Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

All the hooks for all the tack. Photo by Maggie Deatrick. All the hooks for all the tack. Photo by Maggie Deatrick.

I’ve spent a lot of time, effort, and trips to the hardware store over the past month in an attempt to alter my trailer tack room so it no longer had only six measly hooks. And behold! Victory is mine! I have finally unlocked the secret to adding hardware to the trailer: self-drilling sheet metal screws and a well-charged power drill. My trailer now has twenty-two useful hooks and there are plans in the works to add more hooks, baskets, and grommets on the other unused walls.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

That’s a wrap for 2016! The only thing to occupy you this weekend is…

USEA Convention [Website] [Schedule]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Watch out dressage divas, Blackie is back! Fernhill By Night is back on American soil for his yearly dosage of sun and sand. Generally a polite soul, Blackie nonetheless knows he is the master of his domain, and apparently never lets you forget to feed him…even if you already have. [Behind the Stall Door]

If you were wondering why Boyd and other top riders were taking a turn behind the bar at the AECs, wait no longer! The answer is the “Buy a Donkey a Drink” fundraiser run by Brooke USA. Top riders took turns bartending to raise money to buy troughs for donkeys in Ethiopia, where troughs are being built to give working equines lifetime access to water. [Boyd Buys a Drink]

In case you missed it, don’t expect to see Zara Tindall competing next spring. Zara is expecting her second child, and as a member of the Royal family, we can shortly expect to see the mainstream media start to speculate on the size of her baby bump. Zara’s first daughter, Mia, was born before Zara and High Kingdom represented Great Britain at the World Equestrian Games. [Zara Tindall Expecting Second Child]

The USEF George H. Morris Horsemastership Training Sessions are practically their own holiday tradition. Held in the days just after the new year and streamed live on the USEF Network, the sessions were once chance to see The Master in his element, shaping and molding (and yelling at) the next generation of riders. Although George Morris no longer runs the sessions, the quartet of clinicians teaching this year include Anne Kursinski, Beezie Madden, Lauren Hough, and Laura Kraut. [USEF Announces Riders and Clinicians]

SmartPak Product of the Day: There’s still plenty of time to buy those gifts for your friends, barn family, and trainers! SmartPak continues to run a 15% off sale, and has plenty of gifts available. For instance, this Rambo throw allows you to match your horse, just as you’ve always dreamed! If you bring it to the office, you can be reminded of your dapper pony every time you use it to warm your lap. [SmartPak]

Wednesday Video: Why do top professionals choose footing from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces?

Good Footing – Attwood Equestrian Surfaces from Bold Horse Media on Vimeo.