Thursday News & Notes from SmartPak

Leslie Law & Tre de Kernet. Photo by Christine Quinn.

It’s never too early to think about the fall season! Stable View’s Oktoberfest 2018 is forecast to be one of the East Coast’s major contributions to rider’s preparations for Fair Hill. The combination of over $75,000 in prize money including Land Rover/Jaguar leases for the winners of Stable View’s first CIC3*, 2* and 1*,  with world renowned course designers and elegant setting, will set the stage for Stable View’s first FEI level Horse Trials.

Positioned three weeks before the Fair Hill CCI3*, Stable View’s Oktoberfest is the ideal event for horse and rider combinations to test their preparedness for Fair Hill. Captain Mark Phillips cross country courses are always challenging, asking technical questions for the upper levels. International show jumping course designer Mark Donovan will be designing the show jumping courses for all levels.

Intended to be run over three days, and depending on entries, possibly four, Stable View will also run all of the national levels, BN through Advanced. All divisions will receive prize money to third place.

National Holiday: National Everything You Think Is Wrong Day

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Pine Top Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Ocala Winter II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

MeadowCreek Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Copper Meadows Winter H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

The YEH seminar is coming to the west coast! The USEA announced that Twin Rivers Ranch in Paso Robles, California will be hosting a Young Event Horse seminar to instruct judges, competitors, owners, breeders, and anyone else involved or interested in the program in the new judging and scoring system that was introduced at the beginning of 2018. [YEH Meets West Coast]

For your weekly educational video, we bring you Buck Davidson coaching a group of riders in California over jumps. Buck coached the riders through a course containing a series of exercises designed to build confidence and sharpen fundamental skills prior to competing at an event. He emphasized the importance of riding forward, having a good canter, riding a proper line, and moving the horse’s shoulders to maintain straightness and a true connection through the outside rein. [Eventing Training Online]

A lot of times, when you’re buying an OTTB, a conformation photo is all you get before you make the decision. Therefore, the ability to have a little knowledge of what you’re looking for before you buy is a great skill for every horse man and woman. This OTTB Critique from the USEA features Another Gulch, and he is reviewed by John Michael and Kimmy Durr of Durr Eventing. [OTTB Critique: Another Gulch]

Jumper Nation Jamz: Greys For Days

TBT 2017 Oktoberfest with the OG Joanie Morris: