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Course Walk with Allison Springer

Allison Springer Course Walk

The SmartPakers got a personal course walk with Four Star Eventer and Team SmartPak Rider, Allison Springer. Check out some of the tricky questions the riders will encounter in Greenwich Park!

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The Pak Across the Pond Day 1, Part 2

SmartPakers Sarah and Colby take us/you on a tour of the USEF house where they are staying for the next two weeks.

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The Pak Across the Pond Day 1, Part 1

The Pak Across the Pond Day 1

SmartPaker Sarah and her trusty camera woman, Colby, are in London for the 2012 Summer Games. For Day 1, they decided to take a walk around the city to get a feel for where they are and what special things the city has for them.

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Road to London: Boyd Martin, Part 2

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“We are nine days away from opening ceremonies and we continue to work away on the horses’ preparation for the Olympics. After the horses galloped on Friday, they had a day off Saturday and Boyd and I took the afternoon to enjoy some sightseeing in Cheltenham…”

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Road to London: Boyd Martin, Part 1

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Things are in full swing as we continue the lead up to the 2012 Games. We are 13 days away from the first trot up and we are busily attending to every detail in preparation for this competition…

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Meet Claire and Grace Kelly (“Gracie”)

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“My mare, Grace Kelly, and I have had many years of competing successfully in Jumpers and Eventing. Last September, I found out that Gracie had a softball size bladder stone that required surgery to remove. A few days later she was kicked in the field and broke her hind splint bone in two places, requiring further surgery. After her long recovery time, I started Gracie back to work…”

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In the Tack with the Pak – Sara and Diem

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As riders, we know there’s a special connection between us and our horses that’s hard to put into words, but this bond is so strong that even non-riders can sense it. In an effort to better understand this relationship, our staff Photographer, Kristi (one of the few non-riders at SmartPak), will be visiting a different SmartPaker’s barn each month to watch them interact with their horses and learn more about their story as a pair. She will document her experiences in this monthly blog series along with some of her photography, because we all know that a connection so special is hard to describe simply in words. This month, Kristi headed out to Valinor Farms with Sara from our Creative team to meet Sara’s horse, Diem.

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Meet Tawn and Zula

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“Zula is a superb pony who has struggled with breathing issues for the past couple of years. Even though she is only 13 years old, I had to consider an early retirement due to the severity of her respiratory troubles…”

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Peek in Our Paks – Maria T.

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Ever wish you could take a sneak peek inside our horses’ and dogs’ SmartPaks? Now you can! Check out the supplements we love, for the animals we adore.

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Meet Cindi Moravec and Do It Exact (“Zack”) – 2012 Update

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As a 22-year-old, Zack was competing in Training Level events. Cindi wanted to make sure he had enough support to keep feeling good and enjoying his job.

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Meet Heather and Koshari Flash (“Sarge”) – 2012 Update

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After Sarge broke his co n bone, detaching his deep digital flexor tendon, Heather feared his career was over. With careful rehab and SmartFlex III Resilience, Sarge was back schooling 3rd level dressage after just months.

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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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Meet Jessica and Alex

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I purchased Alex in 2009 after falling in love with her playful and kind nature. When I brought her home, I noticed that she always had a runny discharge down her hind legs. When I asked her previous owner about it, she told me Alex had always been that way, and it didn’t seem to bother her. It bothered me
though! Besides being unsightly, I worried that she might have a serious digestive condition…

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Meet Jenna, Barb and Dude

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Name: Dude’s Shadowdancer (Dude) Gender: Gelding Age: 14 Discipline: Eventing and All-Around Owners: Jenna and Barb Hedstrom When we first brought Dude home, he was not in good shape. We took his health and well-being seriously, so we had our

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Adored in All Arenas

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If you want to shop with confidence, head to SmartPak.com. Not only do we test every product on our own horses, we’ve got over 45,000 product reviews written by horse owners just like you. Check out these top picks, broken

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