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Let’s Get Ready to…Rolex!!!

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After the events in Boston last week, I am in desperate need of a little “pick me up”…and there isn’t much I get as excited about as a do for the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event each year! It has

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A View from the Stands – Part 9

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The Pak is across the pond and the action is officially underway in London. In this blog series, SmartPakers Sarah and Colby will be sharing stories about the people they meet while watching the action live in the stands (and on the XC course) in Greenwich.

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The Olympics Isn’t Just Riding?

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I believe that I mentioned it in one of my earlier blogs, but the equestrian sports have been so all-consuming that I really don’t know much about what’s going on with all of the other sports, despite the fact that they’re essentially taking place all around me here in London. We had a late start to the riding events the other day and I took that opportunity to go explore a bit and get some exposure to the rest of the Olympics, outside of my daily orbit in Greenwich Park…

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Down with IBC? (Yeah you know me)

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Yesterday I had a very special opportunity (courtesy of our good friend, Allyn Mann from Adequan) to tour the International Broadcast Center (IBC) at the Olympic Park with Jamie Saults from NBC. Jamie is an endurance rider and enthusiastic horse owner, but also directly involved in the production of NBC equestrian coverage for the Olympics, The Kentucky Derby, and many other major competitions like WEG…

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Work Hard, Play Hard

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I think it’s been clear from some of our earlier blogs that while the US Team and the staff of the USEF is all business over here, they do also find some time to kick-back and have fun. I think you need to have that “work hard, play hard” element to your day to get through an event as intense as the Olympics, or any major discipline competition, really.

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A View From the Stands – Part 7

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The Pak is across the pond and the action is officially underway in London. In this blog series, SmartPakers Sarah and Colby will be sharing stories about the people they meet while watching the action live in the stands (and on the XC course) in Greenwich.

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Party in the USA (House)

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So, Sarah and I have officially been here a week. It frankly feels like a month with all of the experiences that we’ve had and the fact that one day just seems to roll into the next. We’ve been loving

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A View From The Stands – Part 6

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The Pak is across the pond and the action is officially underway in London. In this blog series, SmartPakers Sarah and Colby will be sharing stories about the people they meet while watching the action live in the stands (and

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Pak Across the Pond – Day 6

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Bit of a changing of the guard happening today. The eventers are packing up and heading home and the show jumpers and dressage riders are getting ready to start chasing their Olympic dreams…

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Farewell Teddy O'Connor

By Colby, V.P. Web Marketing Farewell Teddy… we will all miss you. Sadly, the horse world lost eventing super-pony Theodore O’Connor as the result of a tragic barn accident last week. He was an incredible creature, standing just over 14.1

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Colby Checks In With Her Eventing Championship Update

Colby and Seajay checking back in with a follow-up to our earlier blog entry on the American Eventing Championships. We had an unfortunate turn of events 2 days before leaving for Chicago that most horse owners and all eventers can

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SmartPak Employee Rides Into Nationals Next Week

By Colby, Director of Web Marketing On the Road to the AECs Goals are good, even if they seem lofty… Everyone needs something to shoot for…a reason to keep up the hard work when the riding isn’t “fun” or the

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