Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

The mini-ons in the Breed Show at KY Horse Park are ready for Halloween! Photo via The Kentucky Horse Park FB page. The mini-ons in the Breed Show at KY Horse Park are ready for Halloween! Photo via The Kentucky Horse Park FB page.

And cue the adorable costumes! For the next few days I expect social media will be awash with photos of kids, ponies, dogs, and drunk people dressed up as things they are not. I have to admit to having occasionally used my top hat and shadbelly as a last minute costume when something came up last second and I had no other costumes handy. It’s a handy back-up for us equestrians in a pinch. Just don’t tell anyone you actually feel more at home in your tall boots than heels.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Viriginia CCI/CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Holly Hill Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Arbitrator Robert Armstrong has ruled that Equestrian Canada must pay Jessica Phoenix $35,000 to cover the legal costs incurred during her successful appeal to earn a spot on the Canadian Olympic team with A Little Romance. [Costs Award Document]

Plantation Field is looking for volunteers for their final event of the year. On October 29th, Plantation Field will be holding their October Starter Trials, with a Halloween theme! There will be a costume contest for the volunteers, so if you haven’t got any plans, we recommend volunteering your time. [Volunteer at Plantation]

In case you haven’t heard, Big Star is, well, a big star. The 13 year-old stallion won gold in Rio with British show jumper Nick Skelton this past summer and Nick describes how his partnership with the horse came to be. Big Star has his very own groom who exclusively deals with him, the prime stall in the yard, and owners who allow Nick to compete Big Star in the most beneficial ways possible.  [How Nick Skelton and Big Star Began]

If you’d like to become a licensed official, USEA has a 2017 schedule of training for you. With the group of licensed officials shrinking, the USEA is trying to increase the pool. Training sessions are set for next year, with locations in California, Georgia, and South Carolina. [Do You Have Dreams?]

Laine Ashker will soon be coming to an area near you! At least, she will be if you live in Area III. The Training & Riding Academy of Chattanooga is hosting her for a clinic on November 12th and 13th and spots are still available at Training level and above. If you’re interested and able in participating, contact Amy Vanner at [email protected]

SmartPak Product of the Day: SmartPak is having a great sale that marks all SmartPak merchandise 20% off! It’s a great time to stock up on decent quality halters like this one. The padded leather means a nice soft crown for your horses and the adjustable nose makes for a versatile fit.  [SmartPak]

Wednesday Video: Why do top professionals choose footing from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces? David O’Connor explains: