Thanksgiving Thursday News & Notes from SmartPak

Leo is thankful for donkey friends that live down the road. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Leo is thankful for donkey friends that live down the road. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Happy Thanksgiving y’all! I’ll be waking up early today to do the barn chores before immediately beginning a pie baking attack for all the gatherings that I have planned. I’m fortunate in that I have several groups of friends and family to visit on Thanksgiving, and it’s a great day to appreciate what we have in life, and also eat lots of stuffing. In addition, I discovered that the combination of apple pie with a cheddar crust is really what makes the world go ’round, and I’m planning on sharing that knowledge a few times over today.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Ocala Jockey Club CIC & CCI  [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Pine Top Thanksgiving H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Thanksgiving News:

Thanksgiving means family, and there aren’t many eventers that don’t have a family member of the canine variety. This year World Equestrian Brands is sponsoring a contest for EN’s Thanksgiving Top Dog! So when you’re in your turkey coma, wake up long enough to snap a great picture of your canine companion in his own stupor. [Thanksgiving Top Dog]

Oh my god it’s happened. George Morris has found the “perfect position” on a living human rider. And an eventer at that!! George was so impressed with the picture of this rider that he even called the COTH headquarters to sing her praises. It was eventer Kelsey Horn riding Swingtown to the win in the 4-year-old division of the U.S. Eventing Association’s Young Event Horse West Coast Championship who caught his eye. [Dear Kelsey: Life Goals Accomplished]

Veterinarian Charmian Wright is taking care of the horses at Standing Rock into her own hands. After hearing that some of the horses involved in the protests were getting injured, this vet from Park City, Utah, drove 900 miles to a camp in North Dakota to tend to the horses. She found that they were all very well cared for, and mended some small wounds while also teaching the owners about emergency care in case they need further help. [Vet Drives 900 Miles for Horses at Standing Rock]

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