Wednesday News and Notes from SmartPak

'Tis the season! Photo via Megan Lynn's FB page. 'Tis the season! Photo via Megan Lynn's FB page.

Megan Lynn’s off track Thoroughbred Zeke made her young relative’s day when he showed up with Rudolph attire and Santa’s bag of toys. Despite being 17.2 hands and known for having a bit of an opinion, Zeke is really a big sweetheart. Every misfit has their day, and this horse got to show off his gentler side in fine fashion, being a fantastic sport about a big red nose and antlers.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Sigh. Still nothing.

Congratulations to Emily McPeters, yesterday’s 12 Days of Christmas winner! Emily is the new owner of a Success Equestrian saddle pad of her choice, and we think she will love it! [12 Days of Christmas: Success Equestrian]

The Budweiser Clydesdales aren’t your typical sporthorses. While we generally don’t think of full Clydesdales as prime eventing prospects, the Budweiser Clydesdales earn their keep. These horses are on the road 320 days a year, most of the time with limited turnout. Between the hard travel and tough work being part of the hitch, Budweiser makes sure these gentle giants get treated like royalty. [Behind the Stall Door]

Finding a new trainer is often a difficult task. As someone who has moved around quite a bit and had to start over often, it’s crucial for me to find good instruction quickly. Lauren Sprieser lays out her criteria for making sure that your trainer can help you do what you’ve set out to accomplish.  [What Makes the Best in the Business]

You know winter is upon us when these stories pop up. This is a quiz to guess which hands belong to which top rider, all of whom are British. Surprisingly, some are quite easy, but I’ll admit that it took me four or five tries to get others. It’s a good link to divert yourself for five minutes or so. [Quiz: Name These Top Riders By Their Hands]

Cecily Clark, married to Matt Brown, has some clipping tips. Some of you have already clipped your horse numerous times, while others are contemplating doing it soon. Cecily Clark, an integral part of East West Training Stables, has some good advice for you. [Tips and Tricks]

SmartPak Product of the Day: It’s not yet cold where I am, but it’s going to be. These gloves from SSG take care of not only the cold, but also the rain. [SmartPak]

RNS is starting to upload videos from the Retired Racehorse Thoroughbred Project, and I quite enjoy this one with Tik Maynard and Mr. Pleasantree performing sans bridle.