One of my favorite post-Halloween activities (aside from buying embarrassing amounts of discount candy and eating it all within 24 hours, that is) is flipping through Instagram to see what everyone dressed up as this year. My 22-year-old self held a major grudge against Halloween for many years as it very often came into conflict with my birthday, and I’ve also never been much of a costume-wearer — so I prefer to spend my days living vicariously through my various more extroverted friends. Honestly, I think Cruella deVille gets my vote as favorite costume this year — and really, who doesn’t love a horse dressed as a Dalmation to go along with it?
Events Closing This Week:
Are you thinking of shopping at this year’s Goresbridge “Go For Gold” Select Event Horse Sale? One uniquely beneficial aspect of this one-stop shop of a sale is that all horses have full settings and x-rays, in addition to photos, videos and a live preview before the sale, available. X-rays for all horses offered at this year’s Go For Gold sale, including three views of each horse’s dorsal spinous processes, are now online and you can preview the catalog here.
After its first season, the newly-appointed Adequan/USEF Eventing Youth Team Challenge will host its East and West coast finals at Tryon and Galway Downs. Equestrian Canada has named seven riders who will be competing at the 1* and 2* championships at Tryon next weekend — find out who will be representing our northern neighbors here.
Equestrian Australia’s Penny Dow knows a thing or two about horse welfare. Both an experienced veterinarian as well as an FEI official, Penny was a part of the task force tapped to ensure conditions at the Tokyo Olympics this past summer were suitable for the equine athletes. In this interview with the FEI, Penny reflects on the Olympics and the progression of horse welfare throughout her career.
Need to get a head start on your holiday shopping? SmartPak has everything your heart could desire (and has a nifty wishlist option that comes in handy come holiday season, just sayin’!) — and they’re officially getting into the holiday spirit with a 15% off sale! Just use code Holiday21 to collect your savings.
What are some things to keep in mind as you consider fitness and conditioning in the winter? Sure, it’s getting toward the competitive off-season, but if you’re anything like me, you’re already planning months ahead for what’s to come. Here are some useful tips for riding and training as the weather cools down.
Tuesday Video Break:
I’m definitely still having TerraNova FOMO, so this helmet cam from Elisa Wallace and her mustang, Eton, helped: