Thursday News & Notes from SmartPak

William Fox-Pitt & Moonie through the last combination at Burghley. Photo by Kate Samuels.

William Fox-Pitt & Moonie through the last combination at Burghley. Photo by Kate Samuels.

I’m back from Burghley, and I think almost recovered from my whirlwind of a trip! I have a bajillion photos that I don’t even know what to do with. I even edited through them and deleted the bad ones, and I still have so many! If you aren’t following Eventing Nation on Instagram….I don’t know what you’re doing because that is where we post all the extra photos and fun updates on Chinch and his travels. So, you should probably go do that right now.

North American Weekend Preview:

GMHA September H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

Seneca Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Poplar Place Farm September CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Times]

Dunnabeck H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Feather Creek H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status]

Flying Cross Farm H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Times]

FEI Global Weekend Preview:

Blenheim (GBR) CCI/CIC3* [Website] [Entry Status]

Jardy (FRA) CCI/CIC1*

Langenhangen (GER) CIC1/2* [Website]

Bonza (COL) CCI1*, CIC2*

Pompadour (FRA) CICYH1*

News From Around The Globe:

Nominations are open for the annual USEA Appreciation Awards, do you know somebody who deserves to win? These awards are an opportunity to shine the light on competitors that are exemplary in their courage and sportsmanship, as well as non-riders who work behind the scenes tirelessly. There are also awards for those who are competing beyond the age of 60, and young riders who give back to the sport. Nominate your friends now! [USEA Appreciation Awards]

Checked out the Eventing Radio Show this week? I ran into Samantha Clark at Burghley, and I can tell you that this episode is sure to have some great nuggets of inside information from that competition. This week Samantha and Jess chat with Jackie Green and Rodney Powell about the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials and re-hash WEG one more time. [ERS Episode 317]

A staff member at the National Museum of Australia has found pieces of Phar Lap’s heart preserved since his death in 1932. Thought to have been previously discarded, this employee found pieces of his aorta and heart perfectly preserved. The champion racehorse, whose preserved heart is on display at the museum in Canberra, was a Depression-era hero in Australia, with a phenonmenal series of wins. He then travelled by ship to North America, where he won the richest race in North America at his first start. Two weeks later, he died in mysterious circumstances. [Phar Lap‘s Heart Found]

The fall season is upon us, which brings about a few things we love, and a few more things that we hate. Great things about fall: cooler temperatures, softer footing, no more flies, and fall three-days! Less great things: clipping, mud, cleaning a million stalls every morning, mud, and realizing that it’s winter soon. Horse & Hound put together a great list that describes the rider’s struggle with fall, which I agree with completely except for the last bit about “chilblains”, because what is that?! [Nine Reasons Riders Love (And Hate) Autumn]

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