Thursday News & Notes from SmartPak

It wouldn't be Boyd if he didn't share pictures of his grossly bruised arm post surgery.

It wouldn’t be Boyd if he didn’t share pictures of his grossly bruised arm post surgery.

There’s this weird thing with Eventers about going hard all the time, and being strangely proud of how much we can take while still getting the job done. I have to constantly remind myself that not all riders are like this, and especially when I’m teaching lessons to less experienced riders, I have to check myself because my instinct is to push for the biggest best and most fun, while sometimes just taking it down a notch is maybe a little better idea. I mean, who posts gory photos like Boyd Martin and totally loves it? Eventers.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse Winter II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Paradise Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Fresno County Horse Park CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

News From Around the Globe:

Horse Sport Ireland has named ten riders and 14 horses to the squad for Rio 2016. The final team selection will be made by Nick Turner from this group, which features Aoife Clark, Austin O’Connor and Joseph Murphy with two horses apiece, as well as riders Sam Watson, Jonty Evans, Mark Kyle and Michael Ryan alongside a few newcomers. [Irish Squad for Rio Announced]

Did you know that you can protect your racehorse from re-entering the racing world with a simple form from the Jockey Club? The “Sold As Retired from Racing” form follows a rule by the same name established in 2013, and it officially logs a horse with The Jockey Club as permanently retired from racing. Completed and signed by both the buyer and the seller within 60 days of the purchase, this status has no impact upon the horse’s ability to produce registered thoroughbreds for the future, or compete in any other disciplines. Many responsible owners want to ensure that their horse is protected from racing again down the line, and this is a handy solution. [Sold as Retired]

The third annual Ocala Horse Properties Eventing Prix International is right around the corner. Hosted by Southern Cross Equestrian on March 7th and 8th, the event is proving to be very popular not only with Eventers, but all horse lovers alike. Riders from the US, Canada, England and New Zealand will compete over Mark Donovan’s 1.30 meter course, many using it as an official team competition. Your favorite eventing news site will even be hosting a live stream, and your favorite editor in chief will be announcing! [VIP Tables in High Demand for Eventing Prix]

The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program has announced the addition of a Youth Ambassador Program for 2016. A Youth Ambassador represents TIP and the Thoroughbred breed at his or her local barn, shows, competitions, or at any other activities he or she may participate in. This year’s ambassadors are Amber Longreen (Pennsylvania), Calista Plante (Maryland), Calvary Fielden (Florida), Caroline Kingsbury (Maryland), Chloe Bellerive (Maryland), Dalton Furkis (Michigan), Ella Sciog (Florida), Emily Zuercher (Florida), Gabriela Ortiz (Texas), Katie Hanson (Georgia), Rebecca O’Neill (Alberta), and Teri Simone (Ontario). [TIP Youth Ambassadors]

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