Wednesday News & Notes from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces

Ashley Emersen Stanka embraces the Halloween spirit at Holly Hill. Photo by Ann McKnight Switalski. Ashley Emersen Stanka embraces the Halloween spirit at Holly Hill. Photo by Ann McKnight Switalski.

The above costume is particularly timely as we finally reach the last week of the 2016 presidential election. No matter what candidate you choose to vote for, it’s our civic duty as Americans to partake in the election process, so make sure that if you are registered, you vote! I always say, if you don’t vote, you can’t complain about the result, so vote if only to be able to voice your opinions for the next four years! And the biggest plus of ending the election? No more political ads in the mail, on the television, plastered on social media. Instead we’ll be inundated with Christmas season.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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

Full Gallop Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Willow Draw Charity  H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

If you haven’t been able to catch Valegro in person, Olympia is your last chance. Horse and Hound is sponsoring a contest to give away two tickets to Olympia on December 13th and 14th to see Valegro’s retirement, along with various other perks. There is no cost to enter, but you must do so by November 6th. Travel costs are not included, but if you’re based in Britain or perhaps willing to cross the pond, this contest is for you. [Win Tickets to Valegro’s Retirement]

Volunteer extraordinaire Donald Trotter goes big with everything he does. After working for United Nations, Donald got into breeding after his wife introduced him to performance horses, breeding the Sunsprite horses often found competing on the West Coast. In 2009, he took his first stint volunteering as Ring Steward and now can be found traveling up and down the West Coast managing warm-up rings.  [USEA Volunteer of the Month]

SmartPak Product of the Day: This Rambo quarter sheet is hands down one of my favorites to use in the fall and winter after the horses have a clip. Stretchy, sturdy, an cozy, this sheet moved with the horse without sliding around. Traditionally offered in a striking striped pattern, it now comes in a solid navy color if stripes aren’t your bag.  [SmartPak]

Wednesday Video: Why do top professionals choose footing from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces? David O’Connor explains: