Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

Holly Jacks-Smither pulling her best Kyle Carter impression. Photo by Ian Woodley.

Yesterday I was talking to a friend of mine, and she mentioned her “four-day weekend” — something I’ve never heard of before. What’s this four days in a row off work that you speak of? What would you do with FOUR whole days off? She said nothing. You do nothing. Imagine that! You do nothing for four days! This is the kind of luxury I can’t even comprehend. Anyway, seems like there’s a big national holiday coming up, apparently people get time off work for that kind of thing.

National Holiday: National Social Media Day (C’mon Lainey, where you at?!)

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Horse Park of New Jersey I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Chattahoochee Hills H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

South Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Live Scores]

News From Around the Globe:

The USEA has announced the riders and horses that will represent their areas at the FEI North American Junior & Young Rider Championships at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana on July 20-23, 2017. Fifteen combinations will compete in the CICO2*, with 33 combinations in the CH-J*. [CICO2* Riders & Horses] [CH-J* Riders & Horses]

Blenheim course designer David Evans has been chosen to build the Tokyo 2020 cross country course. David, who lives in Oxfordshire locally to Blenheim, has long been one of Britain’s best and most popular course builders, working at venues such as Chatsworth, Bramham, Gatcombe and Burgham, as well as events in Europe such as Luhmühlen CCI4*. He’s already visited the site and is excited to get to work with designer Derek di Grazia. [Blenheim Builder Ready for Tokyo 2020]

Get ready to JUMP on July 4th with Last Frontier Farm! Sharon White is hosting her annual derby cross style fun show with levels elementary through Prelim. There will also be a silent auction, raffles, food, and announcing from Brian O’Connor. Don’t miss out, enter today! [JUMP 2017]

On July 11, the community will be gathering to celebrate the life of Jon Sonkin. Our beloved “belt guy” will be missed dearly, and so his friends and family are holding a celebration of life in Purcellville, Virginia, on Tuesday, July 11 featuring songs, speakers and videos that highlight Jon’s life. Please join if you can. [Celebration of Jon Sonkin]

I’ll admit it: My dog has her own SmartPak too.  She’s only 7, but I was watching her the other day looking a little stiff after a long hack, and I felt bad. After all, my horse has joint supplements, so why shouldn’t my dog? Through SmartPak, you can get any kind of dog supplement that your little spoiled canine deserves, and at a great price. Go ahead, you know you want to. [SmartPak Dog Supplements]