I know Thanksgiving is not exactly about food, but really that all I think about. I spend most of the day thinking about how hungry I am and wishing it was dinner time. Then I eat, and think about how delicious food is. Then I am so full that I think about how I regret how much food I ate. Sound familiar to anyone?
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Thanksgiving means family, and there aren’t many eventers that don’t have a family member of the canine variety. This year World Equestrian Brands is sponsoring a contest for EN’s Thanksgiving Top Dog! So when you’re in your turkey coma, wake up long enough to snap a great picture of your canine companion in his own stupor. [Thanksgiving Top Dog]
Erin Rose is putting her psychology degree to good use. After two years working with adults with developmental disabilities, Erin was pondering a return to graduate school. Instead, a chance to be a groom for four-star eventer Jennie Brannigan fell into her lap, and Erin hasn’t looked back since. [Groom Spotlight]
Sibling rivalry is nothing new in horse sport. Most notable over here in America, we have Doug and Holly Payne, whose mother is the remarkable Marilyn Payne. Over in Britain, quite a few sets of siblings have figured out how to manage family versus competitive spirit, either working together or separately. [Make Some Early Ground Rules]
As events around the world are upping their game, Badminton has promised £100,000 in prize money to the winner. That’s up from the £80,000 that Michael Jung won last year, while the total prize pot will increase to £360,000. Hugh Thomas, the Badminton event director, states that the prize money will be split down to 20th place, and all pairs who finish the event will receive back their entry fee plus a bit. [Six Figure Prize]
SmartPak Product of the Day: The SmartPak 25 Days of Christmas has begun! Yesterday the sale was Piper breeches, what will today’s product be? Sign up with SmartPak and get notified each day! [SmartPak]
Wednesday Video: Why do top professionals choose footing from Attwood Equestrian Surfaces?