Sometimes you make your horse have an impromptu photoshoot and tell them that they are soooo handsome! With all the madness in the world, the barn becomes even more of a sanctuary for me. As I head into two weekends of back-to-back travel for Woodside and Fair Hill, nothing is sweeter than these quiet moments.
National Holiday: National Techies Day
Events Opening This Week: Fresno County Horse Park Horse Trials (CA, A-6)
Events Closing This Week: Galway Downs International Event & H.T. (CA, A-6) The Virginia CCI* + H.T. (VA, A-2) Waredaca Classic N and T 3D Event & H.T. (MD, A-2) Tryon Riding & Hunt Club H.T. (SC, A-3) Windermere Run H.T. (MO, A-4) Pine Hill Fall H.T. (TX, A-5) Waredaca Classic N and T 3D Event & H.T.(MD, A-2) Fresno County Horse Park Horse Trials (CA, A-6) Hagyard Midsouth Three-day Event & Team Challenge H.T. (KY, A-8)
Calling all intercollegiate riders! Virginia Horse Trials is hosting a collegiate challenge at their October Horse Trials. They offer Beginner Novice through CCI2* levels for their Oct. 26-29 event. Gather a team, or get added to a scramble team. [Intercollegiate Team Challenge Added to October 26-29 Virginia Horse Trials]
Fake it until you make it. We’ve all heard the saying and it can help with the mental side of riding. If you act confident going out on cross country, sooner or later you are going to actually be confident. Daniel Stewart stresses this in his tip of the month. [Daniel Stewart’s Tip of the Month: Super Model]
It’s not every day William Fox-Pitt rides your horse in the middle of Central Park. But it did happen to Rodney and Gina Oakes when their 14-year-old Thoroughbred/Holsteiner gelding Prince Rehan stepped up as William’s catch ride for the Arena Eventing Showcase. Normally, the Oakes wouldn’t let Rehan be a catch ride because he is a quirky, spooky ride, but they made an exception for the Brit! [What It’s Like to Lend William Fox-Pitt Your Horse]
In horseback riding, there’s often a thin line between submission and abuse. To better separate these two, Korean researchers have come up with an algorithm to improve horse welfare. This will target less experienced riders through “self-coaching” to make sure the riding is done fairly to the horse even if finances restrict normal riding lessons. [Scientists Use Algorithms to Improve Ridden Horse Welfare]
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Tuesday Video: Another helmet cam! You may be especially interested to watch at 3:53 where Quantum Leap makes and epic save before splicing the out at the water!