Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

We all find ways to entertain ourselves on hack and trot days. I’ve been notorious for belting out the lyrics to “All-Star” by Smash Mouth or testing how well I know the songs from Hamilton. Spoiler alert: my voice is not the best. But the horses don’t seem to mind. Still, Maya Black juggling on a hack is next level.

National Holiday:  Johnny Appleseed Day

Major Events This Week:

Stable View CIC & HT: WebsiteEntry StatusRide TimesScheduleEQTV Live StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

University of New Hampshire H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Larkin Hill H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

ESDCTA New Jersey H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Jump Start H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes

The American Trakehner Association is hosting their 2018 convention at the Tryon International Equestrian Center on November 7-11.  Also ongoing will be the Young Horse Show Series, mare and stallion inspections, educational sessions, a mare performance test, brandings, a jumping derby, a dressage clinic and a welcome reception and awards banquet. [ATA Convention]

Speaking of the dressage clinic at ATA, that will come from none other than Silva Martin herself. Silva is not just the secret behind Boyd’s dressage success, she’s a top level dressage competitor in her own right, having ridden for the U.S. in a Nations Cup. She’s also produced top performances at various top level competitions like Devon, GAIG Finals, and CBLM Finals. [Silva Martin Bio] [Silva Martin Clinic Details]

So a horse walks into a bar….No, really. At a bar in England called The Oak, owner Martin and bartender Lizzy were having a normal day when someone noticed a New Forrest pony had wandered in and was standing casually at the end of the bar. After being ushered out the door, it returned ten minutes later…this time with some friends. [Thirsty Ponies]

Attwood Wisdom of the Week: Let the Water Run Out

No doubt about it this has been a rainy summer for most of the East Coast, and fall is turning out to be much of the same. But no matter where you live, we have all seen the negative effects of too much rain on a poorly constructed arena.

An arena’s drainage system is your first line of defense when the skies open up. Every outdoor should have the minimum of at least one designed French drain INSIDE the arena. Why inside? So that the water does not have to go under or over kickboards to drain away, washing away your footing creating gullies and puddles.

Designing your drainage system is as important as the choice of footing you put in your arena. Ideally your drainage system should let the water leave in a steady consistent manner.

The drainage system should reflect the use of the arena. If the arena cannot have any downtime, more drainage should be incorporated which translates into more maintenance of the footing. More watering and more dragging ensures the footing stays in tip-top shape.

There are always trade offs in creating a perfect riding surface. That’s why riders like Phillip Dutton and Boyd Martin turn to Attwood for their expertise and scientifically proven formulas.

Want to know more about the most advanced footing solutions on the market today please call Attwood Equestrian Surfaces at 888-461-7788.