Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Badminton bound! Photo via Elisa Wallace's FB page. Badminton bound! Photo via Elisa Wallace's FB page.

The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and thoughts of Rolex and Badminton are quickly overtaking my daily thought processes. That means it’s April all right, and as I try to pick what I’m wearing for the day, determined on whether it’s 40 and blowing or almost ninety with blazing sun, I’m crossing my fingers for great weather in Lexington and England the day of.

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Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Send some “feel better soon” jingles to Bobby Meyerhoff, who is in the hospital after a fall cross country schooling. He suffered two fractured ribs and pneumothorax. “They are monitoring me overnight and re-cat scanning in the morning,” Bobby updated on Facebook. “Hopefully the air will reabsorb and I can get released in the morning.” Take care, Bobby! [Bobby Meyerhoff Facebook]

If you’ve ever had that panic induced by Google after the vet has left, you’re not alone. Blogger Natalie Voss can relate, as she had a ringbone scare with her mare Jitterbug. When the vet mentioned ringbone but had to come back to x-ray, she pulled out her phone and Googled her way into the worst possibilities. Most of us eventers have probably had that same panic. [The Existential Crisis]

Even if you’ve had a string of bad luck, you probably don’t have anything on Dani Evans. After a fall in November in which she broke her right ankle and leg and dislocated her right shoulder, Dani was finally back on a horse on March 10. It was short lived though, as a stumble and fall in her first run cross country resulted in another broken leg. Join EN in sending well wishes to Dani for her recovery. [Dani Evans Breaks Same Leg Twice]

Best of the Blogs: A Yankee In Paris. Bigger isn’t always better, as blogger Carleigh Fedorka tries to explain. With a true 17.3 gray ex-racehorse affectionately dubbed ‘The Elephant’, Carleigh has had to make an adjustments to make him fit in her life….literally. A bigger trailer, new tack and among other things, stronger abs as they work harder to collect to a twelve foot stride, come with a gentle giant. [Big Horse/Little Human Problems]

SmartPak Product of the Day: I’m in constant need of bell boots, to the point I consider them somewhat semi-disposable. To counter the issue of bell boots lost in the field, I buy the sturdiest ones I can find in the brightest colors, so as to better spot them out in the grass. [SmartPak]