Thursday News & Notes from SmartPak

It's finally green in VA!!! It's finally green in VA!!!

There’s nothing like the first week that it greens up in the spring. The grass suddenly takes on a brilliant bright green, the deciduous trees start to sprout little tendrils, and the cherry blossoms explode everywhere. Of course, this is also accompanied by horses that are either A) shedding B) covered in mud C) exhibiting spring fever or D) all of the above. I’ve resigned myself to being grungy, but I’m still happy!

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Plantation Field H.T. [Website] [Omnibus] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Ocala H.T. & CCI   [Website] [Omnibus] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

FENCE H.T.  [Website] [Omnibus] [Entry Status]

Pine Hill H.T.  [Website] [Omnibus] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Twin Rivers H.T., CIC, & CCI  [Website] [Omnibus] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

News From Around The Globe:

The Brits are taking over Rolex (again). Zara Phillips is making her Rolex debut, riding High Kingdom in slot number 66, with fellow rookie Francis Whittington riding a bit before her in slot 32. William Fox Pitt is entered on three horses, but only plans to run Freddie Mac (42) and previous winner Bay My Hero (82). Nicola Wilson will be first Brit in the ring with Watermill Vision in slot eight and 77 with Annie Clover. [British Coming to Rolex]

Win a $250 voucher to Bit of Britain?? There’s not a lot better than free stuff, especially when you get to pick everything that you want! In order to enter this contest, you have to trade your helmet for a thinking cap, and create the perfect name for your dream horse using only the letter for the studs that BOB sells. Winners announced in July! [Contest Rules] [Enter Here]

Giddyup Gear has announced the beginning of their #giddyuptorolex contest! Not only can you win VIP XC tickets to Rolex, but you can also score a GoVelope Pro, some GoSocks, and some general admission tickets with access to the awesome Giddyup Gear tailgate. All you have to do is tweet, Facebook, Instagram, Pin or whatever suits you with why you want to go to Rolex, and hashtag #giddyuptorolex and #rk3de and you’re entered! [Giddyup Gear Rolex Contest]

Many of your fellow Eventers participated in a study from KER this spring with their new heart rate monitor system. Now, they are offering an educational talk about the findings and it’s timed perfectly for Rolex! They tracked the fitness of dozens of Eventing horses and racehorses, and the president of KER invites you to learn. Tuesday April 21st, sign up now! [KER Fitness Gurus]

Heading to Rolex, and thinking of questions for your favorite rider or groom? You’re in luck! The PRO Rider & Groom Q & A for spectators at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event will be held one hour after the final horse completes cross country on Saturday, April 25th. Join the panel of North American and International Riders and Grooms at the Trot Up Lane.

KER is delighted to announce their partnership with Evention stars Dom and Jimmie Schramm! As Jimmie heads for her very first CCI4* at Rolex this spring, the partnership could not have come at a better time. “We have known KER and Dr. Joe Pagan for a long time, and have previously reached out to KER for assistance any time our horses weren’t looking or performing their best,” said Jimmie Schramm. “The advice we receive from KER has always been excellent and produced real results. We’re very excited to move forward with a formal partnership and spread the word to all equestrians about the resources available to them through KER.” [KER & Schramm Equestrian]

Best of Blogs: “But I Wanted A Beginner Safe Horse!”

logo_600x100 SmartPak