Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Etsy is a great place for accessorizing your eventing gear. Photo by Maggie Deatrick.

There’s absolutely nothing more satisfying than cruising Etsy and finding the most amazing stock-tie pin to go with your squid of a horse. Forty dollars later and I’m now not only the proud owner of a steampunk stocktie pin but also some amazing Cthulhu patches for bonnets and saddle pads and a single pin for my collar. Because what else do I have to do while waiting for the southern crowd to migrate their way north again?

National Holiday: National Pi Day (3.14159….)

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Pine Top Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Ocala Winter II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

Copper Meadows Winter H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Wilton Fair and Rebecca Broussard grant recipient Madeline Backus has wasted no time in utilizing the grants. Already she has made the hop over to England with her two horses and journeyed to base herself at Attington Stud with Irish team member Austin O’Connor. With two Advanced runs on the docket with P.S. Arianna to prep for Badminton, Madeline has plans to make the most of her time across the pond. [Madeline Backus Arrives in the UK]

Gemma Tattersall is playing it safe after a nasty fall in the warmup of a show jumping competition. Although she initially felt she was fine, and in fact rode a full schedule at home for two days after, Gemma soon felt something wasn’t right. Despite an MRI scan that seems to indicate all is well, she’s taken the advice of her doctors’ and pushed back her season opener by a week. [Gemma Tattersall Injury]

Frangible fixes were the name of the day at Red Hills. The Chronicle has clarified scoring for Erin Pullen in the CIC3* division after photographs emerged of Tag breaking the frangible fence at 10A. Despite the protest period being closed, the ground jury felt that due to an inaccuracy on the jump judge report, she should be awarded the 11 penalties for breaking a frangible and the scoring was revised. [Frangible Pins Cause a Fracas]

SmartPak Product of the Day: After being gifted with a horse whose stomach was made of iron, I’ve now been gifted with one who wants to live on UlcerGard. Thank goodness SmartPak carries it, which makes it easy to re-order on a regular basis. [SmartPak]