Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

Horses are super majestic. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Everyone’s all pumped up about Tattersalls this weekend, meanwhile I’m back at home just thrilled that my 4-year-old moose baby head has stopped being a turd about standing still for the mounting block, and after one long hack, has really settled into his work and seems to be enjoying himself. It’s always nice with young horses when you get over that little hump where they feel like “work” is unfair in theory and practice, and they start to do the job with you. This is what I live for!

There’s also plenty of eventing around the world to watch this weekend. You can check out Tattersalls live here, which will be showing parts of the CICO3* Nations Cup dressage today as well as CCI* cross country starting at 5:30 a.m./10:30 a.m. EST. The second leg of Event Rider Masters is also live streaming at Wiesbaden here, with dressage starting at 8:30 a.m./2:30 a.m. EST.

Tattersalls Links: WebsiteEntries & Live ScoresCIC3* Ride TimesLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

Wiesbaden ERM Links: Website, Order of Go, Live Scores, Live Stream

U.S. Weekend Preview:

GMHA June H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

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

Waredaca H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Poplar Place June H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

IEA H.T. & Classic 3DE [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Colorado Horse Park CCI/CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

The Australian International 3-Day Event (Aus3DE) announced yesterday that Mitsubishi Motors will partner with the iconic international equestrian event as Naming Rights sponsor for the next three years. The Mitsubishi Motors Australian International Three Day Event is one of only six CCI four star (Olympic standard) events to be held across the world, and attracts over 25,000 spectators in Adelaide over the three days. Mitsubishi Motors Australia CEO, Mutsuhiro Oshikiri announced “Mitsubishi Motors has an international company with a head office in Adelaide, is proud to be the official naming sponsor of the Mitsubishi Motors Australian Three Day Event and to show its support for this major event in the Australian sporting calendar.” [MMAI3DE Is The New Moniker]

The United States Eventing Association (USEA) is pleased to announce longtime sponsor, Nutrena, will be returning as a Corporate Sponsor and the “Official Feed of the USEA.” Nutrena has shown its support for the USEA American Eventing Championships (AEC) for several years and will be a Presenting Sponsor of this year’s event. The USEA American Eventing Championships, presented by Nutrena, will be held August 30-September 3, 2017 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina. [Nutrena Returns as Top Sponsor to USEA]

Best of Blogs: Be the Tortoise: Win at the Upper Levels by Losing at the Lower Ones

Sometimes the internet offers up an article that isn’t about horses, but is still incredibly relevant to our lives. This time, it’s about an 11-year-old boy and his audition for Julliard, and his mother’s view of how much time and effort and practice and learning how to practice it takes to get to that one, single audition. Read this, you’ll like it. [How Top Performers Practice]

You’re gonna wanna watch this entire video. You can thank me later.