Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

My sister’s horse this past weekend in Wellington in her first CDI! Photo by Kate Samuels.

Today is my 30th birthday, which frankly, is a little terrifying. Now I’m supposed to have all my ducks in a row officially, even though I feel more or less the same as I did a year or two ago. I’ll spend it just like I spend all other days, with my ponies and my dogs, and maybe I’ll be lucky enough to enjoy a special delicious dinner at the end. What more could a girl want?

National Holiday: National Almond Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse Winter II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Paradise Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

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

News From Around the Globe:

World Number 1 Kent Farrington suffered a severe injury to his leg yesterday while competing Evergate Stable LLC’s Lucifer in the 1.30-meter jumpers in the Mogavero Ring at the Winter Equestrian Festival. He was immediately transferred to Wellington Regional Medical Center for treatment. [COTH]

In 1925, William DuPont Jr started amassing land in Pennsylvania that amounted to 7,600 acres that would become known as Fair Hill. In 1989, Fair Hill International was born to replace the CCI3* lost from the last Chesterland International Three-Day, headed by a group of top level riders interested in preserving the sport. Mike Tucker was the first course designer, and Derek diGrazia took over 10 years later in 1999. [USEA A-Z: Fair Hill International]

Hot on Horse Nation: #EquestrianProblems According to Twitter

Most of us, at some point in our careers, have to sell one of our horses. If you’re a professional, this is just part of life. There are definitely better and worse ways to complete the objective, and Horsemart gathered info from William Fox Pitt and rising star Caroline Harris on how to best proceed with selling a horse. [Selling A Horse: How to From the Stars]