Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

When you’re literally the cutest Turkey that has ever existed. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Do you ever feel like maybe you own the cutest horse in the entire world? I do. Twice over, really, because Nyls is the original model horse, but his little protege, Turkey, is actually the cutest pony head alive. His winter assignment is to be my lesson couch, as I’ve decided to take him around in the trailer to sit on while I teach lessons in the afternoons. He’s only four, and about two months off the track, so it’s a good excuse for him to see different places and hang out and have to watch other horses running around and doing stuff. He’s like a giant dog, really, and also a very comfy way to teach!

National Holiday: National Homemade Bread Day (IT’S MY HOLIDAY!)

Major Events This Weekend:

Mitsubishi Motors Australian International Three-Day Event [Website] [Entries] [Live Scores]

Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day International Event [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News from Around the Globe:

Allison Springer Eventing has an immediate opening to join the team as the head groom. This job offers the opportunity to groom at the top levels of eventing with a great string of upper level event horses competing internationally. The head groom will have the opportunity to travel to events around the country and potentially the globe. [Be Allison Springer’s Head Groom]

Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), organizer of the Land Rover Kentucky Three Day Event, presented the Area VIII Young Riders Program a generous $2,000 donation to support their goal of attending the 2018 Adequan FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC). [EEI Donates to Area VIII YR]

Nine-year-old jumper Caracas had an occasional weird jump and slightly high fever when he went into Rood & Riddle in Wellington FL, but they discovered a 27 pound tumor in the horse’s abdomen. With only a 5% chance of survival, he beat the odds and is now back in the equitation ring winning ribbons. [Life Saving Surgery with 27lb Tumor]

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It was Oliver’s birthday this week, so let’s relive Ballaghmor Class winning Burghley for him this fall: