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Top spring picks for English riders


Spring has finally sprung up here at SmartPak! Our VP of Merchandising, Melissa, has taken the time to share her top picks for the spring season. Melissa is an active competitor in hunter/jumpers and an avid world traveler, so we trust that she’s got all of us covered with pieces that both look good and are highly functional. Here’s what she has to say about the products she’s loving:

Ariat Arena Sweater with Ariat Denim Knee Patch Breech

These are two essentials for your spring riding wardrobe—both cute and functional. The Arena Sweater is made of lightweight, breathable merino wool, which is good on it’s own or as a layering piece. I love the embellished pockets on the Denim Breeches because it makes them stylish enough to ride in and then run errands!

Ariat Arena Sweater
(1 reviews)
Ariat® Denim Knee Patch Breech
(30 reviews)

Under Armour UA Tech Short Sleeve Tee

When SmartPak asked you what your favorite non-equestrian apparel brand was, the resounding answer was Under Armour. We are so happy to be able to offer Under Armour with the SmartPak logo to give it more of an equestrian feel. This Tee has a nice feminine cut with a V-neck and fitted silhouette. The raglan cut sleeves allow for a great range of motion. This is sure to be a go-to piece all throughout the spring and summer!

Under Armour UA Tech Shortsleeve Tee
(46 reviews)

Piper Knee Patch Breeches and Sunshield Longsleeve Shirt by SmartPak

Our Piper Breeches are well loved by not only us but by our customers, too! These breeches are affordable, comfortable, flattering, and come in lots of fun colors! My personal favorite is the Black w/ White paired with the Hot Pink Sunshield shirt. The Sunshield shirts provide a UPF rating of 50+ and are super lightweight—perfect for keeping the sun out while looking great!

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Piper Breeches by SmartPak - Original Knee Patch

(1563 reviews)
SunShield Longsleeve Shirt by SmartPak
(159 reviews)

SmartPak Deluxe Fly Sheet w/ No-Fly Zone™ & SmartBug-Off® Pellets

Can’t forget our horse friends this spring! This fly sheet is made with lightweight mesh infused with No-Fly Zone™, an odorless insect-repellent that lasts through 70 washings. It also protects against sun damage by filtering out 95% of harmful UV rays. In conjunction, SmartBug-Off contains ingredients to both deter bugs and help support a normal inflammatory response and healthy skin.

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SmartPak Deluxe Fly Sheet w/ No-Fly Zone™

(143 reviews)
SmartBug-Off® Pellets

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(1340 reviews)

Pikeur Skarlett Show Coat & Lugana Breeches Full Seat Breeches

The Skarlett Coat is so beautifully made. The cut is very flattering and is the most popular coat in both the jumper and dressage rings. The Lugana Breeches are made of the incredibly supportive and shape-retaining Prestige-Micro 2000 Plus fabric. The mid-rise of these breeches flatters many figure types, and they come in a variety of colors, which I am all about for spring!

Pikeur Skarlett Show Coat
(10 reviews)
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Pikeur Lugana Full Seat Breeches

(40 reviews)

EquiFit D-Teq Open Front Boots

Having a young horse that’s in active training means that I am looking for a great pair of protective boots! These boots are the epitome of technology and engineering, combined with classic styling. Did I mention the shell is virtually unbreakable with super soft, breathable foam liners that provide superior shock absorption? I have found the right boots!

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EquiFit D-Teq Open Front Boots

(20 reviews)

Melissa Hamlet

Melissa as a rider: I grew up in Virginia and started riding when I was about 7. I never looked back...riding and horses have been a part of who I am since that first ride all of those years ago. I’ve fox hunted a little but have spent most of my time competing in Hunters and Equitation. I rode on the IHSA Team in college and even competed in some IHSA Alumni classes after graduation. These days you’ll find me in the Adult Hunters, Hunter Derbies and Adult Equitation. Melissa as a SmartPaker: As VP of Merchandising, it is my job to oversee all of our product selection and development. Me and my team travel the world to find and develop things we think are worthy of being in your barns, on your bodies and on your horses. How cool is that?!

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