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The 2018 Event is On Track to Have More Than 700 Participating Retailers in 19 Countries. Riders4Helmets International Helmet Awareness Day, to be held August 18 and 19, 2018, expects to have a record number of participating retailers this year.

The FEI World Equestrian Games™, held every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle, is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar, combining eight equestrian World Championship caliber events in a pre-determined location. The FEI disciplines – Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining – are all included on the competition schedule, while equestrian-focused demonstrations and exhibitions will also be hosted throughout the duration of the event. The 2018 edition of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ will be held in Mill Spring, NC, over 13 days from September 11-23rd, 2018 at Tryon International Equestrian Center.

The Swedish insurance company Folksam has independently tested 15 riding helmets for children and adults available on the Swedish market. Their test shows that only three out of fifteen helmets obtained the Folksam “Best in Test” or “Good Choice” label. If you are unlucky to find yourself in an accident, the right choice of equestrian helmet may prevent a concussion. The test also shows that the price is irrelevant in choosing a helmet as one of the most expensive helmets was among the worst performing ones.

The Thoroughbred racehorse who became the 13th Triple Crown winner in 2018 has been officially retired from racing. The three-year-old colt had been in light training to allow him time to recover after the grueling Triple Crown campaign, but in early July his trainer, Bob Baffert, noticed a slight filling in the horse’s left front fetlock. When the swelling returned a few days later the leg was evaluated, and the decision was made to retire him from racing on July 25, 2018.

Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza was injured on Sunday morning, July 22, 2018, when the horse he was riding at California’s Del Mar racetrack collapsed during training and died.

Horses in Ethiopia are at risk from a fatal disease. With a horse population of about 2.8 million horses, Ethiopia is home to more than half the total number of horses on the African continent. More than one-third of the horses in some regions of Ethiopia are under threat from the devastating disease known as EZL.

Canadian Horse Journal and its veteran freelance writer, Margaret Evans, were recognized for editorial excellence during the American Horse Publications 2018 Equine Media Awards at The Hunt for Excellence Conference held in Hunt Valley, Maryland.



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