Wednesday News & Notes from Ocala Horse Properties

Today’s the day to go for gold at the Goresbridge Go For Gold Sale as bidding goes live at 1pm Irish time / 8am EST.

Whether you’re looking for your next eventing prospect or just window shopping for the horse of your dreams, if you’re not lucky enough to be in Ireland soaking up the Guinness, excitement, and (most likely) rain for yourself, there’s no need to miss out on action as the whole thing will be live streamed on the Goresbridge Go For Gold website. If you’re planning to vote for your favorite lot with your paddle, you’ll need to register as a bidder. Over the last couple of days, the horses have been strutting their stuff over show jumps and cross country fences – whether you’re in the market or not, there’s plenty of talent to drool over in the performance videos, and the online catalog is just brimming with potential super stars.

If you’re set to buy the next big thing, make sure you check out Tilly’s sage advice for a successful shopping trip. We also published some shopping tips from Andrea Baxter yesterday, which you can read here.

My husband’s threatened to handcuff me to something sturdy…

U.S. Weekend Preview

Ram Tap H.T. & Classic 3-Day (Fresno, CA)[Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

The Event at TerraNova (Myakka City, FL) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring] [Live Stream]

Wednesday News and Reading

BC Eventing Association has a fundraising auction happening until November 18th, with all sorts of great lots on offer. There are lessons with Sarah Bradley, Dana Cooke, Sabrina Glaser, Holly Jacks, Chelan Kozak, Tik Maynard, Lynda Ramsey and Jane Stone; sports psychology sessions with Dave Freeze, Cristina Rennie and Shannon Thompson, as well as a commissioned drawing from September Kuromi, Mustang Powder Catskiing, Reflection Cream Glamping Bed & Bale, Roden & Fields Lash Boost, and gift certificates for Hit Air and Timmies. All items are in CND dollars, so American bidders could get a great deal! Check out all the items and place your bids.

What goes down when top eventers take on a team chase competition? Lauren Nicholson and Lynn Symansky decided to find out. Think eventing is riding by the seat of your pants stuff? Well, it’s positively tame compared to the rush of team chasing, as the Team USA riders discovered. With no minute markers to gauge their time by, the speedy pair managed to catch the team in front, knocking them out of contention for the optimum time category, but they brought home the best hunt team honors and had a blast while they were at it. [Go Team!]

From the fast and furious world of team chasing, to the even faster world of race riding – arguably one of the most famous jockeys on the circuit, Franke Dettori, has made the move Stateside and found he’s not so recognizable after all. After postponing his much discussed retirement from the sport, the 52-year-old jockey has decided to continue his career on the tracks of California, after loving his time at Santa Anita at the beginning of the year. Despite enjoying a lower profile than he’s used to in Europe, the consensus is that he’s riding better than ever and there’s a hope that he’ll bring in the crowds and make race days the biggest show in town once more. [Frankie’s Gone to Hollywood]

Staying with racing, but a whole other kind of race entirely… I love anything that’s weird and wonderful, so the idea that there are actually races where humans pit themselves against horses is just my cup of tea. Being from Wales, I was aware of the famous Man V Horse race in Llanwrtyd Wells, which began in 1980 after a chat in a pub (presumably over a number of pints) resulted in a 22-mile event being birthed. It turns out that these kinds of crazy conversations aren’t bespoke to my home country, in fact, such oddball ideas happen across the Pond also. Just three years after some Welshmen came up with their epic plan, a bet was made in a bar in Arizona and another horse vs human race was born, this one an eye-watering 50 miles over mountainous terrain. GQ sent their wellness columnist Joe Holder to try it out. (Note to our editor, Sally: This is in no way me volunteering for next year’s Welsh race, I’m good just reading and writing about it, thanks.) [Bar Talk Births Crazy S**t]

Your Horse Live has been happening in the UK, with a very special mare taking the Search for a Star supreme title. The Suffolk Punch, Holbeache Scarlet, is currently carrying the next generation, with her foal due in May, a very welcome addition to the critically endangered breed. [Punching for Glory]

We love a horsey tale here at EN and books that inspire horse crazy kids to grow into horse crazy adults are right up our street. Sidelines Magazine spoke to children’s author Kathy Simmers about the inspiration for her stories and how she got into the writing world after a career in accounting. [Pony Tales]

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Video Break

Well, I was looking for a video of 5* eventer Kylie Roddy turned jockey for the day competing in the British Horse Society Charity Race at Newbury Racecourse, however, instead I found this…

If you’re struggling to recognise the twinkle-toed eventers without their breeches and helmets on, Kylie’s helpfully included everyone’s names in the description for us:

Front row – Sophie Brown, Rosalind Canter, Kylie Roddy and Amy Crerar.
Back row – Casey Parker, Caroline Smith, Katy Hurst and Mary Anne Carpenter.

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