Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Oops, tack malfunction! Photo by Nicole Severino.

The great thing about this sport is that the little stories are just as triumphant as the big ones. Proud mother Shawn Crausby sends us this gem about her daughter:

“My daughter bought this mare roughly 18 months ago. Before she bought her the mare had been a broodmare and had about 90 days dressage training on her. My daughter is far from being a trainer – she only began eventing about 3 years ago. This mare is a Registered Irish Draught that was beyond green. They have worked hard all year, as many many others have as well.  On the XC course Saturday, somewhere around jump 7 her figure 8 noseband broke. Rather than give up, this pair ran the rest of the course clear. They ended up with time penalties but for horse and rider to complete the course with the noseband hitting her in the face before falling down and smacking her neck and chest the entire way is a testament to the horse and rider. This mare tries her best for this kid. This isn’t as eloquent as it deserves to be, the bond between these two is just something special to see.”

National Holiday: Positive Thinking Day!

Major Events This Week:

Blenheim: WebsiteEntries & ScoringLive StreamEvent Rider MastersEN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

Plantation Field: Website, Provisional Schedule, Order of Go, Ride Times, Live Scores,EN’s CoverageTwitterInstagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

GMHA September H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

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

Poplar Place Farm CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

Otter Creek Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

MeadowCreek Park Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Flying Cross Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Stone Gate Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Colorado Horse Park Trials [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

VAHT is continuing in their journey to be better every year. As the VAHT brings Captain Mark Phillips back for their FEI levels at their fall horse trials, they also seek to develop the next generation of course designers. The first graduate of the VHT Course Design Mentor program, John Michael Durr, now designs the lower level courses and he now takes on a new mentee, David Taylor, an EN alumni! [Progress Continues at VAHT]

It’s been a while since we’ve had a good topless high jump challenge. Blenheim holds one annually, so if you want to witness, it’s about time for a hop across the pond. In topless high jump, you can buy extra ‘lives’ by removing a piece of tack…or clothing. Eventually the jumps are very big and the riders very bare. [Enjoy a Glimpse of Topless Eventers]

Carawich practically picked Jimmy Wofford out of a crowd when they first met. After seeing him once overseas, Jimmy thought he’d never have a chance to buy Carawich. When his connection informed him the horse was for sale, months later, Jimmy practically bought him on the spot, borrowing against his life insurance to do so. [Finding Carawich]

SmartPak Product of the Day: One thing I always forget about when fall rolls around is that hunters are prepping for their own season. My youngster, stuck on a rehab schedule, is particularly sensitive to their sounds as they prep their hunting stands for deer season. I’ve been using this noise blocking ear bonnet in an effort to help him focus, and he is no longer doing his periscope impression every two minutes. [SmartPak]

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