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Day 12 Live from London – Olympic Individual Show Jumping Medals and Highlights

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Day 12 Live from London – Olympic Individual Show Jumping Medals and Highlights from the USEFNetwork.com and SmartPak.

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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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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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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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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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Pak Across the Pond – Day 8

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After a day like today, it’s hard to know where to begin. But I guess I’ll stick with the tried and true method and start at the beginning. The beginning of today was actually last night, as I ended last night so far past exhausted that I forgot to set my alarm for the first time since college.

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In the Tack with the Pak – Melissa, Ellie and Gateway

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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.

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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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Meet Amanda and Ali

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“Ali is an off the track thoroughbred who I adopted from a local rescue in the summer of 2011. When I first got her, she had the gangly build of a young filly with little muscling and tone…”

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Meet Meg, Aimee and Obsession – 2012 Update

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In 2010, after a winter of showing in Florida, Orion’s owners noticed he’d lost interest in his feed, which was really out of character. They immediately had him scoped by the vet, who confirmed gastric ulcers…

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Meet Charissa and Joel

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I saw a free trial for SmartOmega 3, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try it – well, I love it! After just a month, my horse’s coat started to look slick and shiny. A year later, his coat is still shiny, and now the color is deeper and richer than ever…

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