Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

Holly Payne's ride Never OutFoxed enjoys some R&R after a great performance at Carolina this weekend. Photo via Holly on Facebook. Holly Payne's ride Never OutFoxed enjoys some R&R after a great performance at Carolina this weekend. Photo via Holly on Facebook.

The days following a big event are almost as important as the event itself. It’s a good time to take inventory of where you are in comparison to where you started: is your horse more educated and experienced from the previous weekend? Are you making progress on your goals, or are you needing to step back and work on some basics? How about health? Is your horse as sound as he was before the event?

There are many questions to ask as you leg up for your next competition. It’s the never ending cycle of the pursuit of perfection — perfection that never comes, yet that we keep chasing — and the true “insanity” in which we all live on a daily basis.

That said, it’s still perfectly acceptable to take a day to just take a breath, look around, relax and enjoy this crazy life that is eventing! Go ahead, you earned it.

Events Opening This Week:

Hitching Post Farm Horse Trials (VT, A-1) Virginia CCI/CIC & H.T. (VA, A-2), Mill Creek Pony Club H.T. at Longview (MO, A-4) Jersey Fresh International Three-day Event (NJ, A-2) Galway Downs Spring H.T. (CA, A-6) WindRidge Farm Horse Trials (NC, A-2) IEA Horse Trials, Classic Training & Novice 3-Day Event (IN, A-8),  Winona Horse Trials (OH, A-8) Plantation Field May Horse Trials (PA, A-2) Woodland Stallion Station H.T. (CA, A-6)

Events Closing Today:

St. Johns H.T. (AZ, A-10) Ocala Horse Properties International 3-Day Festival of Eventing (FL, A-3) Plantation Field April Horse Trials (PA, A-2) FENCE H.T. (SC, A-3) Ocala Horse Properties International 3-Day Festival of Eventing (FL, A-3) Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (KY, A-8), Twin Rivers Spring Three-Day Event & H.T. (CA, A-6)

News & Notes:

We’re pleased to announce a new partnership with Mythic Landing Enterprises, which offers an array of professional services to help businesses succeed. Our knowledgeable, creative, and resourceful team specializes in communications, marketing, business management, and event planning. Based in the heart of Maryland, we support U.S. and international clients ranging from one-person start-ups to nationally recognized associations. Our mission is to take your business to the next level! To learn more about “MLE,” visit www.mythiclanding.com or e-mail [email protected].

Weekly Business Tip from Mythic Landing Enterprises: Most business owners consider a business plan something the size of an old telephone book that sits on a shelf gathering dust. That’s no longer the case. A business plan is there to serve as a template to guide you in your decision-making for your business. Whether you simply teach lessons on the weekends or have a full-scale boarding operation, if part of your regular income comes from your horse habit, you should have a business plan. And just because you’ve been teaching for forever, or have always worked at the family farm, it’s never too late to create a business plan.

What exactly goes into evaluating past injuries in OTTBs (or any horse, for that matter)? This new blog on the Retired Racehorse Project provides some insight on things to keep in mind when taking a look a potential new horse. There is always plenty to remember and ask about during your horse shopping experience! [Makeover Trainer Talk: Evaluating Past Injuries]

Samshield has recalled all helmets in France following reports of failed safety testing. Not much other information is available at the moment, but this appears to have affected only helmets within the French market — nonetheless, an important story to keep an eye on. [Samshield Recalls French Helmets]

Hot on Jumper Nation: Did you know that in addition to the latest stories from the jumper ring, we also keep an eye on what is coming up this season for you? We’re constantly finding new events and attractions for the jumper crowd, and you can check out this great preview of the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival here. Looks fun — who’s up for checking it out? [Great Lakes Equestrian Festival]

Tuesday Video:

Now THIS is how you spend the Easter holiday!

Thank you to Phyllis Dawson for sharing how the Windchase team spent the Easter holiday: with a Gambler’s Choice Easter Egg Grab! This totally needs to be an Easter tradition for eventers. We love it!

Posted by Eventing Nation on Monday, March 28, 2016