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A View from the Stands – Part 9

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The Pak is across the pond and the action is officially underway in London. In this blog series, SmartPakers Sarah and Colby will be sharing stories about the people they meet while watching the action live in the stands (and on the XC course) in Greenwich.

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Pak Across the Pond – Day 12

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Just 24 hours after Team GB took home show jumping team gold, the dressage team decided to get in on the history-making action. While the jumping team had put in a decidedly dominant performance, the dressage riders positively piaffed away with the lead, having the gold medal in hand before the final German and Dutch riders even entered the ring…

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The Olympics Isn’t Just Riding?

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I believe that I mentioned it in one of my earlier blogs, but the equestrian sports have been so all-consuming that I really don’t know much about what’s going on with all of the other sports, despite the fact that they’re essentially taking place all around me here in London. We had a late start to the riding events the other day and I took that opportunity to go explore a bit and get some exposure to the rest of the Olympics, outside of my daily orbit in Greenwich Park…

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Once Upon a Falafel Joint

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There’s a really unique experience that forms around the Olympic games, where people who are normally on the other side of a TV screen are suddenly right in front of your face. It takes awhile for the shock to wear off, but eventually you get oddly used to seeing Jan Ebeling chatting on his cell phone outside Starbucks, and waiting for the crosswalk signal to change next to Rodrigo Pessoa…

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Day 11 Live from London – Olympic Team Dressage Medals & Highlights

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Day 11 Live from London – Olympic Team Dressage Medals and Highlights from the USEFNetwork.com and SmartPak.

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A View from the Stands – Part 8

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The Pak is across the pond and the action is officially underway in London. In this blog series, SmartPakers Sarah and Colby will be sharing stories about the people they meet while watching the action live in the stands (and on the XC course) in Greenwich.

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Pak Across the Pond – Day 11

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It was truly electric. From the moment the first horse trotted in from the warm up, the air in the stadium was alive with a nervous energy as show jumping fans waited to witness history…

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Down with IBC? (Yeah you know me)

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Yesterday I had a very special opportunity (courtesy of our good friend, Allyn Mann from Adequan) to tour the International Broadcast Center (IBC) at the Olympic Park with Jamie Saults from NBC. Jamie is an endurance rider and enthusiastic horse owner, but also directly involved in the production of NBC equestrian coverage for the Olympics, The Kentucky Derby, and many other major competitions like WEG…

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Work Hard, Play Hard

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I think it’s been clear from some of our earlier blogs that while the US Team and the staff of the USEF is all business over here, they do also find some time to kick-back and have fun. I think you need to have that “work hard, play hard” element to your day to get through an event as intense as the Olympics, or any major discipline competition, really.

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Day 10 Live from London – Olympic Team Jumping Day 3 Highlights

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Day 10 Live from London – Olympic Team Jumping Day 3 Highlights from the USEFNetwork.com and SmartPak.

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Day 9 Live from London – Olympic Jumping Day 2 Highlights

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Day 9 Live from London – Olympic Jumping Day 2 Highlights from the USEFNetwork.com and SmartPak.

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Pak Across the Pond – Day 10

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I’ve missed you guys so much! It felt really weird not having anyone to chronicle every waking thought to. And after I forgot my phone during Show Jumping Day 2, so I couldn’t tweet, I thought I was going to go into withdrawal. So, long short, I’m glad to be back!

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Day 8 Live from London – Olympic Jumping Day 1 Highlights

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Day 8 Live from London – Olympic Jumping Day 1 Highlights from the USEFNetwork.com and SmartPak.

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A View From the Stands – Part 7

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The Pak is across the pond and the action is officially underway in London. In this blog series, SmartPakers Sarah and Colby will be sharing stories about the people they meet while watching the action live in the stands (and on the XC course) in Greenwich.

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Day 7 Live from London – Olympic Dressage Day 2 Highlights

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Day 7 Live from London – Olympic Dressage Day 2 Highlights from the USEFNetwork.com and SmartPak.

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