Thursday News & Notes from SmartPak

Ahhh winter. Photo courtesy of Sabrina Morris.

Ahhh winter. Photo courtesy of Sabrina Morris.

Looking at this photo, I don’t know if I should laugh, cry, or send Sabrina a box of chocolates as well as some Orvis shampoo (for both horse and blanket!). Possibly a combination of all three is appropriate. Don’t you just love winter!? All the lovely things that go along with winter, like mud, and cold rain, and snow, and more mud, and mud puddles, and riding while wearing 34 layers….ahhh such fond memories from years past!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Sporting Days Horse Trials [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

Big news from Maryland: Fair Hill International has requested to become a 4*! After economic data shows a large increase in the growth of the horse industry, Fair Hill has decided to expand and upgrade their facilities as well as request permission to become the 7th four-star competition in the world. Regardless of the 4* outcome, FHI will be implementing some exciting upgrades next year, so stay tuned. [FHI Seeks 4* Upgrade]

One week until the USEA convention! Held down in sunny Ft Lauderdale, Florida, this year, you’ll find everything from educational clinics on show jumping course design, some holiday shopping opportunities, learn the best way to fall off from Danny Warrington, and attend lots of seminars on eventing safety and the future of the sport. A whirlwind long weekend indeed, and one you don’t want to miss out on! You can find the full schedule at this link. [USEA Convention 2016]

If you didn’t see the updated 2017 FEI rules yesterday, make sure you check them out today. As always, we highly recommend reading the entire thing yourself, just to catch any weird additions that might specifically affect you and your horses. [FEI Rule Changes for 2017]

Remember last week when George Morris actually picked a picture of a rider and said she had “the perfect position”? And how that person was a West Coast eventer? Kelsey Horn of Corvallis, Oregon, was just about as shell shocked as the rest of us, maybe even more so. Kelsey has been the head trainer at Inavale Farm for six years, and has evented through the two-star level. However, she started her journey riding western pleasure and english equitation on Morgan horses! COTH has the full story on this lucky girl. [Kelsey Horn: From Morgans to Morris]

Thursday Video: At home with the incredible Nick Skelton!