Black Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

Just doing some light stalking of my boy Leo at the Thanksgiving hunt! Photo by Kate Samuels.

So, I only had two Thanksgiving feasts yesterday, which is down from three the previous years, so I think I only put on like twenty pounds instead of the usual thirty? That’s good, right? I had a traditional jam with the family (turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes etc) and then a slightly non-traditional meal with one of my oldest friends and her family (duck, hasselback potatoes, brussel sprouts), and now I need to spend a few days lying down and digesting. JK, I have to ride horses. And find a bigger belt. Thank god riding pants are stretch waist!

National Holiday: BLACK FRIDAY

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Pine Top Thanksgiving H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Saratoga Boot earned $267,372 in his 73 starts, and now he’s heading for the 2018 RRP.  Racing from ages 2 until 10, the gelded son of Storm Boot compiled an impressive 16-10-13 record. His trainer wanted him to find a proper home after so many years of hard work at the track, and his jockey got in touch with Joy Campbell to give the war horse a good home. Joy competed a younger horse in the RRP 2017, but was specifically looking for an older horse with miles to use for her partner next year. [Rider Teams Up with 73 Start War Horse]

From working on a vegetable farm to afford her first horse as a child, to competing at Preliminary and Prix St Georges, Sandra Holden has done a little bit of everything in her horsey career. In a fascinating story about how she’s developed as a rider with both great instructors and great horses along the way, the USEA has featured Sandra’s tale in their new series “Now On Course”. [Now On Course: From Cross Country to Sandbox]

Hot on Horse Nation: HN Staff Gives Thanks

If you’ve never seen the Blessing of the Hounds on Thanksgiving Day, you’re missing out!