Sunday Links from SmartPak

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill, and what better to celebrate with than a “Who Jumped It Best: Crab Edition”. Always one to give into my biases, I’m a big fan of Allie Knowles’ Morswood and would therefore have to give my vote to him, but can we address how Jennie Saville is just chilling up there, cool as a cucumber, probably just thinking about crabs or the dichotomy of man?

Also, I’m of course a big fan of all jumps crab, corgi, duck, and the like… but the Maryland Crab here looks like he’s seen some things (just look at those undereye bags). That, or he hasn’t had a restful sleep since their first 5* event. Of course, both are likely true.

U.S. Weekend Action

Carriage House Farm Combined Test (Hugo, MN) [Website] [Entries]

Essex H.T. (Medford, NJ) [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

Genesee Valley Riding & Driving Club Spring H.T. (Geneseo, NY) [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

GMHA June H.T. (South Woodstock, VT) [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

IEA Horse Trials (Edinburgh, IA) [Website] [Entries/Ride Times/Scoring] [Volunteer]

MCTA H.T. at Shawan Downs (Cockeysville, MD) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Ocala Summer H.T. I (Ocala, FL) [Website] [Entries] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Poplar Place June H.T. (Hamilton, GA) [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

The Spring Event at Archer (Cheyenne, WY) [Website] [Entries / Ride Times / Scoring] [Volunteer]

Links to Start Your Sunday:

Pony ‘number two’, a back-up plan and more: nine things you might not know about new young rider champion Finn Healy

Kent Horse Trials planned for June 18th in Area I cancelled

Nine Lives That Show Boundless Spirit: the story of female jockey pioneer Julie Krone

Humble GS – A Strong Father Figure, Canadian bred stallion first to compete against two of his offspring

Unpopular Opinion: I Like When a Horse Knows It’s Okay to Say “No.”

Weekly Pick from SmartPak: We figured that since the SmartPak employees know their store best, they’d have the inside scoop on what were the best products at the LRK3DE booth. We asked 5 employees to pick out the product they use the most — their answers might surprise you!

Brigid Thompson holds the SmartTherapy CeramicBalance ThermoMesh Sheet.

Morning Viewing: Spring is quickly becoming my new favorite season thanks to my barn owner having a small breeding program. Her mares are making some darn cute babies (I’m talking leggy, dark, warmblood colts) and they’re being handled so well that they’re constantly asking for bum scritches or nose boops, and I just can’t be expected to act like a professional in this kind of environment. I’ll squish their little noses all day long and forget I even had a lesson scheduled.

Anyway, if that wasn’t enough to warm your heart for the week, here’s seven minutes of cuteness, courtesy of Elisa Wallace’s new baby “Toddy”.

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