Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

“Take this photo and title it ‘Mother Mucker.'” As seen on the Humans of Eventing Facebook page. 

If you haven’t been to the Humans of Eventing Facebook page yet, you’re missing out. A play on the very popular blog and photography project Humans of New York, it features frequent hilarious and heartwarming photos of riders, horses, dads, moms, dogs, volunteers, grooms, and everyone in between. These are the kinds of photos that remind us why we love eventing, and show us the wonderful backstage of our sport.

National Holiday: National Fast Food Day

Major Weekend Events:

Ocala Jockey Club CIC & CCI: WebsiteEntry StatusScheduleLive StreamEN’s CoverageEN’s TwitterEN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Fresno County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

Um, did you see Ingrid Klimke win the Stuttgart German Masters this week? If you missed this video, I’m bringing it to your attention again because holy cow is she the master. She made it look so incredibly easy, and I assure you that it wasn’t. Her pure training abilities continue to astonish me. [Queen Ingrid Wins Stuttgart]

The Mystic Valley Hunt Club Horse Trials runs once yearly at the end of May in Gales Ferry, Connecticut (Area I), offering Starter through Training/Novice level horse trials with combined tests at the Beginner Novice, Novice and Training level. Mystic Valley Hunt Club is a year-round boarding and training facility that hosts dressage and hunter/jumper shows, horse trials, and summer camps. [USEA Events A-Z: Mystic Valley Hunt Club]

Does your horse get strong while on cross country or excited for jumping phases? Four star rider Coral Keen gives some advice to a Horse & Hound forum user who has some troubles keeping her Welsh cross horse taking off with her while in a variety of situations. [Help! My Horse Gets Strong!]

Tis the season to … receive totally weird horse gifts from your non horsey friends and family! Let’s face it, when they don’t know what to get you, because they don’t understand your lifestyle, they just get you something weird with a horse on it. What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever received from a well meaning but mistaken friend or family member? [Let’s Discuss: Horse Nation]

Video of the leader of the CIC3* courtesy of The Horse Pesterer