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The Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About SmartPaker Sarah

I’m definitely most well-known at SmartPak for my role in our videos, but when I’m not saying stuff riders say, or asking the vet, or impersonating a horse, I can be found partnering with fellow SmartPakers on all our exciting brand and marketing projects and ideas. But I’d like to take a timeout from my day job to tell you guys a little bit more about me – and then I want to hear more about you in the comments!

Here are the top 10 things you (probably) didn’t know about me:

10. My 4H club was called “Horses R Us” – And while we were clearly a horse-focused 4H club, because I was still relatively new to the horse world and I wanted to stick to the mantra “talk about what you know,” my first presentation focused on miniature dachshunds, the greatest dogs on earth.

9. I was almost a ballerina – My mom was a ballet dancer, my dad’s mom owned a ballet school, and both my older sisters danced at School of American Ballet in NYC. Naturally, my mom had me in tights basically the day after I learned to walk. But I was not into ballet. And lucky for me, my mom was totally supportive of that! She just wanted me to have an activity that I was passionate about, and lucky for me, a neighbor up the street was in a horsey 4H club!

8. My first pony was named Cocoa Puff – Because he was a Pony of the Americas with loads of brown spots, and Cocoa Puffs was my absolute favorite cereal at the time.

7. My Breyers loved Melissa Etheridge – Musicality and choreography were big things in my house (see #9). But instead of dreaming up dances for myself, I choose to choreograph elaborate patterns for my Breyer horses, to fill the few free hours I didn’t spend at the barn. Melissa Etheridge’s “Yes I Am” was the soundtrack to many such patterns (some of which included jumping, while others were just flatwork), and I can still clearly explain the different wrist motions necessary for creating a convincing two-beat trot vs. the three-beat canter (galloping was rarely used after one too many Breyers lost a fragile limb while traversing the fireplace stonework (which obviously made the best sound)).

6. I almost went to vet school – Before I came to SmartPak, I was a vet tech at BW Furlong & Associates in Oldwick, NJ. I was so lucky to work with and learn from some really phenomenal vets, including Dr. Furlong, who was the longtime vet for the WEG and Olympic eventing teams. I count my lucky stars everyday as I drive to work that I’m able to combine my passion for horse health with the more creative side of my brain, and that I get to help riders like you take great care of your horses.

5. I’ve been at SmartPak since 2008 – And I’m by no means the longest term employee – not even close! We still have employee #6 and #13 at the company, along with our co-founder and CEO. Lining the road to the office are trees that simultaneously burst into bright pink blossoms every April, and every year I’m always reminded of my first drive up to the office to interview. And every year I’m filled with the same excitement to help SmartPak change the world, four hooves at a time.

4. I started on SmartPak’s Customer Care Team – And I still help out with calls, emails, and chats every now and then! So if you call, chat or email on a random evening or weekend, you just might catch me on the other end!

3. My wifi was once called LotsOfHorses – When my husband and I first moved in together, we had the cable guy come out for the install, and only my husband was there. After the setup was complete, the guy was walking my husband through everything and started by stating, “so I named your network LotsOfHorses, because…” and proceeded to gesture towards all the horsey art, photos, trophies, and books that covered every available surface of our tiny apartment. My husband’s response? “Totally checks out.”

2. I just moved my horse to MA – Even though I’ve been at SmartPak almost nine years, I just moved my horse out here! Cody spent the last several years as a lesson/therapy horse at a barn owned by family friends back in NY (where I’m originally from), where he was spoiled and adored by lesson and camp kids, and their moms (he’s always been able to win over moms). However, now that he’s 28, I think he’s more than earned his retirement, so I brought him out here so I can spoil him, and love him, and spend hours grazing him and telling him how beautiful he is. (Stay tuned for a blog all about Cody!)

1. I just took my first lesson since turning 30 – And I turned 30 a few years ago! As I’m sure you all know, once you get out of the habit of going to the barn every day, it can seem impossible to find the time. So for the last several years, since I didn’t have a horse out here, I never really made barn time a priority, and it quickly became years since I’d been on a horse (something my Breyer-choreographing seven-year-old self never would’ve believed). But I just took my first lesson at the barn where I’m boarding Cody, and I’m already daydreaming about leasing and horse shows. (I might write a blog about that first lesson, too, once my sore muscles recover!)

Was any of this surprising? Or totally relatable? Was there anything you want to know more about, or other questions you have for me? Tell me in the comments! You guys really are the reason we’re here!

Thanks for reading, and have a great ride!

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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3 comments on “The Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About SmartPaker Sarah
  1. Barb V says:

    I just love to see kid pictures, the simple joy of horses is so obvious then before it becomes “serious”.
    Look Mom, maybe I’m not a Ballerina but I am a famous actress recognized by thousands of horse folks!

  2. Linnea Rose says:

    At 35 years old I took on a five-year old off the track thoroughbred after 8 years out of the saddle. I was recently divorced and horses were not part of my married life. The opportunity came along and I dove in head first. There were a lot of sore muscles and thinking that this might have been a bad idea. Now I’m 41 and my horse is 12. I’m so glad I took him on. We’re best friends and he keeps me sane.

  3. Maggie says:

    Sarah, I love your horse Cody. He was always a gentleman to handle and ride and he taught me a lot. I really miss him at the barn and was sad to learn he was gone. I wish him a long & happy retirement. Happy trails.

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