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Road to Rolex Kentucky

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As Rolex quickly approaches, we wanted to give you the inside scoop on how our Team SmartPak riders are preparing and planning for the notorious event. We spoke to Phillip Dutton, Jennie Brannigan, Jan Byyny and Boyd Martin’s groom extraordinaire Lindsey Taylor to get their thoughts as they set their sights on Kentucky.

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What’s new for spring?

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“Your new SmartPak catalog will be arriving soon. With so many amazing products (designed and selected just for you and your horses) how do you know where to start shopping? Let me help get you started in the right direction with my must-haves for Spring.”

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Horse Illustrated’s Spring [Fashion] Forward

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“This spring, expect to find riding gear that’s packed full of performance features, with both modern and traditional elements of style…”

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Can you spot the secret stresses?

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This scene might look picture perfect, but things aren’t always what they seem. The fact is, no matter how pampered a horse is, there are aspects of modern horsekeeping that are at odds with the way he was designed to live. These conflicts can take a troublesome toll, causing a range of problems from digestive upset to compromised immunity and even a affecting your horse’s soundness and performance…

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Winter escape to Arabians and arid deserts

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“At the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show there was plenty around to occupy the equine enthusiast from cheering on competitors in the four different rings to the great shopping experience. SmartPakers Casey, Paige, Susan and Courtney really enjoyed visiting with our customers, as well as watching and learning more about this brilliant breed…”

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Meet Sarah and Apple Jax (“AJ”)

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“AJ has massive scope and a huge heart, but as we progressed into higher levels of eventing he began to get stiff through his joints after hard workouts…”

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Posted in Our Stars, Success Stories

“Just Go Ride.”

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“Two weekends ago I made the trip to Upper Marlborough, MD to the Capital Challenge horse show. I received an invitation to the Ariat National Adult Medal Finals. It was a goal that I had set early in the year and was so happy when I found out that I had qualified. This was the first time I had competed at any type of big indoor horse show…”

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Top-10 Eventing Products

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Every month, we tally our customer reviews from event riders like you to find our customers’ favorite products. With 79,000+ reviews, we think it’s hard to beat the insight from our own customers. Check out this month’s Top-10 Eventing Products to find some great picks for you and your horse.

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Top-10 Dressage Products

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Every month, we tally our customer reviews from dressage riders like you to find our customers’ favorite products. With 78,000+ reviews, we think it’s hard to beat the insight from our own customers. Check out this month’s Top-10 Dressage Products to find some great picks for you and your horse.

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Top-10 Hunter/Jumper Products

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Every month, we tally our customer reviews from hunters and jumpers like you to find our customers’ favorite products. With 78,000+ reviews, we think it’s hard to beat the insight from our own customers. Check out this month’s Top-10 Hunter/Jumper Products to find some great picks for you and your horse.

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Meet Meredith and The Big Promise (“Toby”)

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“Toby has competed in national AQHA Hunter Under Saddle classes since the age of three, and he is a multiple performance ROM earner and the National Reserve Champion in Junior Hunter Under Saddle. He loves to work and loves even more to be in the show ring!…”

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What a (Youth) World!

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We caught up with AQHYA President Mark Mowbray after the 2012 AQHYA World Championships to talk about his experience at the show and the supplements he uses to keep Teddy looking good (and placing well!).

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Party in the USA (House)

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So, Sarah and I have officially been here a week. It frankly feels like a month with all of the experiences that we’ve had and the fact that one day just seems to roll into the next. We’ve been loving

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On the Road to the 2012 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup

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The 2012 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup is underway in Kreuth, Germany! Get the inside scoop on how things are going in this update from SmartPak customer and AQHYA President, Mark Mowbray.

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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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