Thursday News & Notes from SmartPak


Several things must be noted about today: first, you are so welcome for that photo of Nyls and his disgusting teeth, as I know it’s a wonderful way to start the day, with a horse smile! I know he looks like he’s british (insert dentistry joke here), but in fact he is french, and clearly doesn’t floss. Second, today is Thursday, which means it is my day to go cross country schooling in preparation for Millbrook next week!! Nyls has been chilling all summer, as he doesn’t like the heat and the hard ground, and Millbrook officially starts our fall season, and is always one of my absolute favorites. But before that, I’ll be heading an hour north to see the Great Meadow WEG prep trial, so the next two weeks are ridiculously exciting all together.

Events This Weekend:

Great Meadow [Website] [Times]

Event at Rebecca Farm [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

Cobblestone Farms H.T. [Website]

Stoneleigh-Burnham Summer H.T [Website]

Horse Park of New Jersey H.T. II [Website] [Entry Status]

Valinor Farm Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

News From Around The Globe:

Britain announced their dressage team for the WEG this year, and there aren’t many surprises. They have chosen Charlotte Dujardin on Valegro, Michael Eilberg on Half Moon Delphi, Carl Hester with Nip Tuck, and Gareth Hughes with DV Stenkjers Nadonna. Who are you betting on, Germany or England? [Horse Talk NZ]

In the feel good adorable story of the day, check out this four year old OTTB mare and her eight year old child. Racehorse trainer Katie Peery had a special gift for her eight year old daughter on her birthday this year, and it came in the form of an adorable grey mare named Krypto.“What better present than an OTTB? I don’t often suggest a horse fresh off the track for a child, but in this case there is an incredible bond between my daughter and Krypto from the ground up. Krypto has this ‘kid mode’ when Elizabeth or my other daughter, five-year-old Pipa, are around her,” explained Katie. [Paulick Report]

The Queen of England is involved in a little doping scandal right now, as her horse tested positive for morphine this week. Estimate, a five year old grade-one winning mare, tested positive for the banned substance this Tuesday. She was second in this year’s Ascot Gold Cup a month ago, and might be disqualified from the race, as well as giving back £80,625 in prize money. However, don’t worry, it seems that the results are from eating contaminated feed, and the Queen won’t be in any trouble! [Horse & Hound]

Are you looking for some ways to improve your cross country results? How about some top tips from riders like Francis Whittington, Lucinda Green, Harry Meade and others? Yeah, I thought so. Cross country can be a tricky thing, sometimes only mastered with time and experience, but with the wise words of these incredible riders you can only get better. Check out this awesome list compiled by Horse & Hound. [Improve Your Cross Country Timing]

Woah woah woah let me have my nerd moment here…this girl won the NAJYRC dressage freestyle with a HARRY POTTER MUSICAL THEME??? 



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