Monday News and Notes from SmartPak

Kate Chadderton with Buckharo and Ryley Holdridge. Photo courtesy of Kate Chadderton. Kate Chadderton with Buckharo and Ryley Holdridge. Photo courtesy of Kate Chadderton.

After Buckharo ran a couple of seasons of Advanced with Kate Chadderton, Kate and Bucky’s owner Beth Sokohl decided it was time for him to give his experience to an up-and-coming young rider. Ryley Holdridge and the 17-year-old Thoroughbred competed in their first event together this weekend, coming sixth in the Open Novice at Waredaca. Way to go!



U.S. Weekend Action:

GMHA June H.T. [Results]

Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club Spring H.T. [Results]

Waredaca H.T. [Results]

Poplar Place Farm June H.T. [Results]

Camelot Equestrian Horse Park H.T. [Results]

IEA H.T. & N/T3D [Results]

Colorado Horse Park CCI/CIC & H.T. [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

Thank you to Katherine Scovil for bidding $5,500 to win a County saddle of her choice in support of the college fund for Millie Humphreys. The eventing community continues to rally behind 6-month-old Millie following her mother’s death at Jersey Fresh. The winning bid combined with County’s own donation will add an additional $10,495 to the fund, which has already raised more than $80,000 in total. Please consider donating at this link.

If mounting blocks could talk, oh the stories they would tell! They’re the stairway to saddle heaven, the ever-handy instructor’s seat, the sacred holder of keys, phones, and Starbucks drinks. Here’s a few mounting blocks that are working overtime, working smart, or working in style. And boy do we love them for it. [Jumper Nation]

The Heart of the Carolinas Three-Day is the only event in the country that runs a Beginner Novice long-format alongside Novice and Training Three-Days. New divisions, awesome clinicians and lots of fun and learning with friends are just a few reasons why Southern 8ths Farm owner Brad Turley deemed this year’s event the best yet! [Education, Horsemanship and Big Dreams]

You and I know that we are happiest when we are with horses, and while our concerned friends and family sometimes worry about how much time we spend talking to animals (not to mention how much money we spend on them), we know we’d be lost without their company. Here is a cool infographic illustrating the many ways horses make us healthier, as well as some information about the benefits of equine therapy for veterans. [June is PTSD Awareness Month]

In less than 100 days, hundreds of America’s top horse and rider combinations will descend upon the quaint town of Tryon, NC to compete in the USEA American Eventing Championships at the remarkable Tryon International Equestrian Center. The same event will also host the Adequan USEA Gold Cup Finale and the Adult Team Championships. Over $100,000 and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of prizes are up for grabs, plus a bunch of special awards. [USEA has all the details you need to know]

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Monday Video: This is what a 16.8 looks like.