Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

Pebbly Maximus isn’t so sure about this handler…..Photo by Lesley Grant Law.

Do all horse trainers wonder constantly if they have seasonal allergies? But then I realize that instead it’s just the dry season of summer and I’ve been standing in a dusty arena for several hours and I have a thin film of sand and rock dust coating both the outside and inside of my body. Is this just me? Washing off a “tan” at the end of the day is normal, right?

Bromont Links: Website, Entries, Ride Times, Live Scores, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

Bramham Links: Website, Entries & Live Scores, XC Live StreamEN’s Coverage

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Larkin Hill H.T. [Website]

Valinor Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Plantation Field June H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

The Middleburg H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

River Glen H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Roebke’s Run CCI/CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Queeny Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Copper Meadows H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Camelot Equestrian Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Aspen Farms H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Derbyshire Farms H.T. [Website]

News From Around the Globe:

Thoroughbred junkies around the US grieved the loss of the great Holy Bull yesterday, euthanized at the age of 26. Holy Bull succumbed to the infirmities of old age, and was put down at Jonabell Farm, his home as a stud horse for the past 22 years. Holy Bull was an incredible racehorse, retiring with 13 wins in 16 races, and won the title of Champion 3-year-old, accumulating over $2 million in his career. He was an incredibly prolific and successful sire, and the thoroughbred world will miss him greatly. [Holy Bull Euthanized at 26]

Michael Owen announced yesterday that he was retiring his four-star partner, The Highland Prince, from upper level competition. “Darcy” competed for 12 consecutive years with Michael, never missing a competition due to a lameness, but came up a bit off at the jogs at Tattersalls this month. At 17  years old, Darcy jumped clear at 83 of his 88 competitions, including four CCI4* rounds. He will now drop down and do a few BE90’s with Michael’s girlfriend, Ashleigh. [Four Star Horse Retires]

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The USEF Town Hall at Upperville Colt & Horse Show is heating up around issues of possible new drug regulations. USEF President Murray Kessler, USEF CEO Bill Moroney, and USHJA President Mary Babick offered a free-for-all Q&A at Upperville this week, and competitors certainly didn’t hold back. The possibility of regulating and/or banning Depro-Provara was certainly first and foremost on their minds, as many trainers are using it not only for mares, but for geldings and stallions as well. [USEF Opens Questions About Drug Regulations at Upperville]

Remembering Holy Bull: