Tuesday News & Notes from Cavalor

The drama unfolds. Screenshot of Katie Frei's Facebook album The drama unfolds. Screenshot of Katie Frei's Facebook album

If there’s anything I love more than riding my horses, it’s bargain-hunting for tack and equipment to blow my paycheck on pamper my horses. Some of my favorite finds originated on none other than the social networking behemoth Facebook, and boy did I perk up when I saw Katie Frei‘s recent uploads to a photo album aptly titled “HORSE STUFF FOR SALE.” If you’re looking for some killer deals on new, gently used, and (in some cases) previously-owned-by-Phillip-Dutton tack and clothing, check out her album and be prepared to laugh your breeches off at her spectacular descriptions and stories. Happy shopping!

Events Opening Today: GMHA Festival of Eventing August Horse Trials (Vermont, A-1), Applewood Farm YEH/FEH & Modified Eventing (New Jersey, A-2), Fair Hill International H.T. (Maryland, A-2), Otter Creek Summer H.T. (Wisconsin, A-4), The Summer Event at Woodside (California, A-6), Area VII Young Rider Benefit H.T. (Washington, A-7), Hunters Run H.T. (Michigan, A-8), Colorado Horse Park CCI2/1,T3D (June 25th, Colorado, A-9)

Events Closing Today: Cosequin Stuart H T. (New York, A-1), Huntington Farm H.T. (Vermont, A-1), Huntington Farm H.T. (Connecticut, A-1), The Maryland H.T. at Loch Moy Farm I (Maryland, A-2), Chattahoochee Hills H.T. (Georgia, A-3), Roebke’s Run H.T. (Minnesota, A-4), 38th Annual Whidbey Island H.T. (Washington, A-7), Event at Rebecca Farm (Montana, A-7), Champagne Run at the Park H.T. (Kentucky, A-8), Powder Basin H.T. (Wyoming, A-9), Coconino Summer I H.T. (Arizona, A-10)

News & Notes

You’ve got horse mail! EN’s own event horse classifieds site Sport Horse Nation is celebrating its four-year anniversary this July with the release of a brand new monthly e-newsletter! The newsletter will feature buying and selling tips from professionals in the industry as well as site updates, testimonials, success stories, and more! [Click here to sign up!]

Equestrian novelist dies at 90: Josephine Pullein-Thompson, author of pony-themed novels such as Six Ponies, passed away on June 19. In addition to a prolific writing career that also included equestrian nonfiction and adult murder mysteries, Josephine was also highly involved in Pony Club throughout her life. [Horsetalk]

Best of the blogs: No matter your discipline, Stacy Westfall is fun to watch. Her bareback and bridleless reining routines are inspirational and just plain fun. I recently discovered that in addition to personal anecdotes about her family and horses, Stacy’s blog contains endless amounts of useful training and horse management advice. [Check it out!]

British eventers must think before they post: British Eventing (BE) has enacted a social media rule for its members, making “harmful, unfairunpleasant and derogatory comments” on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks cause for disciplinary action. BE’s responses will range in formality on a “case by case” basis, and supporters of the rule hope that it will not restrict members’ freedom of speech. [Horse & Hound]

Arizona horse attacked with scalpel: Maricopa County resident Jana McDowell was horrified to learn that someone had sliced her horse’s neck, narrowly missing his jugular. She found her horse bleeding, but was able to have him stitched up before the damage became any worse. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. [Fox Phoenix]

Video of the day: Over the weekend, I hosted a photo shoot at Woodloch Stable in Hugo, MN – friends and their horses posed for the photographer in my handmade “Do Or Do Knot” Rope Halters, modeling the creations for my website. Some horses enjoyed “getting their GQ on,” whereas others weren’t as enthused. PJ, this adorable little gelding, was about to take a nap, so we recruited my friend Nancy to convince PJ to look perky. Please excuse my giggle-snorting and shaky camerawork.

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