Monday News and Notes from SmartPak

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This is Sydney Bolton and her new partner, a Thoroughbred gelding called Broomer, on their happy way to a fourth place finish in their second horse trials together this weekend at Sporting Days. We love seeing horses and riders having the time of their life doing what they most love. Thanks to Lynda Clary-Burke for sending us this photo!

U.S. Weekend Action:

Fair Hill International CIC & H.T. [Live Scores]

Longleaf Pine H.T. [Live Scores]

CHC International CIC & H.T. [Live Scores]

Sporting Days Farm H.T. [Website]

River Glen Spring H.T. [Live Scores]

Holly Hill Spring H.T. [Live Scores]

Monday News and Notes:

Enter to Win the Tredstep Pay It Forward Challenge: Eventers are constantly inspiring each other and giving their fellow riders a helping hand. Whether it’s offering a leg up, cheering as a friend leaves the start box, or giving a word of encouragement after a bad day, we all have each others’ shoulders to lean on in this sport. Nominate someone who has inspired or helped you by posting a picture of the person on Instagram using the hashtag #TredstepPayItForward. Be sure to tell us why they inspire you! Entries close on Friday. Both the winning nominee and their nominator will receive a Tredstep Solo Pro Coat and Interchangeable Collar. [Click here for more details]

What’s the big deal about Rolex? It’s A HUGE DEAL. We know this, but try explaining it to a non-horsey person. Four-star event rider Elisa Wallace’s husband Timothy Harfield, founder of, has tried to describe the significance of this event in a variety of ways. [What’s the Big Deal About Rolex Anyway?]

Great Britain stood on the top podium at the FEI Eventing Nations Cup qualifier at Ballindenisk this weekend. The Irish team finished with a three-person team as runners-up on their home turf, while France stood third two points behind Ireland. Individually, Britain’s Pippa Funnell led from start to finish with Mirage D’Elle. [Funnell and Britain win, Ireland Second at Ballindenisk]

The Tryon International Equestrian Center, which will host the 2016 USEA American Eventing Championships in September, is a popular hunter/jumper venue in North Carolina. TIEC has upped the ante for its Summer Series, which will increase competition opportunities for hunter and jumper competitors planning to attend the four week series. [Tryon 2016 Summer Series Announces Competition Upgrades]

Retired Racehorse Project is throwing a hoedown after Rolex cross country, and you’ll want to be there. Hagyard is hosting the hoedown for the benefit of the RRP, where a $50 admission (or $35 for RRP members) will get you an open bar and live music from the Steve Norman & Shades of Grass band. Starting at 6 pm just a few short miles from the Horse Park, the Hoedown promises to provide a full-evening’s worth of entertainment alongside the likes of Phillip Dutton, Rosie Napravnik, Chris McCarron and Graham Motion. [Hoedown for Hagyard] [RRP Rolex Activities]

EN is delighted to host an online auction on behalf of Carolina International for a beautiful custom jump, with proceeds benefitting Hearts 4 Heroes United States. H4HUS provides equine-assisted and canine-assisted therapy to U.S. veterans and active duty military suffering from physical and psychological impairments. [Auction]

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]