Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

#sleepingsam. Photo via EquiRatings Instagram.

If you haven’t been following the EquiRatings Instagram, you are missing out. Apparently data crunching is exhausting because #sleepingsam is becoming a trend. Sam Watson has been spotted catching a nap on every mode of transportation in several different countries, and we’re beginning to think it’s time to hold a #whereswaldo contest to see who can catch him at it first.

Jenni, Sam and Diarm will all be together today at Tattersalls, where the action kicks off with the first horse inspection. Be sure to follow EN’s coverage all weekend as we follow the North American contingent competing in the CCI3*.

Tattersalls Links: Website, Entries & Live Scores, Live Stream, EN’s Coverage, EN’s Twitter, EN’s Instagram

U.S. Weekend Preview:

GMHA June H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

GVRDC Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Waredaca H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Poplar Place June H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

IEA H.T. & Classic 3DE [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Colorado Horse Park CCI/CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Everyone both hopes and dreads having the opportunity to mimic the great Mark Todd. Who doesn’t want to replicate his iconic Badminton round on Bernie Blunt? Here’s a list of others who have tried after tack malfunctions of various types on course. My personal favorite is the bridle that came off in the middle of the jumper round, while the rider was able to finish because the horse held onto the bit in his mouth. [8 Terrifying Moments]

It’s not always easy to balance being an amateur and an upper level eventer. That’s why Elizabeth Barron decided to take a break from competing while she concentrates on making partner at her law firm. After a strong competition career including a brush with making the Pan Ams team, Barron realized with the help of her trainer, that it was ok to just train and not to worry about competing. [From Team Dreams to Amateur Goals]

Podcast Alert: Eventing Podcast Previews Tattersalls. The usual suspects are back to preview the international cast for Tattersalls. It should be quite interesting to follow from this side of the pond with a healthy American contingent. [The Tattersalls Preview]

SmartPak Product of the Day: Depending on where you are, there’s either rain or bugs…or possibly both. The bugs are usually really bad in between the rain, so it’s almost impossible to turn the horses out without a fly sheet to keep off the worst of the insects. I really like this one from SmartPak, as it’s lightweight enough to keep my horse cool. [SmartPak]