Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

Ponies love cookiezzzz! Photo by Kate Samuels.

Yesterday, it rained at my house. For like two hours, it lightly drizzled. I’ve never been so excited. Today, there are thunderstorms predicted! At like 80% chance!! It hasn’t rained for 7 weeks, so this is big news. If you’re ever interested in the weather prediction for the week, just ask a horse person, we know the weather hour by hour obsessively.

National Holiday: National Chocolate Milk Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer H.T. [Website]

Horse Park of New Jersey II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Hunt Club Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Cobblestone Farms H.T. [Website]  [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Burghley entries went live, and we looked googley-eyed at the top performers from all countries. Just to name a few, Andrew Nicholson with Badminton winner Nereo (plus two others), Zara Tindall with High Kingdom, Michael Jung with La Biosthetique Sam, Maxime Livio with Qualao des Mers, Chris Burton with Nobilis 18 defending his win from last year, and a few other people who are equally as competitive. It’s going to be one hell of a show! [Burghley Entries Strong]

Paul Tapner took the gold for Australia in the Hickstead Eventer’s Challenge yesterday. The popular Wiltshire-based event rider produced a perfectly timed round to win on board Bonza King of Rouges. His time of 127.75sec was enough to take the title ahead of Britain’s Abi Walters and Perfick Miss Amber (128.37sec). In third was Irish Olympic rider Joseph Murphy and his London 2012 horse Electric Cruise, finishing just behind Walters with a time of 128.64sec. [Paul Tapner Wins at Hickstead]

The Eventing Riders Association of North America (ERAofNA) is now accepting applications for the for the newly created part-time position of Executive Director. This individual will have overall operational and administrative responsibility for ERAofNA membership programs, sponsorship development, communications, marketing & public relations, financial management and governance coordination. [ERA of NA]

Hot on Horse Nation: Your Horse’s Fear of Puddles Turns out to be Dead Right

Amazing Audio: How Do Horses Learn Differently From Humans?

Let’s all admit it: we have too many brushes for our horses. Does any horse really need every type of brush from stiff mud rake to softest baby bunny level? No. But that doesn’t stop us. That means when you’re walking around the barn, you’ll need a tote to store all these grooming tools. This Noble Outfitters Equinessential Tote has all the pockets and durability you could dream of, and at a reasonable price! [SmartPak Product of the Day]