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Poplar Place Stables and Eventing

Poplar Place Stables and Eventing – Briones, CA
Equine SmartPaks: 16
Canine SmartPaks: 1


Poplar Place Stables and eventing is a full service boarding and training facility, specializing in the discipline of Three Day Eventing. Owned and operated by Chris Bearden since its inception in 1974, in various leased facilities until purchasing its current location in Briones, California in 1995. Chris (a grade A Pony Clubber) has over 40 years of experience instructing students of all levels. He has been involved in eventing as a trainer, a competitor, and as Area VI chairman. He also trained with the USET from 1980-1984.

Developing the partnership between horse and rider necessary to competing successfully at any level begins at home with hard work from the rider, the trainer and most importantly, the horse. Chris strongly believes whatever the level of rider, from the inexperienced to the upper level competitor, that all be taught to honor and value the partnership created by the joint effort of all involved.


“To that end, the health and wellbeing of the horses is paramount. The single most important aspect of horse management revolves around feeding each horse as an individual. Every horse at Poplar Place Stables & Eventing, from the three-year-old OTTB filly just learning her job to the 32-year-old lesson horse, and everyone in between has different needs regarding supplements. What once was a daily daunting project (remembering who gets what and how much of each supplement) has now become a ‘piece of cake’ with SmartPaks – so simple!”


“Each horses’ supplements arrive automatically every 28 days, pre-measured, sealed, and labeled. We love that we can modify each supplement as each individual horses’ workload changes up or down. And, it makes life incredibly easy when we are on the road. No more buckets, no more baggies. Just grab and go.”


“We’ve been so happy with the results we’ve seen from all of the supplements. In particular, SmartGut Ultra has made a world of difference in how Marlin, a 17-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, handles the stress of traveling as well as the daily conditioning work needed to keep him in top form for competing at the upper levels. We also love having the various SmartFlex joint supplements available and having formulas tailored to workload, etc. It makes picking one for each horse incredible easy.”



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