Wednesday News & Notes from Haygain

I just canNOT with baby photos of eventual five-star winners. The latest winner, Jonelle Price’s Pau partner, the 11-year-old KWPN mare Grappa Nera, is the latest to grace the Instagram feed thanks to Jet Hoekstra’s epic photo archives. (Can’t see the embedded Instagram post above? Click here.)

And in case you wanted more Grappa Nera content (who doesn’t?), here’s a peek at her winning the 5 Year Old British Championship with Alex Postolowsky.

U.S. Weekend Preview

Galway Downs International Three-Day Event (Temecula, CA): [Website] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

The VHT International & H.T. (Lexington, VA): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Full Gallop Farm November H.T. (Aiken, SC): [Website] [Volunteer]

Rocking Horse Fall H.T. (Altoona, FL): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Scoring] [Volunteer]

Texas Rose Horse Park Fall H.T. (Tyler, TX): [Website] [Entries] [Ride Times] [Volunteer] [Scoring]

Wednesday News & Reading

The Nation Media Holiday Gift Guide, 12 Days of Giveaways, and Give Back Week are coming soon! If you’ve got a brand that would be a great fit for our Holiday Gift Guide (which will be produced in downloadable format this year with sections for both eventers as well as horse enthusiasts of all types), you’ll definitely want to sign up here for the full information drop on November 7.

SmartPak’s 15% off holiday sale ends today! You can shop with code Holiday22 to save 15% on your order. [Click here to visit SmartPak]

Galway Downs beckons! There are two more 4*-L events on the calendar before the season is fully up, and Galway’s is the first this weekend. Learn more about the field and what else is going on in southern California here.

Elisa Wallace was the inspiration for now-15-year-old Tayah Fuller to compete in the Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover. “I would watch all of her YouTube videos, and she was going to RRP constantly with different horses,” Tayah told Paulick Report‘s Natalie Voss. “That looked so cool, bringing racehorses to an event. I’d study her videos and I’d go in my yard and set up hurdles and gymnastics and doing them on foot. I looked a little insane. I’d have my grandmother announce, ‘Tayah Fuller at RRP!’” Relatable, am I right? Read the full story of Tayah’s fulfilled dreams here.

After nine riders activated the front or back (or both) MIM-clipped rails at an open corner late on the Pau cross country last weekend, many are sharing opinions and renewing calls for the instatement of an appeal system. Indeed, an 11-point pin penalty would take away the lead and a potential win for Swiss rider Felix Vogg. Read the full recap here.

Tack Facts with Sterling Essentials: Did you know Sterling Essentials helps you care for your bits, too? And you wouldn’t want to put just any bit cleaner to use – after all, that bit has to go in your horse’s mouth, which means nasty, harsh chemicals are out. The pure. Bit Wipes from Sterling Essentials might be just the ticket – and they come in a peppermint or a cinnamon option. Learn more here.

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Wednesday Video Break

Because there is no such thing as too much Shetland Steeplechase content, let’s be honest: