Pak Across the Pond – T-Minus 3 Days

SmartPak is heading to London! We’ll be covering the games like only we can (that would be from a slightly weird, but seriously fun, rider’s perspective). From Friday, July 27th, through Friday, August 10th, we’ll be bringing you non-stop coverage, including blogs, photos, videos, tweets, Facebook updates and even a nightly broadcast on the USEF Network!

So who’s this “we” anyway? I’m so glad you asked! (I know I actually asked, but let’s not get technical here). The team heading over will be:
• Me, Sarah Paull, aka “SP,” “Brand Manager,” “Stuff Riders Say girl” and “that loud one over there.”
• Colby Balazs, aka “The Colbster,” “VP, Marketing,” and “no, it’s pronounced Baal-Az.”

I am honestly so excited I don’t even know where to begin! Some people suggested beginning with packing, but packing is just not that fun, especially when I finally have an excuse to buy Dubarrys!

OK, exclamation point overload… let’s slow things down a bit. Here’s what you need to know to stay up to date on all the London coverage:
• Like us on Facebook – we’ll be posting updated blogs and new photos and videos every day.
• Catch up with me on Twitter – If you want to hear the “Stuff Riders Say” in London, follow me on Twitter @SmartPakerSarah (haven’t seen the Stuff Riders Say videos yet? Dig it:
• Tune into the USEF Network – We’ll be doing a nightly broadcast (exact TBD based on the schedule of events that day) on the USEF Network. Check them out: and like them on Facebook to stay up to date on all things Team USA.
• Show your USA pride: Snag one of our On Course to London Trucker Hats and your FREE Dressage is #1 Foam Finger to make sure everyone knows exactly which events you’ll be watching this summer.

Colby and I are busily working to get all the last-minute stuff together (and, oh, y’know, doing our actual jobs), but in the meantime, we want to hear from YOU! We’ll be putting up a post on Facebook asking for your thoughts/ideas/suggestions for coverage – basically anything and everything you want to see while we’re over there. We can’t promise we’ll get it all (I’d be up for breaking into the IOC-guarded stables, but my mom would be super-bummed if I went to jail. Though being in a London jail sounds posher than being in a jail over here in the states…)

Anywho, keep your eyes out for that post or leave your suggestion here in the comments. I can’t wait to hear from you!!


Sarah Paull

Sarah Paull is a lifelong rider and SmartPak’s Brand Manager. You may know her better as the life-size foam finger from the London Olympics, the host of USEF Network’s Live from London coverage, or “that girl from the Stuff Riders Say videos.” Prior to joining SmartPak in 2008, Sarah worked as a Veterinary Technician at B.W. Furlong & Associates in Oldwick, NJ, and obtained her degree in Equine Science from Centenary College. Sarah is the proud mom of Cody, a semi-retired, 23-year-old Quarter Horse gelding, and she’s currently looking for an eventing partner to help her get rid of all the extra time, money and energy she doesn’t actually have :-) If you're interested in her often-horsey, always-odd musings, follow @SmartPakerSarah on Twitter.

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2 comments on “Pak Across the Pond – T-Minus 3 Days
  1. Michele says:

    Dressage PLEASE! I am just dying to see Steffen Peters ride.

    • SmartPakerSarah SmartPakerSarah says:

      If you can believe it, we not only interviewed Steffen a few days ago, Colby split a scone with him this morning at the USEF/USET house!

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