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A View from the Stands – Part 2

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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 1 Live from London – Olympic Highlights

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

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Course Walk with Allison Springer

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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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Pak Across the Pond – Day 2

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We truly could not have asked for more perfect weather to start off the games. A brilliantly sunny day with enough breeze to keep us comfy, even in the packed stadium seating.

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A View from the Stands – Part 1

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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 1

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“It’s after midnight local time, so technically I’m already a day late with this blog, which is just embarrassing, because it’s only our first day! But today technically started at 7 PM in Boston last night, which was almost literally 24 hours ago, and I only caught a cat nap on the plane, so I think I might let myself off the hook just this once…”

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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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Getting To Know the Locals – David

Getting to Know the Locals - David

For the next two weeks, SmartPakers Sarah ( and Colby will be chatting it up with some of the locals in London to get their stories, equine or otherwise. Today’s edition features a pub patron named David, who shares his feelings on social media and the time he “rode” a thoroughbred in Ireland.

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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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Out and About In Greenwich, Day 1

Out and About in Greenwich, Part 1

During their stay across the pond, SmartPakers Sarah and Colby are taking in the sights around Greenwich and want you to join them. Let’s check out the sights from their first day in jolly old England.

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Pak Across the Pond – T-Minus 0 Days!

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“Oh boy, oh Boy(d)!! We are on our way!!! After a whirlwind day of wrapping things up loose ends and planning ahead for our best Fall season ever, we are officially headed across the pond…”

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Pak Across the Pond – T-Minus 1 Day

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We leave tomorrow. And I’ve packed this much: I don’t know if you can tell from here, but that’s all pants. I’ve only packed pants. This is not because I don’t own shirts and dresses and the other things I’m

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Pak Across the Pond – T-Minus 2 Days

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Remember those old school Super Mario games, where if you stood still too long the edge of the screen would start to push you forward? Even if you tried to run backwards, the scene would just keep marching on at

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Pak Across the Pond – T-Minus 3 Days

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SmartPak is heading to London! We’ll be covering the games like only we can (that would be from a slightly weird, but seriously fun, rider’s perspective).

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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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