Thursday News & Notes from SmartPak

Best placed first timer pair after XC at Burghley: Hannah Sue & Harbour Pilot. Photo by Kate Samuels.

Best placed first timer pair after XC at Burghley: Hannah Sue & Harbour Pilot. Photo by Kate Samuels.

The weekend is nearly upon us, and one of the most highly anticipated fall competitions is happening up in Pennsylvania, starting today. I am, of course, talking about Plantation Field Horse Trials, which includes levels from Training through a CIC3*, which is pretty incredible by itself. Jenni will be on the grounds starting today, and will be assuredly bringing us hot and fast coverage on all the excitement. I’m not competing this weekend, because I have another challenge ahead of me, but I’ll tell you guys about that next week!

North American Weekend Preview:

Stoneleigh-Burnham School Fall H.T. [Website]

Plantation Field International CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Times] [Live Scores]

Marlborough H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Tryon Riding & Hunt Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Otter Creek Fall H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Twin Rivers Fall H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Times]

Stanton Farms H.T.  [Website]

Stone Gate Farm H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status]

FEI Global Weekend Preview:

Pompadour (FRA) CICYH1* [Website]

Ballindenisk (IRE) CCI1/2/3*, CIC1/2/3* [Website]

Vale Sabroso (POR) CCI2*, CIC1* [Website]

Pirassanunga SP (BRA) CCI1*, CIC2*

Hohenberg-Krusemark (GER) CCI2*

Gatcombe Park (GBR) CIC1/2* [Website]

Strzegom (POL) CCI1/2*, CIC1/2* [Website]

Varsseveld (NED) CIC1/2*

Segersjö (SWE) CIC1/2*

Montelibretti (ITA) CIC1/2/3* [Website]

Asian Games – Incheon (KOR) CCI1* [Website]

Pinjarra WA (AUS) CIC1/2/3*

News From Around The Globe:

For the first time, New York’s Central Park will play host to some of the best equestrian athletes in the world as they converge upon the inaugural Central Park Horse Show, running from September 18 through September 21. Wellington Equestrian Realty LLC (Wellington, Fl.) has announced its sponsorship of the event, which will feature a $210,000 Grand Prix, a Central Park Dressage Challenge, and a Polo Challenge.

As a part of their sponsorship, Wellington Equestrian Realty LLC will be offering a $5,000 Owner’s Award to the winning owner in the Central Park Dressage Challenge, slated to be held on September 20. “Our goal with the Owner’s Award is to give back to the owners of the sport, who are so important and instrumental,” Wellington Equestrian Realty’s Matt Varney said. “We will be offering a $5,000 donation to the charity of the winning owner’s choice, which is a great way to also give back to some of the great causes supported by so many in the equine world.”

The Owner’s Award will provide a natural segue into a similar offering at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fl., home base of Wellington Equestrian Realty LLC. [Central Park Horse Show] [Wellington Equestrian Realty]

With Washington D.C. in the hunt for the 2024 Olympics, Morven Park is amping up their potential as the host to the equestrian competitions. This week, they are breaking ground on a  whole new complex, including four new outdoor arenas, an indoor stadium complex, more barns and parking. They are also putting a ton of effort into restoring the current facilities, and I can’t wait to see the progress! [Morven Park Bids for 2024 Olympics]

Looking for a little extra practice before you head to Fair Hill in a month? Radnor Hunt Horse Trials has got your back, because they just added a combined test for the 2* and 3* levels JUST for you lucky folks who a prepping for a fall three-day. Also, there will be an outstanding pig roast right after the competition, so there’s that (free bbq and you can count me in!). [Radnor Hunt Horse Trials]

East and West coast travel grant applications are currently being accepted for USEF riders who wish to get a little boost in their efforts towards a fall three-day. Travel grants may be provided through the USET Foundation from the Jacqueline B. Mars Grant for a West Coast rider to travel East for the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill CCI3*. Additionally the USEF High Performance Committee has allocated Land Rover Competition Grants to support riders wishing to travel either to the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill CCI3* from the West Coast or to the Galway Downs CCI3* from the East Coast. They are due on September 26th! [Apply for Travel Grant Here]

Calling All SHN Success Stories! Horse shopping can be a long and stressful operation. Buyers want to find their perfect new partner, and sellers want their horses to go to the right home. If you used EN’s classified site Sport Horse Nation to find your new best eventing friend, we want to hear about it! Email [email protected] with “SHN Success Story” in the subject.

Shout out to my girl Kate Chadderton…who finally updated her website. It’s looking pretty snazzy, so check it out! [Kate Chadderton Eventing]

Here’s a great flashback: an interview with Andrew Nicholson from 1993, before he was the silver fox!


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