Wednesday News and Notes from SmartPak

The view from the hill. Photo via Jessica Pye's FB page. The view from the hill. Photo via Jessica Pye's FB page.

The leaves, they are a’changin’. I’m about to have a whole boatload of friends and relatives visit from Texas. The timing couldn’t be more perfect, as the weather is temperate, the skies are blue, and the leaves are really starting to pop. Texas is not a place where you see many vibrant oranges and yellows on the trees come fall, so I can’t wait to see their faces as they take in the beauty of a Northeastern autumn.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Virginia H.T. & CCI/CIC [Website] [Entry Status]

Rocking Horse Fall H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status]

Full Gallop Farm Fall H.T.  [Website]

Pine Hill Fall H.T.  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Galway Downs H.T. & CCI  [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Riding in the indoor is a seasonal thing for some. Horse & Hound reminds us of nine things that we have to deal with while stuck in the indoor all winter. Some of these might only apply over in England, but I feel that my horse would agree with quite a lot of them… [9 Things You’ve Forgotten]

This week in Horse & Hound’s Numbers: The big number this week is zero, which is the number of British events left to run this year. That’s right, that’s a wrap for 2015 eventing over there! [Eventing in Numbers]

Alice Dunsdon is down under. Alice and Fernhill Present have made it to the Southern Hemisphere and are now slowly working their way through the quarantine process. This is very strict in Australia, with a ‘dirty side’ and ‘clean side’ of the facility, and absolutely no undersaddle work can be performed. [Quarantine’s Not a Prison Camp]

Get some education in before the winter. Are you looking to hone your winter jumping skills? Hawley Bennett-Awad is returning to Area IV November 6-8 for a three day dressage and show jumping clinic! Held at West End Farm in Kansas City, KS, Hawley will be offering private dressage lessons on Friday followed by small group jumping lessons on Saturday and Sunday. Limited spots and stalls are still available! For more information, please email [email protected]

Let’s make this sport safer. The Independent International Cross Country Safety Conference is officially a go. Open to anyone and everyone, this conference will be held on February 25 in Tattersalls, Ireland. The organizers are running a Kickstarter campaign to make sure that the conference is well attended and productive. [Conference Kick Starter]

FLAIR is giving away Galway General Admission tickets. Five pairs of tickets for the weekend are up for grabs and it’s super, super easy to enter. Just email [email protected] to enter. The drawing will be held on Thursday, October 29th at noon Pacific time. [Flair Nasal Strips]

SmartPak Product of the Day: I could not go about my daily business in the barn without my grooming stool. With a way to ‘step up to be tall’ and get at my horse’s ears and mane, as well a a compartment to keep all my dirty brushes in, the grooming stool is a must have. [SmartPak]

Phillip last visited Galway in 2012, when he brought Atlas to contest the CCI3*. Here’s a video of the pair through the sunken road then.