Wednesday News and Notes from SmartPak

Lara Miller and her horse Naughty by Nature show off how much they love their country. Photo courtesy of Natalie Hollis. Lara Miller and her horse Naughty by Nature show off how much they love their country. Photo courtesy of Natalie Hollis.

Sharon White held her annual JUMP! Derbycross event on Monday, with the obvious theme of ‘Merica! By now, the participants know that the wilder the better, so they come dressed to the nines….or the fourth? Regardless, sunglasses were probably necessary to keep the spectators from blinding themselves on all the patriotic gear on display.  No one can ever claim eventers don’t know how to have fun, right?

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Huntington Farm H.T. [Website]

Old Chatham H.T. [Website]

The Maryland at Loch Moy H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

Great Meadow FEI Nations Cup CIC [Website] [Entry Status]

Chattahoochee Hills Summer II H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Roebke’s Run H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

40th Annual Whidbey Island H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Round Top H.T. [Website]

Coconino Summer I H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times]

Stable View is running an “Under the Stars” jumper series on the first Wednesday of every month. The first show of the series will begin tonight, July 6. The show begins at 3:00pm and is held in the covered arena, fences start at 2’3” and work up to 3’9”. Class entry fees range from $30-$50 with up to $1,500 in prize money awarded. Riders and spectators are welcome. 

In Rio, the equestrian sport is evolving while maintaining its roots. When Rio was awarded the Games, the Brazilian Equestrian Federation made a push to be contenders on home soil. With much of the equestrian sport in the country based in western disciplines, competitors have often had to seek training time overseas to broaden their horizons. [Horse Sport in Brazil]

Abby Hamblin has lived the Cinderella dream with her OTTB, Silver Flash. Raced heavily before retiring in 2008, “Brighton” was purchased to potentially be an upper level partner for Abby when she was fourteen. Not only did they end up tackling the upper levels together, but they have now competed successfully at the A and CIC3* levels, with their eyes set on Fair Hill this fall. [Now On Course]

Weekly Business Tip from Mythic Landing EnterprisesA great tool to help you know if your website is reaching the right people is Google Analytics. This will be able to tell you where your audience is from, where they are finding your site, which pages they are viewing the most, and even how long they are spending on each page. Another cool statistic that it will show you is how many people that view your website are new, versus returning to your site. Most importantly, Google Analytics will tell if you if you are reaching your desired audience. If not, you know you need to make adjustments to your marketing plan.

SmartPak Product of the Day: There’s nothing better than a natural sponge for a horse bath. Strong and durable, these things last forever and make them well worth the cost. [SmartPak]