Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Buying really cool hats. Photo via Equine Bonnets FB page. Buying really cool hats. Photo via Equine Bonnets FB page.

When the horses are away, the credit card will play. Every year while my horses are south, I’ve made some purchases that I might have held off on if I were busy. Two years ago, I created a new show jumping look by breaking the bank on a sharp coat and breeches. Last year I went all out and bought a second horse (ok, that one was somewhat planned). This year I managed to keep it reeled in, walking away with only two sharp bonnets for the new(er) horse with no forelock.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

The Fork CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

CDCTA Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Pine Hill Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Spring Bay H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Ever wanted to go back to summer camp? At the O’Connor Event Camp, you can relive the summers of your childhood spent at camp from June 26 to July 1. Held at Sandy River Equestrian Center, the camp will focus on horsemanship, groundwork, and riding with lectures from guest speakers. [O’Connor Event Camp]

This dynamic duo is a staple at shows in North Carolina. Susan and Van Firth started volunteering after their daughter started eventing but kept at it when they realized how good they were at it. Mainstays at many events in Area II, this pair can often be found in the cross-country warm ups with emergency kits full of anything a rider might forget. [Athletux Volunteer of the Month]

The popularity of the Retired Racehorse Project grows every year. For the first time, a demonstration will be held at the Plantation Field International event, with guests like Phillip Dutton and Graham Motion demonstrating the versatility of the thoroughbred. Held three weeks prior to the RRTP Challenge in Lexington, the demonstration will give a taste to those unable to make it to Kentucky to spectate. [Plantation Field Announces Partnership]

SmartPak Product of the Day: One thing that always seems to walk away in short order, no matter which barn you’re at, is lead ropes. Sometimes it’s nice just to have a solid supply of extras lying around to grab if needed. [SmartPak]