Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

I is helping, yes? Photo by Aly Rattazzi.

Welly World, Welly World, I am heading to Welly World! How to explain to the rest of the universe exactly what is Wellington? The best I’ve done so far is find a video (taken from the back of a horse, obviously) of a person being pulled on rollerskates down a road by a miniature pony at quite the little clip. I feel like that pretty much sums it up. If you’re interested (and you know you are) here is the link to said video.

National Holiday: National Pizza Day


U.S. Weekend Preview:

Pine Top Intermediate H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Ocala Winter I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

News From Around the Globe:

The USEA Area III Young Rider Program is currently accepting resumes/bids for the 2018-2020 competition years for Young Rider Summer Camp Trainers and North American Junior Championship (NAJC) and CICOY Nations Cup Coach. If you’ve ever dreamed of getting involved in molding the youth of tomorrow, or giving back to the program that you benefitted from as a young rider, now is your chance! [Apply Now to Coach Young Riders]

Out of 794 accepted trainers for this year’s Retired Racehorse Project, nearly 550 of them are newbies to the program. EN blogger Lindsay Gilbert is going for her third consecutive year of competing at the year-end championship, and she’s got some solid advice for the new comers: don’t get caught up in competing just yet. [Stay In Your Lane: Some Advice for First Time Thoroughbred Makeover Trainers]

We’re sad to report that Secretariat’s exercise rider, Charlie Davis, passed away this week after a short battle with lung cancer. As one of the famous team behind the storied Triple Crown winner, Davis was always quick to brag on the big horse, and just as quick to minimize his sizable contribution to the success. He galloped horses for the vast majority of his life, sitting on other fast ones like Riva Ridge and Belmont winner Amberoid. He will be deeply missed. [Charlie Davis Passes Away]

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A little dressage inspiration for your Friday…