Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

With all the fanfare over Blenheim and Plantation Field, it was easy to forget that last weekend was one of the busiest event weekends of the year. Poplar Place Farm also ran an FEI event last weekend, running levels from Beginner Novice up through Advanced, along with a CIC1* and CIC2*. Sydney Conley-Elliott won the CIC2* on the 7 year old QC Diamantaire, owned by Carol Stephens, and is clearly delighted with her talented young ride.

National Holiday: National Pepperoni Pizza Day (Yum!)

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Flora Lea Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Results]

Surefire Farm Fall H.T. [Website]

Sundance Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Twin Rivers Fall H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Equestrians Institute H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Ever wonder what the Worth the Trust recipients are up to? The USEA provides a retrospect of past winners, all the way back to 2009, and gives a little update as to what they are up to now. The scholarship has allowed many of these adult amateurs to continue their education in a way they would be unable to. [Where Are They Now]

Anna Bella may not be the easiest horse to be around, but her warrior mentality takes her to the top of the sport. If one word could be used to describe Anna, it would be ‘intense’, apparently. With a work hard, live hard mindset, Anna likes to scare the geldings she works around, test Kurt Martin on the lunge line, and insist on warm baths only. [Behind the Stall Door]

If you haven’t read Wylie’s final Mongol Derby update, get thee to her post. After days of trials and tribulations, Wylie found herself relying on the camaraderie of her fellow riders to complete the Mongol Derby. With the days blurring together, she realized that it was the people who helped her finish her quest, not the things. Especially not the things she lost on the third day. [Wylie vs the Mongol Derby Part 4]

Help a couple hard-working, forward-thinking vet students out! Mary Davis and Lauren Ungar, two vet student at Tufts, are semi-finalists in the VetPrep idea competition with their idea to create a nutrition app for horses. They are seeking feedback from horse people to strengthen their idea and better their product. You can help them out by completing a quick, fewer-than-10-question survey. [VetPrep Idea Competition – Equine Nutrition App]

SmartPak Product of the Day: I do everything I can to keep my bridle number off my bridle at shows, usually because the first thing I do is get my bridle number dirty. Occasionally I will stick it on a breastplate, but the sharpest look is to have your number on your saddle pad, framed in leather. [SmartPak]