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Keep Your Tack Room Organized – Tips from a Seasoned Professional

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I’ve been in and out of a lot of barns thanks to my 20+ year riding career and my awesome job on the Barn Team at SmartPak. When I met Karla for the first time, I was in awe and

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10 Tips for Surviving “Behind the Scenes” at a Horse Show

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When a great SmartPak customer (who is now a good friend), Dr. Jeff Papows, mentioned he was taking over the management responsibilities of one of my favorite horse shows, which just so happens to be sponsored by SmartPak, I said

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Top Tips for Choosing a New Barn

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It may not be all about location, location, location Choosing a barn to board your horse can be an exciting but daunting task. Do you envision your horse enjoying huge, lush green grass turnouts encircled by freshly painted white fencing,

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Finding Her Oasis: One rider’s journey from short stirrup kid to A-circuit trainer

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As a hunter/jumper rider, SmartPaker Susan has admired Kristy (McCormack) Herrera’s approach to training horses and their riders. As Director of SmartPak’s Barn Programs, Susan has enjoyed making sure we’re doing everything we can to make life easier for barn

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Remembering David Birdsall

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“We are so very sad to learn of the recent passing of David Birdsall, a friend in the local horse community. David was the proprietor of Silver Oak Equestrian Center in Hampton Falls, NH, and a friend of SmartPak’s.”

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Keeping Up with the SmartPakers: Susan’s Adventures at Redgate Farm

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“I spent the day on Saturday with my friends Liz Maloney, DVM, and Jocelyn Souliere as we trailered Liz’s three high-level jumpers to Redgate Farm in Newtown, CT (the home of Olympian Leslie Burr Howard) for some lessons. Leslie shares Redgate Farm with 3 other well-known H/J Trainers: Tim Keyes, Molly Ashe and Chris Cawley…”

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