Tuesday News and Notes from Cavalor

Daniel Sarango and Michael Pollard show off their Spartan pride. Photo courtesy of Spartan Race Facebook Page. Daniel Sarango and Michael Pollard show off their Spartan pride. Photo courtesy of Spartan Race Facebook Page.

Jumping obstacles, slogging through mud, and pushing one’s strength, speed and endurance to the limits are all part of eventing. It comes as no surprise that eventers Daniel Sarango and Michael Pollard also seek thrills at events like Spartan Race, a series of intense obstacle races.

What other sports or activities do you use to increase your fitness and have fun? Share your stories and photos in the comments below!

Events Opening Today: King Oak Farm Spring H.T. (MA, A-1), Jersey Fresh International Three-day Event (NJ, A-2), Plantation Field H.T. (PA, A-2), WindRidge Farm Horse Trials (NC, A-2), Mill Creek Pony Club H.T. at Longview  (MO, A-4), Galway Downs Spring H.T. (CA, A-6), Winona Horse Trials (OH, A-8)

Events Closing Today: Plantation Field H.T. (PA, A-2), Ocala Horse Properties International 3-Day Festival of Eventing (FL, A-3), FENCE H.T. (SC, A-3), Pine Hill Spring H.T. (TX, A-5), Twin Rivers Spring Three-Day Event & H.T. (CA, A-6), Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (KY, A-8)

News and Notes:

Rally for Rolex: Angela Grzywinski is holding an online auction to raise funds to help send her and Nouvelle to their first CCI4* at Rolex this spring. Some of the amazing items and opportunities offered in the auction include a private lesson with Tamra Smith, a gorgeous classical guitar, a Rolex admission package, and a set of Majyk boots. Click here for an informational flyer on Angela’s auction. Go Angela and Nouvelle!

Lexi and George, a love story: The Ontario SPCA is hoping to rehome Lexi, a nine-year-old draft cross, and her alpaca companion George. Officials say that Lexi is nervous and has had minimal handling, but having George around helps her relax. The OSPCA would like to find a home for the odd couple to go together. [Horsetalk: Bid to rehome nervous mare with her faithful alpaca friend]

Past winners among 2015 Badminton entries: This year, 2014 champs Sam Griffiths and Paulank Brockagh will defend their against other past Badminton winners, including Jock Paget, Mary King, Pippa Funnell, Andrew Hoy, Mark Todd, Paul Tapner, Oliver Townend, and William Fox-Pitt. See the full list of entries here. [Horse & Hound: Badminton Horse Trials entries released]

Be a part of the Flying Deer Syndicate: Lynn Symansky announced yesterday that she is offering syndicate shares for Donner, aka the Flying Deer, her OTTB partner in crime. “I truly believe that Donner is the ‘people’s horse,’” Lynn said. “I have tried to structure the syndicate so that it is affordable to a wide range of eventing enthusiasts.” To learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, visit Lynn’s website. [Eventing Nation: Lynn Symansky to Syndicate Donner]

SmartPak Product of the Day: Ahh, March – that lovely mix between winter and spring, where it’s (sometimes) warm enough to ride without a jacket yet (sometimes) too chilly for short sleeves. Enter the new Wear Around Sweater by SmartPak. This soft, cottony blend will keep you warm and comfortable in the saddle, and the flattering two-tone pattern and V-neck gives you a stylish look when you’re out and about.