Thursday News & Notes from SmartPak

Photo via Snarky Rider FB.

Photo via Snarky Rider FB.

Faster than a speeding Ford Escort! More powerful than a John Deer! Able to leap tall fences at a single bound! Please tell me that you’re looking at the horse above and laughing your butt off, because that’s what I’m doing every time I see that picture. Look. At. His. Face!

Anyway, dressage at Boekelo begins today, and the first American on the docket is Tiana Coudray with Kinnordy Rivaldo at 9:35 (3:35 a.m. EST) followed by Liz Halliday and Fernhill By Night at 1:42 (7:42 a.m. EST). Be sure to keep an eye on the live scores to cheer on our American competitors, and click here to watch the live stream.

North American Weekend Preview:

Course Brook Farm Fall H.T. [Website]

Radnor Hunt H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Maryland at Loch Moy H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Middle Tennessee Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Greenwood Farm Fall H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status]

FEI Global Weekend Preview:

Weston Park (GBR) CCI1/2* [Website]

Boekelo CCIO3* [Website] [Ride Times] [Live Scores] [Live Stream]

News From Around The Globe:

Boyd Martin’s Windurra USA is holding a stadium schooling show today for Intro to Advanced levels. Rounds are just $25. Rides times are: Intro 8:30-9:45 a.m., Beginner Novice 9:45-11 a.m., Novice 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Training 12:15-1:30 p.m., Prelim 1:30-2:45 p.m., Intermediate 2:45-3:45 p.m., Advanced 3:45-4:45 p.m., Novice (for after school crew) 4:45-6 p.m. GPS directions: 2027 Gap Newport Pike, Cochranville, PA 19330. [Schooling Show]

Thoroughbred champion Cigar died on Tuesday at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital from complications following surgery for severe osteoarthritis in his neck. Cigar won a total of 19 races, including an incredible SIXTEEN in a row, and set the record for earnings (at that time) with $9,999,815. He raced well into his adult years, winning Horse Of The Year in 1995 and 1996. Unfortunately, due to arthritis in his neck, Cigar developed several very severe compressions of the spinal cord, and surgery was deemed the best possible route to improve his life. However, he suffered a vertebral fracture during recovery and passed away. [Cigar Dies Following Surgery]

Britain has a strong team for the final Nations Cup competition at Military Boekelo-Enschede this weekend. The team is thus: Sarah Bullimore riding Lilly Corinne, Emilie Chandler riding Coopers Law, Laura Collett riding Grand Manoevre and Gemma Tattersall riding Dinky Inky. With this competition as the last leg in the nine-event series, Team GB is lying in second place, just 10 points shy of Germany in first. The winning team is awarded 11 points, and a strong performance is necessary regardless, as France is sitting just four points below in third place. [British Nations Cup Team Announced]

A great opportunity is coming up! There will be a one-day clinic at True Prospect Farm on Nov. 7. Weather permitting they will do flat, stadium and cross country. If heavy rain, there will be flat and stadium in the indoor. Please email Karen Rubin at [email protected] for an application and more information. A limited number of riders will be accepted, with small groups starting at Beginner Novice.

Calling all clipping artistes! You know it’s that time of the year again, because I’ve already clipped my horse once, and you can’t even tell. Gross! However, it’s time for you to show off your clipping skills! Send me photos and a short description of you and your horse. Send me big photos! Do something cool like make your horse look like a zebra. Or clip something really intricate into his booty. Become famous on EN! [Clipping Creations: Email Kate!]

In honor of the recently deceased Cigar, I give you one of his most fabulous races (although it’s hard to choose with a horse like that). Look at him cooly pull away in the stretch! That was his 16th win IN A ROW!

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