Happy birthday, Thoroughbreds!
Happy New Year, and to our Thoroughbred friends, happy birthday! On January 1, regardless of actual birth date, all Thoroughbreds registered with the Jockey Club turn one year older, making New Year’s Day not just a fresh start with a new calendar but a giant birthday celebration as well.
In that spirit, SmartPak is giving away a free bag of SmartCookies to one lucky Thoroughbred for their birthday — all you have to do is post a photo and a message about your Thoroughbred to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the tag #ILoveMyTB. The contest closes at midnight tonight, so don’t dawdle!
Here are a few of our favorite entries so far:
#ilovemytb because no matter what flaws i have, he looks beyond that and shows me endless love and compassion. he tries so incredibly hard for me off and on the saddle, in and out of the arena, and anytime else. When im having a bad day you make funny faces, gallop up to me, let me snuggle you, buck and gallop around in tour paddock. But most importantly, you let me, be me. And for 2 years, ive told you my secrets, cried on you, fallen off of you, beld from you, been mad at you, loved you so much i wanted to just squeeze you ( which is kinda hard considering im like a tenth of your size. ) , and gotten through hardships. you have taught me so much, peter. but you havent just taught me how to ride, you taught me how to love and accept people for who they are. and that, is why #ilovemytb and i couldnt thank you enough. so this, is for all the forever horses, and to all the Thoroughbreds. ❤ thank you
A photo posted by Corey Jarman (@cjeventing_) on
We joke about what a terrible combination it is to have a chestnut thoroughbred mare but it is all in jest. Our beautiful Lil Spot of Gold is still a young girl in an old lady’s body with all the speed and energy you could ask for but she is the sweetest, kindest girl. I have on several occasions spent almost an hour just holding and petting her because I needed it and if I stepped away to give her space, she would follow me to offer more. She’s a wonderful lesson horse who we can count on to take care of our beginner kids and challenge those of us who sometimes forget we still have much to learn. #ILoveMyTB even if she isn’t really mine, I love her like she is! #horse #equestrian #smartpak
A photo posted by Marissa (@shysonata) on
OTTBs: Timeless elegance meets war horse mentality #ilovemytb because that heart is irreplaceable. There is nothing like the rides when everything falls into place after a long road of (re)training. This horse (Millie) is a rockstar and #ILOVEMYTB (s)!!!! Photo credit to @tracey_buyce_horses @tracey_buyce_photography
Go Thoroughbreds, go SmartPak, and go riding!