Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Avery Elliot gives a lesson on how to navigate this Advanced trakehner. Photo via Aspen Farms Horse Trials FB page.

There’s no rest for the weary and with the American Eventing Championships and Burghley behind us, it’s time for the West Coast to take a turn in the limelight. Things heat up as both Copper Meadows and Aspen host Advanced horse trials this weekend.

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U.S. Weekend Preview:

Grindstone Mountain Farm H.T. [Website] [Live Results]

CDCTA Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Bucks County Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

Copper Meadows H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Aspen Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Chardon Valley H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Ever wished you could school at the venue before a competition? Competitors at the Colorado Horse Park will have a chance to do just that as they arrive for the horse trials held over September 16-17th. An eventing derby from levels Intro through Training will be held the day before the horse trial begins, allowing competitors a chance to get into the competition areas. [Colorado Horse Park to Host Eventing Derby]

Ian Stark, retired four-star legend and course builder extraordinaire, has been hired by the USEF as a temporary cross country advisor. Although Ian Stark is not one of the seven applicants to be the USEF Technical Advisor, he has been taken on in the interim to help coach the U.S. pairs competing abroad this fall. [USEF Hires Ian Stark]

Ballaghmoor Class has rocketed from relative unknown to equine stardom overnight. At ten years old, this gray gelding is still getting established at the level, according to Oliver Townend. He’s not yet confirmed in his changes, he’s still ‘babyish’ and hasn’t gotten rid of his habit of dropping all of Oliver’s yard on the floor on a regular basis. [Seven Things About Ballaghmoor Class]

SmartPak Product of the Day: As the season gets on, we tend to spend more and more time and money on ice to cool their hot legs after cross country, galloping, schooling, and jumping. These cold compression boots take a lot of the hassle out of icing, and provide the benefit of compression therapy as well. [SmartPak]