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Meet Margo, Joe and Major Red Jacket (“RJ”)

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“RJ was showing promise as a young horse, but he started to become very sore. A year ago, he was diagnosed with OCD in his stifle. The prognosis wasn’t great — his career as a show horse was in jeopardy, and early retirement was considered…”

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Meet Okie Dun Did It (aka Tango)

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Assistant Trainer Melanie Petroll and Tango kicking up some dust at the National Reining Breeders Classic Name: Okie Dun Did It (“Tango”) Gender: Gelding Breed: Quarter Horse Age: 14 Discipline: Reining Owners: The McQuay Family With over $55,000 in lifetime

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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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My Weekend at the Kentucky Reining Cup

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My reining royalty experience began 1st thing Friday morning. Excited to be on-site and look around, my guest Jamey and I were on the grounds and parking at the Alltech Arena by 9:00 a.m. In retrospect I’m sure the parking attendant got a good laugh out of us, considering that reining didn’t start until 6:00 p.m. that night and the Alltech Arena is probably a good mile away from the main Rolex and Horse Park areas…

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Recommendations When Planning a Trip to the Kentucky Reining Cup

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THANK SmartPak for this amazing opportunity and allowing me to share it with everyone. THANK my husband and my friend Jamey’s husband for both stepping down from other planned activities so that Jamey and I can go on this trip together. TRY to remain patient when non-horse people ask if you are bringing your horse with you to compete in Kentucky. (sorry Lucky, I love you but we are not ready for Open FEI reining)…

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The Day I Found Out

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The cell phone rings again- third time this afternoon. Sighing, I hit “dismiss call” and went turned back to my computer.

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Meet Sergio and Hollywood Cielo “Gallo”

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Gallo is a great horse, but he is getting older and I have noticed that he is not the ‘free moving’ horse that he used to be. I tried a lot of supplements before I found SmartPak.

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SmartPak Blog Futurity Set Ups

The NRHA Futurity is one of the biggest events of the reining year and the set ups surely add to the excitement in the air. Set ups are a great way for ranches to advertise, promote stallions and to demonstrate their hospitality.

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Tom McCutcheon and Tim McQuay’s SmartPaks

You’ve probably already heard that Team SmartPak reiners Tom McCutcheon and Tim McQuay were gold medalists at the World Equestrian Games. But did you know that they support their superstar horses, Gunners Special Nite and Hollywoodstinseltown, with SmartPak’s own line of supplements called SmartSupplements?

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Tom McCutcheon Wins Individual Gold

Tom and Cade McCutcheon after yesterday’s final. Photos courtesy of Jennifer Wood Media, Inc. Oh man, what a trip this has been! Everyone was very keyed up for yesterday’s individual reining final. This was it, the no-holds barred title round,

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Just Your Typical Day in Lexington

It has been said before, but this is such a cool experience! The World Equestrian Games continue to amaze and impress me with all that there is to see!

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USA Wins Team Gold!

It is always great to win, especially when you know that you have competed and done your best against the best in the world. It was a great day for everyone on the USA Reining Team. Tom McCutcheon started things

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Shawn Flarida’s Run at the 2010 WEG Reining Team Competition

The Team Reining competition is wrapping up at the World Equestrian Games and Team USA still has a dominant lead. One of the SmartPak team happened to capture this video of Shawn Flarida’s run aboard RC Fancy Step that earned

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The Reiners Have Arrived!

We are here!  After months of planning, preparing and organizing, the day has finally come!  The first group from Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses and McQuay Stables arrived at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky today amid a flurry of

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Tom McCutcheon Rehabilition Center

Tom McCutcheon and Tim McQuay on Tom’s Equine Spa and Rehabilitation Center.

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