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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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Peek in Our Paks – Sara F.

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

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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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Step-by-Step Cross-Country Leg Protection With Woodburn

What’s the best way to prepare your horse’s legs to wear cross-country boots? How do you prevent rubbing and excess moisture? Woodburn, our regular model (not to mention top event horse having come in second at Rolex this past Spring) shows us how it’s done with a bit of help from his groom, Emma Ford.

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Owning 4-Star Event Horses: Annie Jones Tells You How

photo courtesy of Annie Jones It’s easy to get wrapped up in the event horses who are the stars of the sport. But some additional stars hover at their shoulders, usually out of sight. Though they might be out 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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Becky Holder and Courageous Comet move into 3rd

With a dressage test that created an eruption of cheers from the audience, Becky Holder and Courageous Comet move into the individual third place on day two of the World Equestrian Games. Catch an inside look before Becky and Comet’s

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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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Buck Davidson and Ballynoecastle perform at WEGs Dressage Day One

The crowd erupted as Buck Davidson entered the main arena today on dressage day one at the World Equestrian Games. So enthusiastically, in fact, that the announcer begged everyone to hold their enthusiasm for after his test. I caught a

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Team Fashion from the World Equestrian Games

Fashion comes in teams at the World Equestrian Games. Or any other world competition, for that matter, since the riders jog as teammates and wear matching outfits. For the 2010 jogs we saw a lot of ties and scarves in country colors but a few countries managed to stand out of the crowd.

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World Equestrian Games Friends (In Bronze)

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The Kentucky Horse Park celebrates horses in every way including in art. In our walks around the park (up and down hills, from one side to the other and back again) there are horses in pastures, prepping in warm-up rings, and hacking across fields. There are also horses frozen in time in sculpture that capture moments we all know well.

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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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