Thursday News & Notes from SmartPak

Photo submitted by EN reader Mari Heybroek.

Photo submitted by EN reader Mari Heybroek.

What’s that? You still think all thoroughbreds are crazy? Here is example one of a million that they aren’t: the above photo is EN reader Mari Heybroek with her 19 month old son, Oscar, riding a craaazzy thoroughbred! Oscar rode OTTB Chip in his very first show, in the trot poles class (although admittedly they mostly walked), and his mother hopes he will be an eventer when he grows up. Chip and Oscar were competing at a show organized by Skyline Eventing in efforts to raise money for a new cross country course in Mount Pleasant, Utah. A great cause for eventers out there, and future eventers too!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Pine Top Spring H.T.  [Website] [Omnibus] [Entry Status]

MeadowCreek Park H.T.  [Website] [Omnibus] [Ride Times]

Full Gallop Farm March I H.T.  [Website] [Omnibus] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Copper Meadows H.T. [Website] [Omnibus] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

News From Around The Globe:

Don’t forget to enter this week’s awesome Fab Freebie from SaddleLockers! Here’s your chance to win a prize pack of swag, courtesy of SaddleLockers, Ogilvy, and Higher Standards Leather Care. Entries close Friday at midnight EST and we’ll be announcing the winner in Friday’s News & Notes. [Fab Freebie: SaddleLockers]

Planning on competing at a CCI3* or CCI4* this spring? Don’t forget that you might be eligible for a Spring Grant from the USEF! Entries are due on FRIDAY, so if you want to go to Rolex, Jersey Fresh, Badminton, Saumur, Bromont, Bramham or Luhmuhlen this year, get your application in on time. [USEF Spring Grant Applications]

StartBox Scoring LLC is teaming up with the U.S. Pony Clubs to deliver even more awesome instant online scores. The new system will provide support for the Pony Club Team Competitions and Horse Management scoring, enabling all new live results for competitors, spectators and parents. Eventing is leading the way as the first discipline to incorporate the new integration, beginning in the July 2015 Pony Club East and West Championships. Dressage and Hunter/Jumper shows will be following in 2016. [Pony Club & StartBox Scoring: A Match Made in Heaven]

Just in time for their event this weekend, Copper Meadows has unveiled not one, but TWO new websites! The ever popular competition has been aching for a website makeover, and now it’s finally here. There’s not a lot of things more satisfying than an easily navigated website with all your competition information at the tip of your fingers. [Copper Meadows Official Sites]


Drooling with Charlotte DuJardin riding this young stallion Tørveslettens Fifty-Fifty….

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