Dressage Day One News & Notes from SmartPak

Laine Ashker winning the official Best Dressed title! Photo courtesy of Lainey's Instagram.

Laine Ashker winning the official Best Dressed title! Photo courtesy of Laine’s Instagram.

On a scale of 1-10, how dangerous do you think it is to try to ride all my horses today while simultaneously streaming the Rolex live-feed on my phone? I mean, as long as I’m not jumping, it should be ok right? Doing trot sets and walking up the mountain one-handed seems like a fair price to pay to watch Rolex like a nerd. I just hope my horses are looking where they are going…!

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U.S. Weekend Preview:

University of New Hampshire Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Loudoun Hunt Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

News From Around The Globe:

It’s officially Rolex Contest Week! We’ve got so many prizes to give away this year, we had to dedicate an entire page to our Rolex contests. Be sure to check this page each day for the details on contests to enter while you’re at Rolex. Good luck! [Rolex Contest Page]

Badminton has just released their official draw of order. With not a single American amongst the over 90 (yeah, you read that right, NINETY) entrants, and the excitement of Rolex upon us at the very moment, it’s hard to remember Badminton is just a week away! Nick Gauntlett is entered on Doug Payne’s old ride Crown Talisman, and you will see Jock Paget on the exceptional Clifton Promise, Andrew Nicholson, Mark Todd, Mary King and many more. [Badminton Entry Draw]

After the conclusion of dressage, New Vocations’ farm in Lexington Kentucky is hosting a Thoroughbreds For All extravaganza and dinner. Organized by the Retired Racehorse Program’s Steuart Pittman and New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program’s Anna Ford, the festivities and educational panels will run from 5-9 pm, just 15 miles from the Horse Park. Laine Ashker will be one of the speakers, as well as international dressage rider Reese Koffler-Stanfield and Dan James of Double Dan Horsemanship. Tickets can be purchased online for $35 and benefit the RRP and New Vocations. [Purchase Tickets Here]

Best of Blogs: A Traveler’s Guide to Lexington, Kentucky “Blossoms In Springtime”

The USEF Network is bringing us wonderful videos all week, so here is Liz Halliday Sharp and Fernhill by Night:

 

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