Monday News & Notes from SmartPak

Cpl. Fitzpatrick and Cpt. Cruz cheer on Chloe Smyth as she tackles Copper Meadows all the way from Bahrain! Photo courtesy of Chloe Smyth. Cpl. Fitzpatrick and Cpt. Cruz cheer on Chloe Smyth as she tackles Copper Meadows all the way from Bahrain! Photo courtesy of Chloe Smyth.

I got to experience my first West Coast event this weekend as nearly 200 competitors gathered in Ramona, California for Copper Meadows Horse Trials. With divisions ranging from Intro to CIC3*, it was a busy weekend with plenty of action to see — including a bomb competitor’s party!

Even with all of the spectacular upper level action going on, one of my favorite moments of the weekend was a quiet moment spent back in the barns with Hawley Bennett’s newly minted Intermediate horse, High Duty, while I iced his legs. High Duty rested his head in my arms and took a nap, and it was a moment of reflection on how incredible these animals truly are. It is these moments I am most thankful for — the moments of peace in a troubled and difficult world.

Weekend Results:

Bromont CCI:  Final Scores,  EN’s Coverage

Bramham: Final Scores

Valinor Farm H.T. [Scores]

Larkin Hill H.T. [Scores]

Plantation Field June H.T. [Scores]

River Glen June H.T. [Scores]

Roebke’s Run CCI, CIC & H.T. [Scores]

Queeny Park H.T. [Scores]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. [Scores]

Copper Meadows H.T.  [Scores]

Aspen Farms H.T. [Scores]

Derbyshire Farms H.T. [Scores]

News & Notes:

The Cooley name is a popular one in the eventing world, and for good reason. Cooley Farm horses absolutely dominated the standings at Tattersalls last weekend, with horses with this breeding signature finished in the top three in every division. How’s that for consistency? [Cooley Farm]

Andreas Dibowski is coming to the States! Andreas will be teaching a clinic in Tryon, North Carolina at the Trakehner Convention later on this year. All levels are welcome, and registration is now open. [Andreas Dibowski Clinic]

How many of us have had some, er, entertaining comments from our dressage judges? Here is a whole list, we’re sure you can relate! [Dressage Judge Comments You Won’t Forget]

SmartPak Product of the Day: Here in California, it gets REALLY hot. Like, super hot. No humidity, granted, but you’re constantly trying to find innovative ways to keep yourself and your horses cool. At Copper Meadows this weekend, I was introduced to the Weatherbeeta Kool Coat. You’d never think to put a sheet on your horse when it’s hot, but trust me when I say that even in the heat we had this weekend, the Kool Coat did an excellent job of both shielding our horses from the sun and also keeping them clean! [Weatherbeeta Kool Coat Airstream]

Weekly Business Tip from Mythic Landing Enterprises:

Your website needs to be easy to navigate with clear menu bars. It is always better to have fewer, but better, pages, than to have too many pages that clutter your site and make it hard to navigate. And then make sure that your website is mobile compatible, which is quite easy to do with most web design programs these days.

Monday Video:

Check out some speedy cross country from Rachel McDonough and Irish Rhythm at Bromont this weekend!