Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Mandiba meeting his new friend Custom Made to start his retirement. Photo by Sue Clark. Mandiba meeting his new friend Custom Made to start his retirement. Photo by Sue Clark.

There was something magical and perfect about the idea of the Fab Four roaming together in retirement. Four old men, Biko, Custom Made, Prince Panache, and Giltedge, trading stories and harassing youngsters. Oh, the tales they could have told! It’s almost as if Batman, Superman, Spiderman, and Iron Man got old together and sat around telling war stories at some lucky nursing home. With Custom Made the last remaining member, he needed another companion to be his bucket list partner, and Mandiba stepped up to the plate. Now Batman and Robin will spend their days reminiscing.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

King Oak Farm Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

MCTA H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Heart of the Carolinas 3D & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Poplar Place Farm May H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

Penny Oaks H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

The Event at Skyline H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

We’d like to extend a big, huge EN congratulations to Ally Ault, who correctly picked the winner of this year’s Rolex Kentucky! While that feat alone isn’t all that surprising (let’s face it, almost everyone picked Michael Jung to win!), she guessed that his score would be a 39.3, just a mere .1 off from his actual winning score of 39.2. We’re impressed, Ally!

For her efforts, Ally will win a great prize pack from our sponsor, Omega Alpha:

  • 1 gallon of Sinew-X Pus HA (Joint, Muscle & ligament formula with Hyaluronic acid and no MSM)
    1-500ml RegenerEQ (appetite stimulant and G.I. regenerator)
    6 tubes of Chill Ultra (calming with focus for the mind while relaxing the muscles) … and more!

Congratulations, Ally!

As if running a Classic Three-Day isn’t enough, Waredaca Farm has also stepped up to fight breast cancer. At the fall event, held during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Waredaca Farm will hold ‘3-2-1-Go! End Breast Cancer’ in an effort to raise funds to benefit the Johns Hopkins Breast Center in Baltimore. Their first fundraiser will be held May 19th, at the Waredaca Brewing Company. A dollar of every pint sold plus tips and silent auction will be donated to the cause. [Fundraiser at Waredaca Brewing Company]

Chronicle correspondent Lisa Slade begged was picked to go to Badminton to witness the potential Grand Slam. The Chronicle wasn’t planning on sending anyone originally to Badminton, but with Michael Jung poised to make history, someone had to go. Enter Lisa Slade, who has no kids, no farm, a tolerant husband and less-tolerant dog, heading to England by the grace of one shady plane ticket. [To London, With 24 Hours Notice]

Despite his wealth of experience, Boyd is a first-timer at Badminton. After Master Frisky has to stay home with a case of cellulitis, Cracker Jack is now Boyd’s sole entry for his first Badminton attempt. Cracker Jack was originally bred, owned, and ridden by Colin Davidson, who tragically died in a car accident in 2010. Although his mother Lucy Boynton sent the horse to Boyd to be sold, she enjoyed watching him compete so much that she decided to keep the horse competing with him. [Badminton First-Timers]

SmartPak Product of the Day: Sometimes you need a little help to stay in the saddle and Tack Up Grip Spray can be that extra help. With the winter definitively over and everyone shaking out their eventing kits, it’s time to double check your supplies and make sure your spray isn’t running on empty. [SmartPak]

It’s been three years since Michael and Sam attempted Badminton. Here’s a recap of how that went.