Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

The merriest reindeer of all! Photo courtesy of Lynn Symansky.

Donner wins Round 1, Leg 3 of the Equiratings HOTY contest! Are you following the contenders on the Equiratings Facebook feed? You can also read more about our favorite reindeer on his official page, chronicling his accomplishments for the year. He’s up against a good crowd though, with Foxwood High, fischerRocana FST and Nereo to name a few. Can’t wait to see who caps them all in #ERHOTY17!

National Holiday: National Date Nut Bread Day

Day 22: “So, good news, I saw a dog today”

News From Around the Globe:

Equestrians Institute Horse Trials in Cle Elum, Washington (Area VII) is held twice a year, at the end of May and the end of September, at the Washington State Horse Park, and offers Beginner Novice through Intermediate level competition. Equestrians Institute also hosts dressage shows, hunter paces, clinics and combined driving events at different venues throughout the region and supports local sport horse breeding programs. [USEA Events A-Z]

You don’t have to understand the complexities of Twitter to get these #EquestrianProblems. Now that we’ve been updated to 280 characters per tweet, we can really get into the nitty gritty of real life equestrian problems. From brooms in public places to random earplugs you find in the laundry, nothing says you’re a horse person more than random thoughts that bind us together in the real world as well as the online world. [13 Equestrian Problems on Twitter]

“Dear Santa, I’m writing to let you know I’ve been a very good boy this year. You see, I’m a dressage horse, and I’ve been doing some reading so that I can be the very best dressage horse in the entire world. I keep coming across this thing called the training pyramid so I figure it must be important for optimum dressage-ing. Upon careful examination, I have determined that I’m fulfilling all of the requirements listed in the training pyramid, and Santa, because you might not be familiar this with whole dressage thing, let me explain.” [A Letter to Santa From The Very Best Dressage Horse]

Have you ever dreamed of writing about your sport for a living? Do you have a perspective and a direction for the hunter jumper universe that you want to share? Are you a self-motivated, well-spoken individual who isn’t afraid to put in the hours for a dream and a paycheck? Jumper Nation is hiring! [Jumper Nation Employment Opportunity]

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