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Road to London: Boyd Martin, Part 1

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Things are in full swing as we continue the lead up to the 2012 Games. We are 13 days away from the first trot up and we are busily attending to every detail in preparation for this competition…

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Posted in Blogs, SmartPak Features, Stories & Adventures, Team SmartPak, Travel

Meet Kellie and Beamer

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“I purchased my beautiful sorrel show mule, Call Me the Fireman, aka Beamer, in February of 2010. We are on our 3rd show season together and have already won many Championships and All Around Performance Titles in English, Western, and Halter classes. Beamer is an amazing guy…”

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Posted in Our Stars, Success Stories

Fun Photos from the SmartPak Fun Show

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We were so pleased to be able to host our second annual SmartPak Horse Fun Show at Beland Stables in Lakeville, MA last month! We invited SmartPakers and their friends and family to participate, volunteer, or spectate, and all the proceeds went to one of our favorite rescues — Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue in Pawling, NY…

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Traveling with Your Horse? Reduce the Red Tape

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Whether it’s a short distance or a long trip, you’ve got a lot to think about any time you haul your horse. Getting all the right tests done and paperwork filled out may seem like a lot of extra time and money. In this article, you’ll find out what you need to travel and why.

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Meet Mollie and F-1

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“Last year, I purchased my Tennessee Walking Horse at an auction and took him on a thirteen-hour trailer ride home. A week after his trip, I noticed F-1 had started losing a lot of weight and muscle mass and he wasn’t performing as well as usual…”

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On the Road AGAIN

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The old adage “better safe than sorry” applies to countless aspects of horsemanship, but perhaps none more so than trailering. To help your horse stay safe, and yourself stay sane, keep your trailer well- stocked and organized, so that you’ll be ready for anything.

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Bits + Pieces

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You probably know the difference between a full cheek and a D-ring, but what about an Uxeter Kimberwicke? We’ve explained a few unusual options and a bit about leverage (sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves!).

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Posted in Gear Review, SmartPak Features

Dog and Pony Show – Is Your Pup Prepared?

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Your tack is gleaming, the hay bags are hung in the trailer, your boots are spit-polished and your horse stands beautifully braided. As you load up to go, your dog is sticking to you like glue, catching your eye with that familiar questioning look: “Can I go too? Can I? Can I? Can I?”…

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De-stress Yourself for a Calm Horse

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Your horse instantly picks up on your attitude and his behavior probably reflects it. Here are seven ways you can de-stress before and during a competition.

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Pak’s Picks for a Happy Horse Show with Your Dog

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It’s 4 AM, your gear is cleaned and packed like Tetris in the gooseneck, the horses are wrapped and loaded in the trailer, and your dog is already warming your seat in the truck. It’s horse show time and everyone seems to know it…

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Isn’t Spring Wonderful?!

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Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. The feeling of fresh and new that comes along with spring is inspirational. Horses who have been ridden in indoors all winter are fresh and sassy on their first rides outside. They get that little sparkle back in their eyes that dims a bit in the long winter months indoors…

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“We Get You Because We Are You” – Veronica B.

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At SmartPak, we’re fond of saying “we get you because we are you,” but that’s more than a motto, it’s truly a way of life. Recently, we caught up with Veronica, one of our fabulous Customer Care Team members, about her recent experiences getting back into the hunter ring after a 6+ year hiatus from showing.

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Roeckl: Six Generations of Designing and Making the Finest Gloves

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Jakob Roeckl was a master leather tailor. Leather tailors of the time manufactured all sorts of small leather goods, but gloves in particular. After successfully passing his examination in Munich “with much praise and approval” to become a master craftsman, Jakob traveled to Vienna on foot, where he was able to broaden his knowledge and perfect his skills as a tailor and dressmaker at the imperial court. In 1839, Jakob dared to take the leap to found Roeckl and become independent with his small leather tailor business.

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Charles Owen: Three Generations of Making Helmets for a Safer World

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World famous for raising the bar in safety, Charles Owen is celebrating its 100 year birthday as a leading British manufacturer of riding helmets.

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Sergio Grasso: Two Generations of Fine Italian Bootmaking

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Sergio Grasso was established at the beginning of the 1980’s.The aim was to combine quality with traditional Italian skills to create the ultimate high tech riding boots. The twenty-year experience of the industrialist from Verona is intertwined with his huge passion for horses and riding. The entire Grasso family is involved in the project. Monica Grasso deals with customer relations, both for Italy and abroad, consolidating and expanding the worldwide branding.

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