Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

The cutest boop that ever booped. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Look, I know everybody thinks their animals are the cutest animals, but can we just take a moment to appreciate how ridiculously adorable my mini donkey is? Pepe is so fluffy and so cute and literally the best at photo shoots, I can’t believe he doesn’t have a modeling contract yet. If anybody is out there looking for a tiny donkey model, you know who to contact. Pepe-roni.

National Holiday: National Sandwich Day

Major Events This Weekend:

Galway Downs: WebsiteScheduleRide Times & ScoresLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop Farm November H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Tattersalls Horse Trials has announced their support for the USEA initiative to ask the FEI for compulsory use of frangible technology. They join Badminton Horse Trials, Eventing Canada, and several Olympic riders in voicing their strong belief that the FEI should mandate use of frangible technology on international cross country courses, rather than their current stance of “strong recommendation”. [Tattersalls Ireland]

Best of Blogs: NYT: Unspeakable Pursues Uneatable, Fashion Follows

Hot on Horse Nation: No Stirrup November – No Thank You!

Dressage kicks off this morning with the CCI3* competitors at Galway Downs. All ten of the horses and riders were accepted earlier this week at the jogs, with 61 international pairs and 29 competitors in the Training Three-Day. The small but mighty field is made up of four-star veterans as well as three-star first timers. [Ninety Horses Accepted at Galway Downs]