Black Friday News & Notes from SmartPak

HAHAHAHA Horse people!!! Photo by Danielle Dubay De Navarro

Now that we’ve all gained five pounds in the past twenty-four hours, it’s time to spend all your money on Black Friday! Luckily (or unluckily depending on how you look at it), Black Friday has turned into a bit of a four-day-affair, with sales extending through Monday as well for most online stores. Don’t worry about not having done your research for the sweet deals, EN has you covered and we will be releasing a list tout de suite!

National Holiday:  Blackest of Fridays

U.S. Weekend Preview:

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Let’s kick this puppy off with a list of Black Friday Deals from USEA Sponsors. Companies that support our sport of eventing? Sign me up. Get cool stuff from C4 Belts, FITS, Revitavet, World Equestrian Brands, Ride Safe, Adequan, Charles Owen, and more! [Black Friday Deals from USEA]

Horse & Hound is featuring some veteran horses in their latest issue, and first on the list is 30-year-old Over To You. He had a stunning career with Jeanette Brakewell spanning 15 years and including eight world and olympic medals, with his last competition at the age of 20. Don’t worry, he’s not lounging about now, he still gets a bit of exercise and has no soundness or health concerns other than a little bit of Cushings. Lookin’ fine, Jack! [Over To You Celebrates 30 Years]

We all know this, but there are some *actual* reasons why riding horses helps child development. Mom and Dad might be worried about the financial safety risks of getting involved with horses, but really, it’s a good idea. Not only does it teach your child about empathy and responsibility at an early age, but it helps them build confidence and learn independence while they work towards their goals with their partner in crime. [5 Reasons Horseback Riding Helps Children Grow]