Wednesday News and Notes from SmartPak

Can't keep a good eventer grounded for too long! Photo via Destination Eventing FB page. Can't keep a good eventer grounded for too long! Photo via Destination Eventing FB page.

We featured Suzannah and Korbin last year during their quest to run their first FEI events, which they mastered successfully! This year has included a successful move-up to Intermediate but like any good journey, it’s not without hiccups. Suzannah acquired that lovely boot in a fall at the Fair Hill CIC2*, and like most good eventers, is determined to get back up as soon as possible. Doctor’s orders are to “not fall off,” which of course we always guarantee that we won’t!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Kent School Spring H.T. [Website]

Fair Hill H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Otter Creek Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Spokane Sport Horse Farm Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

CCC Spring Gulch H.T. [Website] [Ride Times]

In honor of Philippa Humphreys, consider donating to advance research on collapsible fences or contributing to her daughter’s future. The USEA has been raising funds to enable researchers to study collapsible fences, and continues to work to raise funds in order to complete both years of the study. Additionally, Joanie Morris has set up a You Caring page to help raise fund’s for a college education for Philippa’s six-month old daughter, Millie. [USEA Collapsible Fence Study] [Millie’s College Fund, In Memory of Her Mum]

Kentucky Equine Research and EN are teaming up to host the Great KER Fitness Challenge this spring! Download the free KER ClockIt Sport app for your phone and record your rides for a chance to win a $100 gift card to, an EcoGold Secure XC Saddle Pad, a lesson with your choice of Bruce Davidson, Liz Halliday-Sharp, or Dom or Jimmie Schramm; and a feature story about you and your horse on EN. Entries close May 31! [Contest Details]

Entries have opened for the $10,000 Airowear Intermediate Challenge at Surefire Horse Trials. Hosting levels from Beginner Novice up through Intermediate, the 13th annual Surefire Horse Trials will be once again hosting a Wine and Beer Garden as well as a trade fair and tailgating for cross country. A portion of the show’s proceeds will be donated to the Stroke Comeback Center, which assisted Jan herself in her recovery from her fall at Pine Top a few years ago. [Surefire Horse Trials Entries Have Opened]

SmartPak Product of the Day: In light of the recent falls, I decided it was time to give my old helmet up for a new model, to make sure my head is still solidly protected. [SmartPak]

In what is possibly both a flashback and a glimpse of the future, I give you Little Britannia (out of Headley Brittania), ridden by Lucinda Fredericks at Fontainebleau this past weekend.