Nothing quite like Virginia countryside on the back of a Thoroughbred. Photo by Alex Horn.

Every spring, I think for sure that I live in the best place on Earth; the grass is green, the nights are cool and the days are warm but not hot. The horses become covered in dapples, and you can have the most wonderful patio dinner of your life. Then June hits, and I remember why more people don’t move to Virginia. If you like hanging out in the sauna and think you’d like to stay in it for 12-14 hours, Virginia is for you! Do you enjoy literally dripping with sweat by 9 in the morning and continuing to do so for the next 10 hours? Definitely move here.

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Bucks County Horse Park H.T. (Revere, Pa.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scoring]

Full Gallop Farm June H.T. (Aiken, Sc.): [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer]

Honey Run H.T. (Ann Arbor, Mi.): [Website] [Scoring]

Kent School H.T. (Kent, Ct.): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. (Poolesville, Md.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times] [Volunteer]

Shepherd Ranch H.T. (Santa Ynex, Ca.): [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Silverwood Farm Spring H.T. (Camp Lake, Wi.): [Website] [Scoring]

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After a three-year hiatus, Sharon White is thrilled to welcome back JUMP! at Last Frontier Farm. JUMP! is a derby-style schooling competition combining cross country and show jumping obstacles for a fun and educational schooling opportunity. Levels range from Intro to Preliminary with safe, inviting questions appropriate for each division. Sharon White and Woods Baughman will be offering course walks and coaching throughout the day, and there will also be opportunities to win raffle prizes, enjoy a cook-out, and meet the Last Frontier Farm team! [Enter JUMP!]

From distance coaching to motion sensors on horses, technology is catching up to the horse world. Now you can get top notch lessons from riders all around the world right in your ear as you ride, you can monitor the wellness of all the horses in your barn, and you can even keep track of rehabilitation for various injuries with technology. [There’s an App for That]

With the arrival of summer comes warmer temperatures. This can make keeping your horses — especially those under work — hydrated difficult. Here’s the scoop on electrolytes and how they can help. [Hot on Horse Nation]

Nosebands and bit type are only a “small part of the puzzle” when it comes to bridle fit, and more consideration should be given to the individual horse. This was among the messages highlighted during a recent World Horse Welfare webinar. Vet and researcher Rachel Murray, of Rossdales Diagnostic Centre, and Society of Master Saddlers saddle and bridle fitter Di Fisher discussed why ensuring a bridle fits properly is so important for performance and horse welfare. [The Importance of Bridle Fit]

On Cue’s baby, Bar B Cue, gets a little under saddle education!