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A Medals Prediction from Boyd Martin

“How fast can you get to the statue of Bruce Davidson?” “40 seconds” “I’ll beat you there”. It’s hard to beat Boyd for always being available to his eventing fans and taking things in stride. Things like a rock solid,

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Dressage Day Two Recap

The minutes and moments have been flying by at the World Equestrian Games for me and for everyone else here. That includes Silva Martin who, as you might imagine, has been very busy what with her husband riding in the

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Cross-Country Course Walk with Bruce Davison, Allison Springer, Amy Tryon, and Kiwi Joe Meyers

The crowds for the Professional Riders Organization cross-country course walk with Bruce Davidson, Allison Springer, Kiwi Joe Meyers, and Amy Tryon were what one might call, let’s say, enormous. See that teeming mass of eventing fans below? Right, that’s roughly

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Let’s Walk the WEG Cross-Country with Allison Springer

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The World Equestrian Games is, undoubtedly, a big 4 star course. Let Allison Springer take you around the course with some highlights, which questions are particularly hard, and which horses and riders will succeed.

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Dressage Day One Recap

Two US riders rode today. Boyd went first at 10:32 and Buck at 3 o’clock. Boyd warmed up really well and looked fantastic, better than he’s ever looked. He went into ring and as soon as the announcer said that

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Contributor Spotlight: Dressage Rider Silva Martin

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Getting analysis from an expert is always insightful and eye-opening. We’re lucky to have our newest Team SmartPak dressage rider (and wife to eventer Boyd Martin) contributing and walking us through the dressage at the World Equestrian Games. We’ll hear

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Tom McCutcheon Wins Individual Gold

Tom and Cade McCutcheon after yesterday’s final. Photos courtesy of Jennifer Wood Media, Inc. Oh man, what a trip this has been! Everyone was very keyed up for yesterday’s individual reining final. This was it, the no-holds barred title round,

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Welcome to the World Equestrian Games

Welcome to the World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park! There’s so much to come but let’s start with a walk around the park with me.

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Just Your Typical Day in Lexington

It has been said before, but this is such a cool experience! The World Equestrian Games continue to amaze and impress me with all that there is to see!

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USA Wins Team Gold!

It is always great to win, especially when you know that you have competed and done your best against the best in the world. It was a great day for everyone on the USA Reining Team. Tom McCutcheon started things

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Shawn Flarida’s Run at the 2010 WEG Reining Team Competition

The Team Reining competition is wrapping up at the World Equestrian Games and Team USA still has a dominant lead. One of the SmartPak team happened to capture this video of Shawn Flarida’s run aboard RC Fancy Step that earned

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The Reiners Have Arrived!

We are here!  After months of planning, preparing and organizing, the day has finally come!  The first group from Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses and McQuay Stables arrived at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky today amid a flurry of

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Those moments that make your heart bounce…

It is Saturday of the AECs, aka “the mandatory outing” and I am at work while Amy is trying to make the US Team for the World Equestrian Games.  So this is the series of events that show up on

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Richland Park HT and a whirlwind trip…

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Amy, Shelby, Leyland and just about all of the O’Connor Event Team headed east from the heat and humidity of Virginia to compete in either the Three Star or the Advanced divisions of Richland Park with their short listed horses.

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That’s my horse, no it’s not, yes it is…

Some day’s jokes are funny even without knowing the rest of the story; well then again I do know the rest of the story. Let’s just say that I know someone who may be trying to challenge me for the worst ability to recognize a horse.

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