Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Alexandra Baugh won her first CIC2* this weekend at Virginia Horse Trials, and her little sister Victoria completed her first Beginner Novice on an actual unicorn! Curioso the pony Alexandra’s former Prelim pony. Photo courtesy of mom, Kelly Baugh.

One of my absolute favorite things about Halloween is seeing the many ways people dress up their horses and babies. So far today I’ve seen a baby as the mouse in a mousetrap, a young girl dressed as Wonder Woman, and someone who thought it would be funny to send her (or his?) toddler to preschool dressed as the clown from It. But I have to admit, I absolutely love this unicorn which gives me flashbacks to Rainbow Brite’s horse Starlite.

National Holiday: All Saint’s Day

Major Events This Weekend:

Galway Downs International CCI & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Full Gallop Farm November H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Best of the blogs: Giant, Fragile, Glorious Creatures. Lauren Sprieser’s always got a wise word or two to drop, and with one of her top developing horses narrowly escaping a colic scare, she suddenly has the right words at the right time. As strong and magnificent as our partners are, things can go south in a moment, regardless of the care we give them. [Giant, Fragile, Glorious Creatures]

The Retired Racehorse is turning into more than just a show; it’s turning into a sale of sorts. When I had the chance to buy the second horse of my lifetime eighteen months ago, I knew I wanted a Thoroughbred. I had an overly healthy budget for a TB straight off the track but I wanted a chance to ride the horse before vetting, a chance to see it in person that you can’t always do when shopping for OTTB. The RRTP is developing into a destination for buyers of TBs, where you can go and see many quality sporthorses all in one weekend, try them, and even vet them all in one venue. [Katie Hasse Didn’t Plan on Buying a Horse]

The eventing season is wrapping up and the familiar signs of cabin fever are already setting in. Between venturing out to do ‘normal people’ things on the weekend and seeing people sum up their years on social media, the signs are all there that the eventing year is nearly at a close. While some of these signs are specific to Britain, the rest seem all to familiar. [13 Ways]

SmartPak Product of the Day: It might not be the time of year to be thinking about buying gear for next spring, but some of the off-season sales can’t be missed. SmartPak has a deal on the Pro Choice Mesh XC Boots, which are my absolute favorite due to their lightweight, flexible fit, pliable protection, and ability to shed water. [SmartPak]