Wednesday News and Notes from SmartPak

Galway Downs proudly shows their support in an Olympic year. Photo via Galway Downs FB page. Galway Downs proudly shows their support in an Olympic year. Photo via Galway Downs FB page.

This time of year is my absolute favorite, with the hustle and bustle of Rolex prep coinciding with the anticipation of NBA playoffs. As a huge fan of the San Antonio Spurs (having grown up there and all), I tend to devour a lot of sports commentary in my work free time, which is where I get some of my ideas for articles about eventing. Sports analytics has come such a huge way in the major sports and with the U.S.E.T. including more technology than ever in their training program, we should all learn to embrace the numbers. Apps like KER Clockit Sport and companies like EquiRatings have started to make analytics available to the masses, which will help our sport appeal to a broader audience.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Morven Park Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Rocking Horse Spring H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Full Gallop Farm April H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Texas Rose Horse Park H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Galway Downs CIC & H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Are you longing to attend the premier and only four-star three-day event in North America?! Horseware is giving one lucky winner a pair of week passes to the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event plus two goody bags filled to the brim with our favorite Horseware goodies! Winner will be emailed! Enter here. (*T&C’s apply, offer only open to U.S. residents. Tickets are to be picked up from a Horseware rep at the event.)

Winona Horse Trials is offering an Intercollegiate Team Challenge this year! With the Intercollegiate Team Championships being held two weeks later, it seemed like the perfect time for Winona to offer this new team challenge. Additionally, organizer Jackie Smith has decided to offer an optional additional jumper round, but it will be run as an equitation round, with riders getting feedback about their position and use of the aids.  [New Opportunities at Winona]

Horses in the Morning has kicked off the Rolex preview season. Our fearless leader, Jenni Autry, gives Glenn the Geek a run-down of what Rolex might shake down like. The Rolex preview starts at 1 hour, five minutes. It’s a can’t miss for anyone who wants to keep up to date about Rolex happenings!  [Horses in the Morning]

Head over to JumperNation for your daily dose of cute. Jumper Nation has gone through all the Instagrams and collected the cutest photos of the most adorable ponies from all around jumper land. Be prepared to stifle any urges to go buy your own pint size pinto after perusing the cuteness. [Postcard from Ponyland]

Also, free things are fun! JumperNation is hosting a Fab Freebie for a Professional’s Choice Ventech Leather Girth. These things are seriously attractive, with high quality leather lined by a removable, neoprene, machine-washable liner. Say what? That’s about as clever as it gets for lined girths. [Fab Freebie, JN Style]

SmartPak Product of the Day: With the advent of spring, it’s time to get serious about taking care of our skin. As we emerge blinking from the indoors, we should remember the suncreen, or even better, invest in an awesome Sunstopper shirt.  [SmartPak]

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