Respondents are invited to sum up their own personal Pennfield difference in one word, and then write their story. The best entries will win a year’s worth of feed (one ton) for one horse, plus a professional photo shoot and the chance to be featured in a 2012 ad for Pennfield.

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