Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

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I think I jinxed myself with talking about my desire for spring weather yesterday, because it promptly went right back into a day full of cold depressing rain. I had to comfort myself by cooking up a huge batch of the most delicious pad thai at the end of the day. Home cook pro-tip: always own a ridiculously huge wok pan, because when you need it, you’ll really be happy and you’ll wonder why you don’t cook everything in it.

National Holiday: National Banana Cream Pie Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Sporting Days H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Twin Rivers Winter H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Results]

News From Around the Globe:

With several more EHV-1 outbreaks happening in my neck of the woods just this past week, it’s important to know what you’re dealing with here. EHV spreads from horse to horse through nasal discharge, whether by nose-to-nose contact, aerosol droplets sneezed or coughed into the air, or shared equipment and feed or water. The types equestrians are most likely to see, EHV-1 and EHV-4, often cause only respiratory illness with few long-term aftereffects, but EHV’s easy movement between horses and the fact that the virus can cause potentially fatal neurological symptoms have made it a serious concern for horse owners, facility managers, and competition organizers alike. [EHV: What You Need to Know]

Next week, Red Hills Horse Trials is celebrating their 20th anniversary in a big way. Not only did they reveal some big course changes for the event, but it’s the first big qualifying competition for the 2018 WEG later this year. As the first big challenge at the upper levels that we look for as talent develops for the spring, we’re always excited about Red Hills, but maybe more this year than ever! [WEG Qualifier Red Hills Next Week]

Hot on Horse Nation: 49 Horses Living Their Best Life by Napping

Want to know about the inner lifestyle of The Troll? How about why Lauren says this mare is the horse she would want to be on during a zombie apocalypse? Troll lives a very normal life, for a four-star superstar who isn’t perhaps the friendliest. She likes going on hacks down the road, living out in a field, and most of all, sleeping and snoring and snacking all at once. [Veronica’s Health Care Routine]

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