Friday News & Notes from SmartPak


When your horse is trying to figure out how to horse (insert eye roll). Photo by Kate Samuels.

Ok, I can’t be the only one who is already planning what to bake for Thanksgiving, can I? I feel safe in saying that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of the year, mostly because of gravy and stuffing, TBH. I’m from a southern family too, so basically you have to starve yourself for days beforehand and afterwards in order to cope with the caloric intake. That’s normal, right?

National Holiday: National Vanilla Cupcake Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Full Moon Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

River Glen Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Poplar Place Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Texas Rose Horse Park Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Unfortunately, we can confirm that the B-sample from Julia Krajewski’s horse confirms the A-sample. The tests confirmed positive for Firocoxib, also known as Previcox and Equioxx. For now, Julia has 21 days to decide whether she accepts an administrative sanction or requests a hearing before the FEI Tribunal regarding her situation. [Samourai du Thot Drug Results]

What happens when your girth snaps in two over a CCI2* fence on cross country? Ginny Howe found out the hard way, when her girth simply popped and split apart while she was riding Echo P at Osberton. Despite the unusual tack malfunction, she jumped the fence and kept galloping for a bit until she realized the saddle had slipped rather far back. Luckily, she was able to safely pull up! [Video: Girth Breaks on XC]

Hot on Horse Nation: TIP Youth Ambassadors of the Month

Hot on Horse Nation Pt 2: If Horse Sales Texts Were Honest


First peek at Lauren Keiffer’s new mount, Hindine! (please peep the Michael Buble on the speakers)