Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

The worst sight after getting off a horse. R.I.P. Ariats. Photo by Maggie Deatrick.

There’s nothing more depressing than realizing that sweating through your boots over and over again through a ruthless summer has worn out the calves on boots less than six months after they finally broke in. My favorite thing about new boots? How pretty they are. My least favorite thing? How I can’t feel my toes when they are zipped up.

National Holiday: Crush a Can Day (What?)

U.S. Weekend Preview:

University of New Hampshire H.T.  [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Larkin Hill H.T. [Website]

Morven Park CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

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

Stable View Advanced Oktoberfest H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Woodland Stallion Station H.T. [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Spokane Sport Horse Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

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

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

A commemoration of Maxime Dubost will take place tomorrow in France. A service will be held at 2 pm at the Crématorium de Crouël. The Jardy venue is postponing the competition that was to be held tomorrow and all French competitors are asked to consider postponing their competition plans this weekend. [Commemorating Maxime Dubost]

One of the stories coming out of Puerto Rico is the plight of the thoroughbreds at the racetrack in Puerto Rico. With hay extremely tough to get and water being rationed to a quarter of a bucket per horse, multiple groups are mobilizing to try and help the horses who remained behind. [Efforts Afoot to Assist]

Sam Griffiths was sure he wasn’t quite right after Badminton. After a fall at Burnham Market, Sam had pain in his neck but doctors could find nothing. He managed to get through Badminton but persisted with the doctors, who found that he had cracked a vertebrae after all. Sam just returned to competition, successfully running Intermediate with his four-star partner Paulank Brockagh. [Sam Griffiths’ Winning Return]

SmartPak Product of the Day: My horse likes to play Houdini at shows, generally finding a way under his stall chain and ambling over to the nearest patch of grass. Or the neighbors’ hay. You know, any food that is available. The only thing that stops him are these uber-heavy vinyl stall guards, which also happen to be customizable to your colors. [SmartPak]