Wednesday News and Notes from SmartPak

Korbin tests Suzannah's willpower. Photo via Suzannah Cornue's FB page. Korbin tests Suzannah's willpower. Photo via Suzannah Cornue's FB page.

Horses seem to know when a big event is on the horizon and have an absolute knack for picking the worst time to lose shoes. Or you know, injure themselves. Korbin the wonder paint is headed to his first CIC2* at Virginia next weekend, so of course he thought it would be a great time to spring free of his shoes. Suzannah Cornue has got her duct tape ready …

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Waredaca H.T. & Classic Three Day [Website] [Entry Status]

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

Holly Hill Farm H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status]

Hagyard Midsouth CCI, Classic Three Day, & H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Ben Hobday is counting down the days. Home from the hospital, Ben is busy building up his immune system. Right now, he’s planning on riding in a demonstration in November with Paul Tapner. Best case scenario, he’s back to a full riding schedule by January. We’re all pulling for you, Ben! [Eventer Ben Hobday Plans Return to Riding]

This week in Horse & Hound’s Numbers: Turns out this is only the ninth year that Pau has held a CCI4*. It certainly feels like it has been longer than that, time flies. [Eventing in Numbers]

Alice Dunsdon is making her way across the world now. Alice and Fernhill Present are on a plane making the long, long flight from England to Australia. Alice has very little to do on the long flight, so spends the time to give us good insight into the world of flying horses. With a 4* trip at Adelaide on the line, she is making sure ‘Hilly’ receives top care. [An Update at 35,000 Feet]

Alyssa Peterson is a big participant in the YEH series. Alyssa, assistant trainer to Sharon White, has invested a lot of time in bringing along some top class youngsters. She has made sure to hit up Waredaca’s YEH series with a trio of top future prospects. [Alyssa Peterson Targets YEH]

This week on the Eventing Radio Show: Fair Hill Winners. To absolutely no one’s surprise, Joe and Max chat with our winners from Fair Hill, Tamie Smith and Will Coleman. Eventing’s best kept secret, Doug Hannum, talks about keeping horses sound. [Eventing Radio Show]

SmartPak Product of the Day: While we’re all out buying all the Halloween candy, and then buying more because we ate it all, we should think about getting some treats for our horses. Who doesn’t love a good Paddock Cake? [SmartPak]

Waredaca is holding their annual T3D & N3D this week. Check out the T3D steeplechase from two years ago.