Monday News and Notes from SmartPak

Watching Intermediate Cross country

Posted by Pine Top Eventing on Sunday, February 28, 2016

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. Going to a horse show is one of the best ways to get inspired to ride. I was back at Pine Top this weekend, and watching horses literally soar over the massive Hammocks that had everyone talking was exhilarating to say the least. Yet, I enjoyed that just as much as watching professionals pilot green horses confidently around their first Prelim course, and hearing young riders shout with elation at their steed as they conquered their fears over a particularly daunting looking Training table. What a wonderful way to spend the day!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Pine Top CIC & H.T. [Results]

Three Lakes at Caudle Ranch H.T. [Results]

Monday News and Notes:

Does your horse have an inspiring story about coming back from a serious injury or illness? OCD Pellets wants to hear all about it! Send in your rehab to [email protected] for a chance to win an OCD prize pack (2-month supply of OCD Pellets, 1-month supply of COS Canine, and an OCD Pellets hat and T-shirt). Entries close Monday, May 2, 2016, and the story that receives the most views on EN will win. [Contest Details]

How often do you stand in the barn aisle, hemming and hawing about what clothes to put on your horse for the night? Well, hem and haw no more! The blanket experts at Horseware Ireland have developed an app to make those difficult blanketing decisions for you. Create a profile for each of your horses, inputting age, breed and whether or not they’re clipped, and the app will use that information along with the weather forecast to generate the best blanket options. The “Horseware Turnout Guide” is now available as a free download for iPhone in the iTunes App Store, and for Android in the Google Play Store.

Tickets are now on sale for Great Meadow International, the final outing for the U.S. Olympic Team before they travel to Rio for the Games. There are plenty of ticket options from car passes to tailgating spots to all out VIP packages. This isn’t just a competition – it’s an experience you won’t want to miss. [Get tickets here]

Four-time Olympian Blyth Tait is taking the next natural step in his storied career in eventing by taking up course design. The New Zealander will make his design debut at Burgham this year, laying out the BE90 and BE100 tracks. With Blyth’s decades of experience, it will be exciting to see what style of design he takes as his own. [Blyth Tait Makes Course Designing Debut]

Meanwhile at Three Lakes…