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Becoming an Equine Sports Massage Therapist

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As I entered my senior year at Cazenovia College, I was presented with many opportunities to research and discover my true passion – alternative therapies for horses. I started researching many different types of alternatives therapies that humans use in

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Finding Newman


It was 2005. Star Wars Episode III was concluding the saga, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was flying off the bookshelves, and yes, we were already hooked on American Idol and Dancing with the Stars. And I was “between” horses. I had retired my teenage off-the-track thoroughbred Distinct Leader because of a multitude of health and soundness issues and had been looking for almost two years for a new horse that might have more talent and less problems.

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Keeping up with the SmartPakers: Weekend Update – August 5, 2013

During the week, you know our life is no mystery: we are here working hard to make you happier and your horse healthier. But what do we do on the weekend, you ask? The mystery is revealed! Read about what

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Finding Sawyer – Part II: Actually Finding Sawyer


If you missed Part 1, read that first! At this point, the quest for my perfect Morgan horse began in earnest. My teenage self, the one with polo shirts and hairnets and perfectly shiny boots, was baffled. But my true

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A Hunter/Jumper Goes to Eventing Camp

photo credit Emily Moynihan

On the morning of Friday, June 21st, I pulled into the driveway at Valinor Farm in Plymouth, MA, feeling equal parts nervous and excited. I had signed up for a three-day adult eventing clinic, and it was the first morning.

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Traveling with Precious Cargo – One SmartPaker’s tips on long-distance shipping

My thoroughbred Sam has followed me to and from school while I was in college (a good five hour trip on a trailer) and made the long trip from NJ to MA (about six and half hours) when I started

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Keeping up with the SmartPakers: Weekend Update – July 22, 2013


During the week, you know our life is no mystery: we are here working hard to make you happier and your horse healthier. But what do we do on the weekend, you ask? The mystery is revealed! Read about what

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Finding Sawyer – Part I: Finding Myself


My first pony was a shaggy, chestnut gelding named Dexter. Although I don’t come from a horsey family, my grandfather always loved horses, and bought me Dexter at a very young age, starting my lifelong passion. Those of you who

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Falling for Quarter Horses – A peek into the fall western photo shoot


A lot of planning and coordination is required to pull off the SmartPak catalog! This time, the photo shoot was held at beautiful Whitney Ridge Stables, LLC (WRS) in Higganum, CT. The crew, consisting of SmartPakers Becki, Melissa, Lissa, Maria,

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10 Things to Know Before Building a Barn or Indoor Arena


In addition to being a rock star Software Quality Assurance Manager, SmartPaker Jess is also a barn owner. She recently went through the lengthy process of building a new indoor arena, and she was kind enough to put together her

Posted in Stories & Adventures

HOW Design Conference


Recently, a few designers from the Creative team were sent to San Francisco for the HOW Design Live conference!! It was my first time on the West Coast, so I was also very excited to travel there. Upon arrival, it

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Falkner’s Eye Injury


On September 4th 2012, I received a call from the barn. The fact that I was receiving a call was alarming since they only call when something bad has happened. Texting is the usual form of communicating these days. I

Posted in Health & Nutrition, Stories & Adventures

Autumn in July


There’s so much to love about the Fall SmartPak Catalog photo shoots, from fun new apparel in flashy fall colors to gorgeous horses in brand new blankets. Our photo shoot team puts in hundreds of hours to make our apparel

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Remembering Gunner


Shortly after I graduated from Penn State (in 2010), I was presented with a once in lifetime opportunity: to work as a breeding intern at McQuay Stables, home of Team SmartPak rider Tim McQuay. I grew up as a hunter/jumper

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Happy Birthday Nate


So my horse Nate is getting a little older, but he always surprises me what he can do. Nate and I used to show back in the day, but now that he’s in his golden years, we usually just stick

Posted in Stories & Adventures

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