Happy Friday, everyone! Here’s what’s been happening in the horse world this week.
- All the Championships. The start of fall means the bulk of show season is behind us, but there are still some big competitions and year-end championships ahead of us. This week brought the American Eventing Championships, which run through Sunday in Texas; Dressage at Devon, which you can watch live this weekend on USEFNetwork.com; and Arabian Sport Horse Nationals, which is in Idaho this year but will move to North Carolina next year. Hopefully the new location will mean live streaming for them, too.
- Larry the Cable Guy. What’s he got to do with horses? This week, his Git R Done Foundation donated $250,000 to build a therapeutic riding facility in Nebraska.
- Here’s an inspiring story about a British woman whose love of horses and riding motivated her to lose weight. She had reached the point where she was too heavy to ride, but once she made the decision to drop the weight, one of the ways she got more physically active was by taking her horse, Rocky, on walks in-hand. With exercise and improved diet, she has lost 20 stone, which meant nothing to my American brain until Google converted it for me: 280 lbs. Wow!
- I have no connection to New York City, but I’m oddly fascinated by the stories of horses in that metropolis. So here’s your NYC horse news roundup for this week.
A rider practicing in between classes at the 2009 Arabian Sport Horse National when it was held in Kentucky. I, for one, think Kentucky is the ideal location for all championship equestrian events.
- I always thought it was strange that Canadian Olympic dressage rider Ashley Holzer’s base of operations was in the Bronx. Apparently it isn’t anymore, though, as the former Riverdale Equestrian Centre, which Holzer ran with her husband, American dressage rider Rusty Holzer, has been transferred to new concessionaires. Their vision for the stable, which is owned by the Parks Department, includes a more community-focused atmosphere with public riding lessons. Makes sense.
- Another story out of the Bronx, this one weird and a little sad. A developer has purchased a dilapidated old barn that once housed horses. Soon-to-be former owner Buster Marengo will have to move off the property and take the last remaining horse, Bronco, along with him. It seems like that property was no place for a horse, but it’s still sad. I hope they end up somewhere better. An apartment complex is planned for the lot.
- And back to the carriage horse debate. Horsemanship clinician and past Road to the Horse champ Guy McLean has weighed in, saying the NYC carriage horses are just fine. I’m still refusing to take a side on this topic, but I will say I’m far more likely to listen to McLean’s opinion of the horses than Liam Neeson’s.
Ashley Holzer and Pop Art at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games
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