Wednesday News and Notes from SmartPak

Serendipity enjoying some down time in the warmth of the sun at Sunset Hill at McCuan Farms. Photo by Kaitlyn Goodman Serendipity enjoying some down time in the warmth of the sun at Sunset Hill at McCuan Farms. Photo by Kaitlyn Goodman

There are very few things that will warm you heart more than getting a picture from a friend of your horse enjoying their life. Knowing she is hanging in the field, enjoying her down time and looking content hits me right in the feels. This picture of Serendipity (aka Beans) couldn’t have come at a more perfect time as I had just put in a full day at the farm and was looking for motivation to tack up and ride.

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Wednesday News and Notes:

Youth Council Formed: The USEA has announced the formation of a youth council that will represent the youth in the sport of Eventing. Jenny Caras, Jacob Fletcher, Caroline Martin, and Lizzie Snow make up the current council. There will be a meet and greet at the USEA Convention on Friday, December 4th from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. hosted by the Youth Council and all are encouraged to stop in and learn more about the new council. [USEA Announces Formation of Youth Council]

New Website for Unwanted Horse Coalition: The UHC has launched a new website which has a mix of old and many new features. The new site, like the old one, will have links to additional resources including feed and hay banks, gelding and health care voucher programs, and organizations that offer grants.  Educational brochures and handbooks will be available for download from the site as well as links to books for sale with proceeds benefiting Operation Gelding. [Unwanted Horse Coalition]

Horse Radio Network Radiothon: The 12 Hour Live HRN Holiday Radiothon is Nov. 30, 2015 (Cyber Monday) from 9am-9pm Eastern. Holiday fun, prizes and special guests including American Pharoah’s trainer Bob Baffert and singing legend Charlie Daniels. [HRN Holiday Radiothon]

Hunkapi is Looking for Help: Hunkapi is a therapeutic riding and equine assisted psychotherapy program located in Scottsdale Arizona. Despite moving to their current farm less than a year ago, Hunkapi Farm has hit a road block with their neighbors as well as zoning issues. These issues are causing Hunkapi to look elsewhere for a new farm to call home. They are asking for any and all support especially in these tough times. [Hunkapi Farms]

The Queen Turns 90 In Royal Fashion: The queen will be turning 90 next May with festivities lasting 4 nights. 25,000 tickets have been made available for this prestigious event slated to take place on the private grounds of Home Park Private, Windsor Castle. Each night 1500 participants from around the world and more than 900 horses will tell the story of the queens life from birth to Coronation and her subsequent royal rein. There will be special mention to the Queens horses, ponies and dogs. [900 horses for Queen’s 90th Birthday]

SmartPak Product of the Day: I don’t know about you, but my mare has already grown in what seems like another full coat of winter fuzz making another clip job on the to do list. With horse hair battle 2.0 on the cusp of fruition, a new pair of Oster Clipmaster clipper blades from SmartPak is a true must. [SmartPak]

Wednesday Video Break: 

Taking a trip down memory lane, here is a video of Theodore O’Connor and Karen O’Connor at the 2007 Rolex Three Day Event.