Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Photo by Tyson Rementer.

We are in for a treat this weekend with the Ocala Jockey Club hosting their second annual International Three-Day Event. Course Builder Tyson Rementer shared this photo of what he calls “Arts & Crafts at #OJC2017.” I can’t wait to see what else he has in store. Our own Jenni Autry will bring it to you live, so keep checking back to EN this week for all the top stories.

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Major Events This Weekend:

Mitsubishi Motors Australian International Three-Day Event [Website] [Entries] [Live Scores]

Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day International Event [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

The year’s final four-star is on the horizon this weekend as Adelaide celebrates 20 years of their CCI4*. 21 Competitors are gaming for the win, including 2016 winners Hazel Shannon and WallingPark Clifford who would be the event’s first ever back to back victors. Another big contender is Clarke JohnStone with Balmoral Sensation who have the best average dressage scores of the bunch. [Notes from Down Under – The Adelaide CCI4* Preview]

Kai Pai Kiwi lives up to her name, which is an expression meaning everything is ok. She exemplified this at a Pony Club competition when her 16-year-old rider Jordan Shrimpton came unseated and was left hanging below her neck. Jordan managed to pull the mare up with the sound of her voice before pulling herself back on to manage the save of the day and finish their cross country course without any time penalties. She recalled, “What Thoroughbred would stop, facing the truck park where 17 of her friends were tied, while her rider clambered all over her after galloping a whole cross-country course?” [From The Magazine: Everything Is Ka Pai For Shrimpton]

“If eventers could rearrange the alphabet, they would put OTTB and I together.”  True! Thoroughbreds remain a tried and true competitor of our sport. When looking for your next OTTB, you’ve got to know what desirable features to search for. Mackenna Shea starts by evaluating conformation especially of the back, pasterns and hooves. Temperament is important too, so if evaluating off site, watch for tail swishing or ear pinning may be a red flag via video.  [OTTB Critique Presented by Athletux: California Girl]

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SmartPak Product of the Day: Temperatures are dropping for most parts of the country, which means it’s time to make sure you’ve got all your winter gear in check. A fleece cooler can be a helpful addition to your horses wardrobe to be used to help them maintain temperature while drying or as an additional blanket liner on especially cold nights [SmartPak]