Clearly, the course map makers and folks at CourseWalkApp.com have a sense of humor. Note Fence 18, Lost, was not, in fact, misplaced. It was actually nicely decorated with a pumpkin and a scarecrow. Oddly, the next division up last weekend at the Colorado Horse Park Fall Horse Trials wasn’t Open Nervous.
Events Opening Today: Pine Top Thanksgiving H.T. (Georgia, A-3)
Events Closing Today: Full Gallop Farm H.T. ( South Carolina, A-3), Galway Downs International Three-Day Event & H.T. (California, A-6), Pine Hill Fall H.T. (Texas, A-V), Rocking Horse H.T. (Florida, A-3), The Virginia CCI1*, CIC2* and H.T. (Virginia, A-3).
Nobody likes a kid with a pony. (Pardon the irresistible “Seinfeld” pony remark reference). Of course we love pony kids. Some of the luckier among us were pony kids. The Washington Post features a few on their kiddie page, including a fifth-grade Shetland Pony Steeplechase jockey conditioning his steed, Phunny, and a teenaged vaulter on the road with Cavalia’s “Odyesseo.” [Washington Post].
Happy National Veterinary Technician Week. Surely, Hallmark makes a card. Or give yours something more substantial in appreciation as they certainly don’t get paid what they’re worth. [NAVTA]
Grim tallies grow in South Dakota. Carnage from the blizzard continues to reveal itself as members of the horse community take stock. The Quarter Horse News tells a gutwrenching story of a father and daughter riding out to count dead cattle. [Quarter Horse News] Read more about the blizzard’s effect on the horse industry on Horsenation.com. Help South Dakota ranchers and horse people here, search “Rancher Relief Fund.”
Got your flu shot? Your horse’s flu shot, that is. Wondering if your horse is at risk for equine influenza? Now there’s an app for that. The free Equine Influenza Calculator app from Zoetis uses your environmental and economic factors to determine your horse’s risk of contracting the virus. [thehorse.com]
Yearling filly breaks record. Relax, they’re not racing them that young. The filly, a daughter of 2001 Epsom Derby winner Galileo, broke the sales record when Qatari Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani paid $8.3 million for her at the annual Tattersalls bloodstock auction in the U.K. [Bloomberg]
SmartPak Product of the Day: The sun setting on your hacks? Slap on a few fluorescent reflective bands and be sure to be seen by drivers, bikers, joggers and whoever else you wouldn’t like to run into. Adjustable velcro means you can wear them where you’d like – arms, ankles, even around your horse’s boots.
Video of the Day: It seemed every cross country jump at Boekelo was a short stumble from a Grolsch beer tent. Well, we Americans have our beer too. And horses to fetch it.