Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Stephanie Cordell and Codename Toby tackle new heights. Photo by Dillon Cordell.

This is both the quietest time of year (no USEA events) and busiest time of year (schooling shows, clinics, derbies, and lessons). Loch Moy Farm has a long standing tradition of running year-round schooling shows on their all-weather arenas, letting everyone dip their toes into a higher level at the end of the season in a bit of a tamer setting like a derby. Oh, and bonus points for festive decor!

National Holiday: Put On Your Own Shoes Day #adulting

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Not one single event! 2017 is in the books!

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

The Southern California Equestrian Sports Foundation has announced their grant recipients. Grant recipients were  chosen based on their dedication for the betterment of equestrian sports. This year, Allison Springer, Lauren Billys, and Gina Miles were all chosen to receive the award. [SCES Announces Grant Recipients]

Galway Downs is always making efforts to upgrade their facilities. Numerous trainers, primarily West Coast based but also including riders like Boyd Martin, have offered their services to the 20th Annual Galway Downs Eventing Fundraiser Clinic. Proceeds will go to help upgrade the cross-country course. [20th Annual Galway Downs Fundraiser]

EquiRatings reminds us that a year can make a big difference. A year ago, names like Bulana and Ballaghmore Class weren’t household names. Horses like these two, along with Hunter Valley II and Vanir Kamira leapt forward from their performances of 2016. Who will step up to the plate and give us some unexpected brilliance in 2018? [Top Level Improvers of 2017]

SmartPak Product of the Day: If you haven’t been paying attention, SmartPak is still running their 25 Days of Christmas! Yesterday was Back on Track products being sweetened with an extra gift, what is today’s sale offering? [SmartPak]