Horse Talk New Zealand: Horse manure an unlikely ally in unmasking art forgeries. “As Lucile Beck and her colleagues at the University of Paris-Saclay in France point out, the absolute dating of paintings is crucial for tackling the problem of fake art. Radiocarbon dating is the only technique that gives access to an absolute time scale, but its application is limited to organic materials such as wood, canvas or natural binder. Being able to extend absolute dating to the range of inorganic pigments used for colours in art would make it possible to overcome the lack of available materials for dating easel and mural paintings.”
SportBusiness: FEI removes OTT paywall and offers broadcasters free archive. “The FEI, the international federation for equestrian sport, has removed the paywall from its FEI.tv streaming platform and is also providing free archive footage to broadcasters. Announcing the move today (Friday), the FEI said that the OTT platform will provide all of its coverage of past events and special equestrian features free of charge while live sport is on hold until the end of June.”
America’s Best Racing: The Horse Lover’s Guide to Staying Inside. “Hi friends. I know COVID-19 is a scary time for us all; but, if you’re a horse lover like me who can’t go riding or get to the races anymore, you may be wondering what to do with yourself during this time of social distancing. So, here’s my handy guide for horse lovers who suddenly find ourselves stuck indoors for the foreseeable future.” This is a series that’s up to four parts at this writing.
BetaNews: Grand National goes virtual to give fans their racing fix. “The Grand National is a highlight of the British sporting calendar. An event that prompts people who never normally bet on a horse race to venture a few pounds at the bookies or take part in a workplace sweepstake. With this year’s race canceled due to the coronavirus it looked like they might miss out, but virtual reality is coming to the rescue.”
The Horse: New NetPosse National Disaster Website for Horses and Pets. “NetPosse’s new, free resource is meant to bring disaster rescue organizations and victims together in one place, making it easier to search through the multitude of pages and groups on Facebook.” The site does not appear to have been up long but already has 100 resource pointers for Hurricane Florence.
HarnessLink: Capturing The Cup to debut on Facebook Live. “Woodbine Entertainment is set to debut a new Facebook Live harness racing series titled ‘Capturing The Cup’ this Thursday. The five-episode series will feature past champions of the Pepsi North America Cup reflecting on their victories, close calls and other memorable moments from Canada’s richest harness race.”
The state of Pennsylvania has launched a new database of rulings given with regard to horse racing activities. “Results of official rulings issued against licensees by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission now will be available online as part of the commission’s continuing commitment to transparency and modernizing its oversight of the state’s racing industry. Historically, access to the database of rulings was limited to racing regulators. Today, any decision, matter or action taken by racing judges, stewards, or the commission, relating to racing activities now will be publically accessible and searchable…”
The country of Australia has created a national equine database for emergencies. “An Australian first, the National Equine Database is a partnership between the CFA and Walking Forward Disaster Relief Team founder Jenna Kelley. The database, launched this week, links horse owners to landholders who can temporarily house animals.”
The state of Kentucky has launched a new database for lost and abandoned horses. “The state veterinarian’s office has launched a Stray and Abandoned Equine Database with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture where people can browse listings of horses that have been found.”