Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

Pine Top Advanced Horse Trials kicks off today in Thomson, Georgia. Photo by Kelsey Briggs.

Fresno Park kicked off the U.S. FEI season last week in California, and this week the East Coast follows suit with Pine Top Advanced, which also runs a CIC2* and CIC1*. New U.S. Eventing Performance Director Erik Duvander is continuing his tour of our major venues and led a course walk for riders yesterday at Pine Top. Good luck to all competing in Georgia this weekend!

National Holiday:  National Skip the Straw Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Pine Top Advanced CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

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

News From Around the Globe:

Double Olympic eventing champion Michael Jung won the CSI5*-W 1.40m in Gothenburg yesterday aboard the 10-year-old Westphalian mare fischerChelsea (Check In x Argent). His jump-off time of 55.13 seconds was a full 3.2 seconds faster than second place. Just another day in the life of The Terminator! [Jung Wins Gothenburg CSI5*-W]

Stuart Tinney has been named Chef d’Equipe for the Australian eventing team at the 2018 World Equestrian Games. The Rio Olympic team bronze medalist was notably left off the latest training squad and said he hopes to “offer several decades of experience to bring Australia to the podium at WEG.” Rod Brown and Nelson Pessoa have also been appointed show jumping coaches for the Aussie eventers. [Tinney Named WEG Chef d’Equipe]

The Future Event Horse Program took center stage yesterday at the USEA Educational Symposium in Ocala. FEH judge Chris Ryan spoke about what he looks for in a broodmare and offered advice on choosing the right mare and stallion match for breeding top class eventing prospects. Dr. Shauna Spurlock also presented on conformation. The day concluded with a session on FEH judging standards. [FEH Educational Symposium]

Jen Roytz has been named the new executive director of the Retired Racehorse Project. Steuart Pittman, who held the title since the organization’s inception, will step down from his leadership role but remain involved as board chair. [Roytz Named RRP Executive Director]

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