Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

Just a lil Friday motivation to get you to the end of your week! Photo courtesy of Taylor Harris Insurance Services FB.

Weekend! Weekend! Weekend! Ok, so for horse people, a weekend isn’t really a weekend, but sometimes it still feels special. If you’re competing it’s special! If you’re here in Virginia in the cold and expecting snow…..well…not as much. I mean, unless you think it’s fun to anticipate how to thaw and chip away at ice in your buckets.

National Holiday: National Groundhog Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Three Lakes H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Sporting Days H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

Galway Downs Winter H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Results]

News From Around the Globe:

Hey, you wanna win $1500 worth of SmartPak goodies? All you have to do is literally fill out the teeniest tiniest form on the site, and you’ll be entered to win an amazing gift card to your favorite store. DO IT! [SmartPak’s Ultimate Horse Health Challenge]

Canadians will be rolling up to the 2018 WEG in style with Noel Asmar Equestrian as the official apparel of the Canadian Equestrian Team. They first partnered together for the 2016 Olympics, with great success and flair, for both the equestrian athletes and the supporting team staff. With riders from eight different equestrian disciplines to outfit, they’ve got their work cut out for them! [Noel Asmar Partners with Canada for WEG]

At the USEF Annual Meeting this month, SafeSport COO Malia Arrington presented on the SafeSport initiative, and resources have been made available to members via a Safety & SafeSport Policy page on the US Equestrian website. Included are sections on how to recognize, respond to, and report misconduct and abuse. Under the Safe Sport Policy, all USEF Designees are now also required to successfully complete awareness training every two years. It’s up to all of us — riders, parents, coaches, administrators, ALL participants in equestrian sport — to utilize this critical resource to help protect our young athletes. [Times Up: SafeSport Polices Sexual Abuse in Equestrian Sports]