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On the Road with SmartPak: The All-American Quarter Horse Congress, Part 1

One of the perks of working for SmartPak is being able to travel to the biggest horse shows in the country like the Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio. Being a western rider myself, it is an amazing bonus to

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Two SmartPakers Practice Their Hands-on Equine Skills at the NEAEP Wet-Labs

As the Staff Veterinarian and Medical Director for SmartPak, I consider myself lucky in that I get to attend not one, but two equine veterinarian meetings each year: the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Annual Convention usually in December

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Adventures of the SmartPak Mobile Store: September

At the beginning of September, I headed to the LA Equestrian Center for the Langer Medal hunter/jumper show. This show was interesting because it was 110 degrees all weekend, with a fire right across the freeway so the smoke was

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A Day of Friendship, Camaraderie & Sportsmanship at the Special Olympics

Earlier this month, a group of SmartPakers headed to Smithfield Farm to volunteer at the Special Olympics Massachusetts Equestrian Show. We’re lucky enough to have been able to volunteer at this event for several years now, and have always enjoyed

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My Pup’s Adoption Story

Growing up (and even still to this day), I was not just a horse lover, but an animal lover in general. I wanted to save any and every animal that came my way. Yes, I was that girl. I seemed

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Top 3 Things I Can’t Live Without on Show Day

Summertime and show season are two of my favorite things! Warm air, long sunny days, and no more winter coats or layers. What’s not to love about summer? Aside from finally thawing out from winter, summer also brings show season.

Posted in Gear Review, Stories & Adventures

Young & Developing Horses (and Young & Developing Riders) Share the Spotlight at Lamplight

Imagine you’re warming up for a dressage test in the same arena as . . . Laura Graves! And your judges include . . . FEI 5* judge Gary Rockwell! And then George Williams, the USDF President strolls by! This

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A Western Girl in an English World

If you didn’t get an idea from the title, I ride Western. I started learning how to ride in Western Pleasure, but I had a need for speed, so I quickly traded my silver-plated saddle for a barrel saddle and

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On the Road with SmartPak: the 2017 NEAEP Symposium

The Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners (NEAEP) Symposium focuses on increasing the health and welfare of horses by providing educational classes and materials for equine veterinarians, farriers, technicians, and veterinary students. In addition to classroom learning and a tradeshow filled

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A Day of Driving followed by . . . Another Day of Driving

What ranges from 9 to 17 hands? Entries in the first-ever “Day of Driving” at the Fox Valley Saddle Association and at the first-ever HUB Club Arena Driving Trial, that’s what! Held Saturday July 15 and Sunday July 16 at

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Peek in my Dog’s SmartPak: Cooper Bradley

Staff Member: Kim Department: Accounting Dog: Cooper, Hound mix Just like with your horse, it’s important to ensure that your canine friend has the support he needs to feel his best. To help keep Cooper the happy, healthy, and thriving

Posted in Canine Lifestyle, Stories & Adventures

Field Day Essentials

Every year my barn family and I prepare for “field day”. This is one of my most favorite days and one that everybody in the barn looks forward to all summer. You might be wondering, well, what is field day

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The Rider’s Inner Monologue: Attempted Trail Ride

Well, here we are, back again at the barn with a nervous knot in my stomach. If this seems familiar, it may be that you’re remembering the last time we hung out on ‘Vet Check Day’. (If you weren’t with

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Adventures of a first-time Show (horse) Mom: Part 2 – Be on time, no really, we’re waiting

As we covered in Part 1, I haven’t actively participated in a horse show in decades. Even with somebody else planning every detail of our show outing, I still felt incredibly rusty. But the show must go on (see what

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Top Tips for Preparing for an Overnight Vet Visit

Sending our horses for an overnight visit to the vet can be as stressful as our own family members being in the hospital. In some cases, your horse spending the night at the vet is an emergency situation and you

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