Thursday News & Notes from SmartPak

This is how Dom Schramm teaches cross country in the Hitchcock Woods. Photo courtesy of Dom.

This is how Dom Schramm teaches cross country in the Hitchcock Woods. Photo courtesy of Dom.

Yesterday, the local fox hunt came through my farm, and in a rather crazy way, went careening through the main barn and paddock facilities, hounds and all swarming through the fields. I was trapped in the arena lunging a horse that had recently come off stall rest (that was fun, let me tell you) and I had no chance to grab Nyls out of the field, which I would have because he is DEATHLY AFRAID of fox hunting. At the sound of the first horn, or the first howl, he begins trembling from head to toe, and stops blinking completely. This happened at 10am, and he didn’t really recover all day. At 9pm, I return to the barn for night checks, only to find Nyls standing in the corner of his stall, tense and tight and still refusing to blink. This is how I spent an hour sitting in his stall so that he would put his head down, breathe, and maybe eat some hay. Example 1,468 of why Nyls only survives life because of extreme personal attention and being spoiled.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Morven Park H.T.  [Website] [Omnibus] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Rocking Horse Spring H.T.  [Website] [Omnibus] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Full Gallop March II H.T.  [Website] [Omnibus] [Entry Status]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T.  [Website] [Omnibus] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Galway Downs H.T. & CIC  [Website] [Omnibus] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

News From Around The Globe:

Heading to Rolex this year? Be sure to enter our first Rolex lead-up contest presented by Tipperary! Send us a photo of your Rolex tickets, and get creative with your photo! The voted winner will receive a brand new T-series helmet from Tipperary. Last day to enter is Saturday! [Show Us Your Rolex Tickets, Presented by Tipperary]

In an all new bonehead move, an Arizona state bill proposes that horses are not animals. HB2150 separates poultry and livestock from animal cruelty statutes, so that they are effectively excluded from the definition of animals found in Arizona’s criminal code. Since they will no longer be considered animals, the 13 categories of animal abuse currently on the books will no longer protect these animals. [Lawmakers Say Horses Aren’t Animals]

Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro are heading to Las Vegas next month, and it’s not for gambling. They are going to defend their Reem Acra FEI World Cup title on the 15-19 of April, and everybody is wondering: can anybody beat them? This pair is the current World, Olympic and European champions, as well as holding the high score records for just a few things at Grand Prix. My vote is no, nobody can beat them, and they will crush all comers once again. [Can Anybody Beat Charlotte and Valegro?]

I’ve already pre-ordered this book, and I can’t wait to get it next month! The indefatigable Emma Ford and Cat Hill have created what is promising to be the best book on grooming, presentation and horse care that this world has ever seen. Anybody who knows me, knows that I’m a maniac about how my horses look, and I’m sure this book will only make me more maniacal. In the meantime, check out Emma and Cat’s new website! [World Class Grooming]

If you’d like to get some personal Evention lessons, Buffalo Run Farm is hosting a Dom Schramm clinic in May. Held on the 16th and 17th of May in Bellefonte PA, Buffalo Run offers this clinic to horses and riders of all levels, and has extended the initial deposit date to March 30th, as they still have some spots open. Contact Jennifer Neely for more information.[Buffalo Run Farm]

An Infographic: On Why You Should Be Wearing A Helmet

A fun video of the original “Big Red”:

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