Wednesday News and Notes from MDBarnmaster

Meika Decher kills it with Cochlear in this authentic Meika Decher kills it with Cochlear in this authentic "Prelim Packer" costume. Photo courtesy of Meika Decher.

The FEI season in North America is officially over, and all over Facebook I see riders taking a deep breath. November is a great time to recharge, and enjoy all the fun pictures from Halloween and (apparently) the advent of Christmas songs and decorations. Before we get too deep into the holiday season, take a look at this awesome Halloween picture from Polestar Farm.

North American Weekend Preview:

Poplar Place Farm November H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status]

FEI Global Weekend Preview:

National One Day Event Championships (NZL) CIC1/2/3*  [Entries]

Ravenna (ITA) CIC1/2/3* [Website] [Entries]

Newlin Township’s troubles are still unresolved. The unpopular zoning ordinance passed, despite largely negative opinions from residents. Where does that leave Newlin farms? The situation is still unsettled, and there doesn’t yet seem to be a good solution. [Newlin Township Ordinance Passes]

Here’s a new illegal immigrant story. After performing in Denmark, Valegro’s groom was stopped before he and the horse could enter the tunnel to cross the English Channel. Imagine his surprise when he was told there was an illegal immigrant clinging to his chassis! [Hitching a Ride with Valegro]

Sam Griffiths was due to compete at Adelaide this weekend. Unfortunately, he came down with appendicitis and will be spending the weekend in the hospital instead. Get well soon, Sam! [Badminton Winner Undergoes Emergency Surgery]

This week on the Eventing Radio Show: Will Connell and Jolie Wentworth. This week Will Connell joins hosts Jess and Samantha to discuss his new position as USEF Director of Sport Programs, then Jolie Wentworth talks Galway and riding through pregnancy. This week’s trainer tip comes from Hawley Bennett-Awad, and Adam Stevenson discusses course design. [Eventing Radio Show]

SmartPak Product of the Day: Around this time of year, horses often are switched from night to day turnout. Some of them tend to stock up with longer hours in their stall. I like to throw the Back on Track No Bows on my horse during the transition. [SmartPak]

In honor of Adelaide, I bring you the only decent video of the cross country I could find, a helmet cam from Natalie Blundell aboard Algebra last year.

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