SmartPak supports up-and-coming U.S. show jumping hopefuls!

by Jessica, Product Manager, SmartSupplements

Greenwich, CT – Team SmartPak member Peter Leone of Lionshare Farm hosted a clinic for young riders from California as part of the U.S. Developing Rider Program, September 12-14. The clinic focused on riding skills during the day and horse care/horsemanship skills in the evenings. SmartPak was proud to sponsor Friday’s dinner event! Product Manager Jessica Normand traveled to Connecticut to meet with the enthusiastic group. The 10 young riders and were joined by their parents, Peter, and a handful of Lionshare staff and friends for Jessica’s talk about the role supplements can play in the management of a top performance horse. It was a fun-filled evening for all! SmartPak is excited to have had the opportunity to support these talented young equestrians in their quest to become top international level competitors, and we look forward to their future successes in the show ring!

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One comment on “SmartPak supports up-and-coming U.S. show jumping hopefuls!
  1. Sonja says:

    >>Wow, that’s such a sad statement! 1000 anamils at a rescue? That must have been in the news? Do you have a link for it or the name of the rescue? I am trying to put together a list of these occurrences, your info would really help.Yea, I would have thought so as well. It made the local news very briefly as they were cleaning up the mess and trying to find homes for the surviving anamils but was very quickly hushed up and disappeared as the owner of the failed rescue was the daughter of a wealthy and influential local businessman. Apparently buying feed which should have been much cheaper than buying silence was not on his agenda. My major issues with (reputable) horse rescues are 1) they pass on elderly horses to unsuspecting new owners unprepared to deal with the inevitable, and 2) they pass on horses that I (as a classically trained professional, english and american) wouldn’t get near (untrained alpha mares, range stallions untouched past the age of 5 or trauma cases), or recreate the dumbest scenarios that always want to recreate themselves, like young horses with owners who don’t know anything. I have a great mare that nearly killed a 4-year-old kid when she was 18 mos old absolutely not her fault because no 4-year-old kid should have ever been allowed to play alone in the pasture of an 18-month-old, over-fed, lonely, jumper-bred filly. She was just trying to play. The owners bought her at 3 mos old for the children to grow up with. When she was small, they thought it was cute to teach her to box and put her feet on their shoulders yea, not asking for an IQ test here because it’s not measurable. She tried to dislocate my shoulder the first time I went in the pasture with her, and they all wept as they showed me videos of how they’d trained her to do exactly that. They absolutely could not understand that the only thing she’d ever done wrong was grow up. I convinced her owners that a few hundred dollars for her papers and just hauling her away, was better than shooting her (and having to deal with everything that entailed). She wasn’t even halterbroke, but completely fearless. I shook out a flake of hay in the trailer and she walked right in. Today, she’s the best kid’s horse I’ve ever owned but I won’t even pretend it wasn’t a serious struggle at first, even at only 18 months old, seriously spoiled (arrogant, high-energy and full of herself) but never deprived or abused. Somewhat ironically, I finally adopted’ a big solid old quarter horse mare to take her on and put some real herd’ manners on her (who I humanely put down when the time came which was inevitable from the start, but she had a great run putting manners on the filly as only a really smart older horse can). Horses are not dogs or cats, and most rescue horses come with issues that even most professional trainers don’t want to deal with and that’s why they’re rescue horses.

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