Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Lainey Ashker giving a clinic in exotic Costa Rica. Photo via Laine Ashker’s FB page.

Does anyone else unable to see their horse on a daily basis obsess over photos and videos your barn friends send you? One of the girls at my barn sent me half a photo of my horse’s nose yesterday and I can’t stop staring at it. It’s my lifeline until I see that face again.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Rocking Horse Winter I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Results]

Full Gallop H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

National Holiday: National Peanut Butter Day

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

One of the coolest things I ever got to do was go away for pony camp in Vermont one summer. Now GMHA is offering an eventing camp for kids of all ages above 9! You can bring a pony, have lessons twice a day, and hang out in Area I in the summer to get out of the heat! [GMHA Junior Horsemanship Clinic]

Time to remember which divisions you and your horse are eligible. With the season underway, don’t forget to check the eligibility rules when picking out your divisions. If you’ve completed an Intermediate, maybe don’t enter the Rider division at Training, or you might find yourself delegated to competing as HC. [Rule Refresher]

Laura Graves hosted a masterclass as part of the Adequan West Coast Dressage Festival. One of her mantras is that training isn’t pretty. You have to allow the horse to make mistakes in training in order to learn, she says. [Keeping Horses and Riders Honest]

SmartPak Product of the Day: I talk about these blankets all the time because they are durable, fit well, warm, and have a great warranty behind them. And bonus, they are on sale regularly, including right now! [SmartPak]