We couldn’t help bringing back this shot of jockey A.P. McCoy on Dr. Livingstone resplendent in Christmas sweaters, er, jumpers. The horse was painted as part of the U.K. Jockey Club’s interactive advent calendar that they ran online leading up to Christmas last year. Livingstone’s sweater was the least itchy Christmas sweater ever.
Events Opening today: Poplar Place Farm January H.T. (Georgia, A-3)
Australia and the international eventing community mourn the loss of Jim Dunn, former Australian eventing selector chairman and Chef d’Equipe to the Australian Eventing team when the Aussies won gold on home turf at the 2000 Olympics. Among many accolades, he received the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to equestrian sport. Dunn died after a long illness at the age of 67. [horsetalk]
What are you waiting for? You’ve only got until midnight tonight to send a selfie of you and your horse for a chance to win a pair of breeches from the Tredstep Ireland Symphony collection. We’ll pick our top 10 favorite selfies, then you’ll get to vote on three winners who will receive brand new breeches. Hey, even if you don’t win, you can use that selfie as a holiday card pic. Send your best to [email protected]
Need a $20,400 saddle to decorate your home? You’re in luck! Hermes offers a miniature, arty version of the Steinkraus saddle in grass green Niloticus crocodile leather (which is clearly far superior to regular old crocodile leather) complete with a cool nickel-plated support that suspends the creation above your coffee table, or wherever you choose to display a $20,400 mini-saddle. [hermes]
Andrew Nicholson defends fellow Kiwi Jock Paget in this news clip from New Zealand. He says he’s confident Paget did not act intentionally and says the incident’s a warning to riders who rely on feed manufacturers to test the food their horses ingest. Nicholson also talks about being a bit in the shadow of the Olympic bling of other riders. The interview was conducted in the “Mark Todd Room ” at the Australian High Performance Sport offices. [3news]
But what do they dream about? Thehorse.com has a nifty feature explaining equines’ built-in “sleep apparatus” and how it works. Horses don’t need as much REM sleep as other animals, though no one’s sure exactly how much they require. In all, experts say horses probably need about four and half hours of sleep, total, each night. The rest of the time they plot how to take off one another’s blankets. [thehorse]
Who moonwalks like no other and rocks a Christmas sweater like a shaggy champ? Socks, the Shetland pony! Admired by millions when his online dancing video went viral earlier this year, the pony’s back in a new version of the ad. “We are delighted to see that he is once again showing off not just his dance moves and new Fair Isle knitwear, but also the spectacular scenery of this unique and magical part of the world,” said Steve Mathieson of VisitScotland. [express.co.uk]
SmartPak Product of the Day: You’re probably still savoring those Thanksgiving leftovers. But what did your horse get for the holiday? Maybe not even a day off. Make it up to him with his own special feast: Equine Edible’s Bran Mash – Old Time Recipe. It’s super easy, even for the culinarily challenged–just add water. It’s like instant oatmeal packs for horses, but probably tastes better. With peppermint, white willow bark and yucca it’s a natural remedy for aches and pains. Plus your pony will have lovely breath.
Video of the Day:
If this lovely little movie by Rebecca Manley doesn’t warm you heart, you probably don’t have one.