Well, it’s Thanksgiving week, and that means spending time with loved ones (two-legged and four-legged, if possible) and showing our gratitude for all of the important things in our lives. That, and eating lots of food. I think my gelding Griffin treats every day like Thanksgiving – his chipper attitude and voracious appetite fit right in with the festive feelings of the holiday!
Events Opening Today: Ocala Horse Properties Winter I H.T. (FL, A-3)
News and Notes:
EN Contest time! Want to win a Tipperary T2 Helmet? Show EN your creativity by building a turkey (the more insane, the better)! Email us a photo of your creation by midnight EST on Friday, Nov 28 for a chance to win! [EN Thanksgiving Contest]
2015 Rolex prize money increased: The hosts of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event announced that next spring’s competition will feature a whopping $300,000 in prize money to split between the top finishers, jumping up from $250,000 last year. Event sponsors Rolex Watch USA and Land Rover North America made the increase possible. To read more about Rolex 2015 and to buy tickets to the event, visit [The Chronicle of the Horse]
Hair follicle tests to help racetrack control doping: Los Alamitos Race Course in California will enact a policy starting in May that introduces hair follicle testing on Quarter Horse futurity and derby qualifiers to thwart the use of clenbuterol in racehorses. [Horsetalk]
Goodbye, Budweiser Clydesdales (maybe?): Anheuser-Busch recently announced that its beloved Clydesdales will no longer be as prominent in upcoming Budweiser ads, as they ramp up commercials geared more toward 20-somethings, which apparently involves Jay-Z and “grabbing a Bud with friends.” While I don’t have any issues with either of those concepts, I don’t see any reason why the Clydesdales can’t remain central to Budweiser’s ad campaign. Possibly sensing the public’s disgruntled reactions, Anheuser-Busch amended its announcement by reassuring us that the Clydesdales will still be around, though in a less-prominent role. [Fortune]
SmartPak Product of the Day: No-Stirrup November is almost over – can you feel it? I can’t wait to start using my new Compositi Premium Stirrup Irons! The high-tech polymer makes these stirrups lightweight and durable, and the extra pop of color on the flexible foot treads makes them both fashionable and comfortable. The price tag is also to die for – at under $30, you can order a pair for yourself and as a stocking-stuffer for your equestrian friend!