Thursday News & Notes from SmartPak

Photo courtesy of Diane McKay

Photo courtesy of Diane McKay

We love this photo submitted by Diane McKay, of J. Michael Plumb pulling a Heidi Klum for Halloween in an unintentional manner. On October 31st, he received a surprise from his students when they all showed up dressed exactly like him. The 11 members came wearing his signature ball cap, sunglasses and riding clothes. Mr. Plumb is a good sport and was all smiles! Picture left to right is: Shellie Sommerson, Mary Warlick, Kayleigh Wachter, Christy Gavin, Rachel King, J. Michael Plumb, Elle Dembosky, Hayley Smith, Colette Leber, Tammy Leber, Lynn McGugan, Rachel Jurgens, and Gunner the dog.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Full Moon Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

River Glen Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Poplar Place Farm November  H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

News From Around the Globe:

We are officially one month away from the 2016 Annual Meeting and Convention will take place December 7-11, 2016 at the Diplomat Spa and Resort in Fort Lauderdale, FL. With William Fox-Pitt as the keynote speaker, a show jumping clinic with Richard Jeffries, and an emphasis on the adult amateur this year, it’s a convention you won’t want to miss. If you haven’t already booked your tickets and your hotel, hop to it! [USEA 2016 Convention]

Are you ready for these incredible horses that are already winning “Movember”? A few weeks ago I saw that Horse & Hound sent out a plea for photos of horses with amazing mustaches, and let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed. I have one that usually sports a rather bushy schnoz, but I had just clipped it all off! [Horse Mustache Envy Commence]

Retiring a sport horse can be a tricky thing, as you can’t just throw him/her out in the giant field and walk away. Horses don’t know about retirement, and if they’ve had a job for a long time, they don’t particularly enjoy being ignored suddenly, or adjust to the life of a field pony right away. If you’ve got a horse that is approaching retirement age, or plan on keeping your horse until the end of his days, organizing his retirement is an important step for both of your futures. [Retiring a Show Horse]

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