Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

When the hounds are the same size as the pony! Photo by Hazel Hilland.

Well this is just about the cutest thing we’ve ever seen. Daisy Murphy, the 2-year-old daughter of Irish Olympian Joseph Murphy and his wife, Jill, absolutely stole the show with her wee pony, Pepsi, on Boxing Day with the Co Down Hounds in Northern Ireland. It’s safe to say the next generation of American eventers has met their match!

If you’ve not yet ridden in one of Joseph’s clinics, you’re seriously missing out. He’s returning to the States to teach a cross country clinic on Jan. 13-15, 2019, at Liz Halliday-Sharp’s phenomenal facility, Horsepower Equestrian, in Ocala, Florida. You can sign up on Event Clinics.

National Holiday: National Chocolate Candy Day (Editor’s Note: Isn’t this every day?)

Your Friday News & Notes:

GET EXCITED! The 2019 U.S. eventing season starts in only 16 DAYS. Be sure to get your entries in for the Stable View Aiken Opener H.T. and Horse Trials at Majestic Oaks. And while you’re at it, join me in spending an inordinate amount of time pouring over the 2019 omnibus on the new USEA website. [2019 USEA Omnibus]

On that note, the trot up at Badminton is 125 days away. Event director Hugh Thomas wrote a meaty update in his Christmas blog with details on the latest site visit from course designer Mike Winter, course adviser Capt. Mark Phillips and FEI technical delegate Marcin Konarski. [A Festive Post from Hugh Thomas]

‘Tis the season once again to celebrate eventers who made us proud to be eventers in 2018. The EN staff members are busy compiling a list of eventers who inspired us this year, but we want to hear from you, too. Email your nominations to [email protected].

Let’s get to know the Middle Tennessee Pony Club Horse Trials. The event runs once a year at Percy Warner Park in Nashville on the first weekend in October. It is the oldest continuously running recognized horse trials in the U.S. [USEA Events A-Z: Middle Tennessee Pony Club Horse Trials]

SmartPak’s annual winter clearance event has arrived. Shop hundreds of new items in the clearance section — horse supplies, tack and riding apparel — at discounts of up to 50% off. [SmartPak Winter Clearance]

Friday Video: More Daisy and Pepsi … because seriously this is too much! #adorbs


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First day out at Boxing Day Meet.❤️❤️#firstlove#nextgeneratin

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