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Top English Picks for Fall 2014

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The cool breezes at the end of summer are whispering that Fall is right around the corner. While many of our customers dread the cold Fall and Winter months, we like to help you get through until Spring by filling

Posted in In the Tack with the Pak

In Aachen Horse Showing is a Spectator Sport

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One of the most amazing things about my job at SmartPak is that I get to travel the world looking for new and exciting products for our customers and their horses. We’ve learned over the years that Europe is a

Posted in Travel

Top spring picks for English riders

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Spring has finally sprung up here at SmartPak! Our VP of Merchandising, Melissa, has taken the time to share her top picks for the spring season. Melissa is an active competitor in hunter/jumpers and an avid world traveler, so we

Posted in In the Tack with the Pak

Peek in Our Tack Trunk – Melissa and Drago

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As you can imagine, working at SmartPak for 10 years has resulted in quite the collection of things. I don’t have one trunk,—I have three, and they’re all full of goodies, some of which I use all the time and

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Fall Fashion Picks 2013

The Fall Season is upon us and we are gearing up here at SmartPak! Our VP of Merchandising, Melissa, has shared with us her top picks for this Fall to be the best dressed horse and rider team. She is

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Peek in Our Paks – Melissa H.

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Ever wish you could take a sneak peek inside our horses’ SmartPaks? Now you can! Check out the supplements we love, for the animals we adore. This Month’s Pick Staff Member: Melissa H. Department: Merchandising Horse: Drago Discipline: Hunter/Jumper I

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Drago comes to America

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“I’ve been lucky enough to own several horses over the years, and they’ve all been purchased here in the United States. This past year, I decided that I would really like to buy a young, green horse from Europe and have a fun project to work on. I started talking with my trainers about this a year ago in February 2012. I was leasing a really nice horse so I was in no hurry…”

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What’s new for spring?

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“Your new SmartPak catalog will be arriving soon. With so many amazing products (designed and selected just for you and your horses) how do you know where to start shopping? Let me help get you started in the right direction with my must-haves for Spring.”

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Posted in Gear Review

A Few of Our Favorite Things

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“‘Tis the Season, that time of year when those of us in cold climates retreat to the indoors. Our horses get fuzzy and we have to start budgeting into our riding enough time to get them thoroughly cooled out and dry. To Do Lists get longer and gift giving anxiety starts. Who will I buy for? Did I leave anyone out? Am I going to find the perfect gift?…”

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The Merchants of SmartPak: Melissa

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Some of us call her Melissa, others, “MH,” and a select few affectionately refer to her as “Hammie.” She’s Melissa Hamlet, our VP of Merchandising. She oversees the fabulous team of riders and SmartPakers that works hard everyday to source, select and even design the latest and greatest gear. We’ve kept her all to ourselves the last nine years, and we think it’s about time you all got to know her a little better. Like any good story, let’s start at the beginning…

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Isn’t Spring Wonderful?!

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Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. The feeling of fresh and new that comes along with spring is inspirational. Horses who have been ridden in indoors all winter are fresh and sassy on their first rides outside. They get that little sparkle back in their eyes that dims a bit in the long winter months indoors…

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