Tuesday News & Notes from Ocala Horse Properties

I loved this Instagram post from Jennie Brannigan, who has a long relationship with Nina and Tim Gardner, who themselves are legendary supporters of our sport through ownership, sporthorse breeding, sponsorship, and mentorship. Tim even showed up for the 4-year-old Starspangled (spoiler alert: you might want to keep an eye or both on this one! “Cali” is another homebred of the Gardners and is a half-sister to Twilightslastgleam on the sire side and is out of former Advanced mare — piloted by Jennie — I Bella) and her eventing debut at Waredaca this weekend. What a star! Our sport is lucky to have such incredible owners — be sure to thank one today!

Events Open This Week

Full Gallop Farm Jingle Bells H.T. (SC)

Events Closing Today

Tryon International Three-Day Event (NC); Horse Trials at Majestic Oaks (FL); River Glen Fall H.T. (TN)

Tuesday News & Reading

It’s auction season! If you’re in the market for a quality horse with the potential to save a few dollars, there are quite a few auctions hosted in the fall and winter primarily in the UK and Europe (personally, I’d love to see a sale like this here in the U.S.! Who’s with me?). One auction, the Sovereign Auction of sport horse foals and embryos, is hosted online and this year features a full sibling to Ros Canter’s World Championships partner, Lordships Graffalo. [More on the auction]

Golden Spike Horse Trials in Utah is in danger of losing access to its venue. We’ll have a full news story coming later this morning, but for now it would be greatly helpful, if you’re in the area, if you took a moment to fill out a survey, which helps inform the county that there is feasibility and interest in continuing to host events at the venue. Today is the final day to submit responses. [Take the survey]

Ok, I know I’m going to ignite a debate here, but I have to know: hay on the ground or hay in a net for your horse? I’ve fed both ways but generally favor on the ground feeding to a low hay net, for obvious reasons. Now a veterinarian weighs in on the pros and cons of each style. [Ask Your Vet: Hay Feeding]

Jacob Fletcher took home his second 4*-S win of the year this weekend at TerraNova. For him, it’s been all about consistency as he’s worked up the levels with Fabian. This weekend? Proof in the pudding that this consistency pays off. [Jacob Fletcher Trusts the Process]

Sponsor Corner

IDK, I think you’d have to pay me to leave home if this was it…

#TrainingTipTuesday Video Break

Something fun to work on this winter: balance on landing. Cathy Wieschhoff is here to help: