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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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Training in Germany

Guten Morgen. Last time I updated my SmartPak blog I was still in Belgium – well a whole lot has happened since then! Ayscha was still not a happy camper with the pressure of competing at Aachen building up, so

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Here we go…

So this is a start to another grand adventure. Whether we end up at the WEG or not, it will be an interesting process. It is funny, for it almost seems like the very first time Amy was selected to represent the USA.

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Some Days I’m slow…

So, when SmartPak asked Team Tryon to consider doing a blog, I was both secretly excited and publicly worried. Worried you ask? Well, my writing, such as it is, sort of happens on its own timeline. More to the point,

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2010 CDIO Rotterdam

Here I sit roasting in my caravan in Belgium – How did it get this hot? Very suddenly!

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Luhmühlen Recap

Cross country day in Luhmühlen was kind of crazy. Arthur warmed up fantastically and went out on course making easy work of everything.

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Tim McQuay and Tom McCutcheon on the Battle in the Saddle

Tim McQuay and Tom McCutcheon on the upcoming Battle in the Saddle test event that will determine the 2010 U.S. WEG Reining team.

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Tim McQuay Interview

We got a chance to catch up with Tim McQuay while we were at the NRHA Derby to talk SmartPak, superstitions and his love for the NRHA Futurity.

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Kentucky Chronicles: Live from Lingen

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Good Morning, last I left you with me getting ready to show at the big CDI at Lingen, Germany. Let me tell you all about it – another fabulous show under our belts!

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Live from Wiesbaden

Good Morning – another sunny and brisk day in Europe greets me. It gets light here before 5 am, and it gets dark sometime just before 11 pm. It is hard to go to bed at a reasonable time when

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I have decided to go to Luhmuhlen!!!

Yes… Luhmuhlen is next! Arthur is perfect, I am determined! My travel plans, thanks to Paul Weygand at Mersant, are set. I love working with Paul. Fortunately we have done this a couple of times now, so we have a

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An Interview with Tuny Page

Over the years Arlene “Tuny” Page and her horse, Wild One, have enjoyed a tremendous amount of success in the show ring. Their career highlights include 12th overall and highest placed U.S. pair at 2006 World Cup, Amsterdam, NL Winners,

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Hello from beautiful Belgium!

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Hello from beautiful Belgium! The trip was loooong – it started at 9 am when the transport truck came to pick Ayscha and I up at our farm in Loxahatchee, Florida– he took us down to a quarantine barn near

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Charlie Cole for SmartPak

    One of the head trainers at Highpoint Performance Horses in Pilot Point, TX, Charlie Cole has been involved with horses for over 35 years and has trained more than 50 AQHA World champions. Charlie is also an AQHA,

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