Wednesday News & Notes from SmartPak

Laine Ashker demonstrating the mechanics of taking a selfie. Photo via Laine Ashker’s FB page.

Today is a very special day, Eventing Nation! It is National Selfie Day, which means it is an absolute must for you to take a selfie with your horse, around your horse, on your horse, you name it, post it to Instagram, and tag it as #eventingnationselfie. If you’re unsure how to take a good selfie, you can always check out Laine Ashker’s Facebook page for inspiration.

Oh, it is also the summer solstice today, the absolute longest day of the year. Which means there are plenty of hours with amazing light in which to take your selfies.

U.S. Weekend Preview:

Groton House Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times]

Surefire H.T. [Website] [Entry Status]

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

Stable View Summer H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Fox River Valley Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status] [Ride Times] [Live Scores]

Shepherd Ranch SYVPC H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Inavale Farm H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Arrowhead H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Midsouth Pony Club H.T. [Website] [Entry Status/Ride Times/Live Scores]

Honey Run H.T. [Website] [Live Scores]

Your Wednesday News & Notes:

Want to work for EN? We are now accepting entries to our 7th Annual Blogger Contest, which is your opportunity to show us your writing chops for a chance to work for us. This is your time to shine, so let’s see what you’ve got! Entries are due this Friday, June 23. [7th Annual Blogger Contest]

The latest episode of the Eventing Podcast went live this morning taking a look back at the last big CCI of the spring season, Luhmuhlen. First-time four-star winner Julia Krajewski joins Nicole and Jenni to talk about her fairy-tale weekend with both her top horses, one in each division. [Luhmühlen Review Show]

Speaking of Julia Krajewski, she joins four other familiar names as primary candidates for the German European team. The usual suspects are all on the list, with Michael Jung, Bettina Hoy, Andreas Dibowski and Julia all named with two horses while Ingrid Klimke is named with one. [Germany Names Likely Squad]

SmartPak Product of the Day: One of the best things you can do in the summer is keep your skin covered up from the sun’s rays. A looser fitting white long-sleeved shirt will help deflect the UV rays and Tailored Sportsman happens to make one out of a wicking fabric with mesh under-arm panels to keep you cool while you ride. [SmartPak]