Wednesday News and Notes from MDBarnmaster

Tamie Smith and Chaos Theory at Rolex. Photo via Tamie Smith's FB page. Tamie Smith and Chaos Theory at Rolex. Photo via Tamie Smith's FB page.

Let’s all join Tamie Smith and Gina Economou in saying farewell to Chaos Theory, aka Buzz. With Tamie Smith in the irons, Buzz competed up through the 4* level, making his final start with Tamie at age 17 before she passed the reins off to Gina. Buzz helped Gina rebuild her confidence at the upper levels, and took her up through Advanced before he retired, sound as a dollar. Buzz sadly passed away from colic earlier this week.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Huntington Farm H.T. [Website]

Hunt Club Farms H.T.  [Website]

Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Caber Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Richland Park CIC, CCI & H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Schedule/Ride Times]

Boyd Martin and Phillip Dutton are hosting an eventing symposium this Sunday, Aug. 23 at Windurra! Eventing With The Stars will cover topics ranging from how to improve your dressage scores to cross country schooling exercises you can use at home. Tickets are $60 in advance or $70 at the gate (kids 12 and under get in free). [Eventing With The Stars]

Join Chris Ruyson in Lexington, KY for a jumping clinic. Ruyson, a Grand Prix show jumper and eventer, will be at Westwinds Farm and Carriage Station Farm for a two day jumping clinic. Ruyson focuses on good balance and a powerful canter to aid the jump. The clinic will be held over October 10 and 11. For those already planning on attending, the Carriage Station Farm location is a change from a previous venue. [Chris Ruyson Clinic Flyer]

This week in Horse & Hound’s Numbers: The boys are killing it over in Britain this week. Every single low dressage score of the weekend was obtained by a male rider. Time for an all ladies week next?  [Eventing in Numbers]

Talk about a flashy mount. Samantha Majors has debuted Buckeye, an Appaloosa mule owned by Christina Gregory, at his first recognized dressage show. The flashy mule took three firsts at the Introductory level and made his first start at training level at the Tryon Summer Dressage and Raleigh Summer Dressage shows recently.  [Buckeye The Dressage Mule]

SmartPak Product of the Day: I’m headed to Richland Park this weekend, where I hear the mosquitos can be quite out of hand. To that end, I purchased this scrim in preparation, to help keep the bugs off my grazing horse while simultaneously keeping him cool. [SmartPak]

Video of the Day: Chaos Theory shows his grit at Rolex 2009.