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A Tribute to Team SmartPak Rider Amy Tryon

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Farewell and kick-on Amy…you were a fantastic partner and friend to those of us at SmartPak for many years. All of our hearts are heavy today as we say goodbye to a very important member of our team and an incredible horsewoman, far too early…

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Straight from the Rider’s Mouth

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Check out these top picks from the Team SmartPak pros, or head over to SmartPak.com to read over 45,000 product reviews from riders across the country! 2011 Rolex Kentucky Competitor Allison Springer Charles Owen GR8 Helmet (#12415, $279.95) “I’m proud

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We talk of Spring, but it really is Winter…

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How do I know it is that time of year again? Well, random food items are gone, miscellaneous items of my clothing are missing, the garbage bins are overflowing, and oh, the house is absent the gleeful sounds of rambunctious

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A generic blog title, so named to keep me out of trouble…

Amy and Leyland riding at Cathy Wieschhoff’s farm As we all know, humor is based largely on timing; a joke said at one moment gets you laughter, the same joke said at a different moment probably gets you smacked.  Of

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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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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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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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