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Road to Rolex Kentucky

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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Down Under Horsemanship in Tampa, FL

“This past weekend was stop number two for the Clinton Anderson Walkabout Tour in sunny Tampa, Florida. SmartPaker Susan and I had the chance to hang out with the Down Under Horsemanship crew and hear some great horse stories from our customers. This was my first time attending a Clinton Anderson clinic to learn about how he helps horse owners build better relationships with their horses and progress with their training…”

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A View From the Stands – Part 7

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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Road to London: Boyd Martin, Part 2

“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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Road to London: Boyd Martin, Part 1

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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A Tribute to Team SmartPak Rider Amy Tryon

Farewell and kick-on Amy…you were a fantastic partner and friend to those of us at SmartPak for many years. All of our hearts are heavy today as we say goodbye to a very important member of our team and an incredible horsewoman, far too early…

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London Calling!

Photo credit: Abby Gibbon for Chronicle of the Horse Hi – Shannon Dueck here. Last year I blogged about my experiences as my lovely mare Ayscha and I tried to make it to the WEG in Kentucky – it was

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Meet Okie Dun Did It (aka Tango)

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

Check out these top picks from the Team SmartPak pros, or head over to 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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In 2010, Team SmartPak reiner Tom McCutcheon and his mount Gunner’s Special Nite made history. Twice.

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2011 Rolex Day 1 Recap

With the first day of action completed at the 2011 Rolex Three Day Event, we’d be remiss if we didn’t take the opportunity to share the highlights from the first day. Whether you’re a rider, SmartPak employee or eventing fan, it was a long and very full day…

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Last Dressage Show in the Sunny South!

We had our last dressage show this weekend at Southern Comfort. All my horses were very good, but I have to say, they are getting tired. This has been a long winter for them, especially the young ones. They need a break!

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We talk of Spring, but it really is Winter…

How do I know it is that time of year again? Well, random food items are gone, miscellaneous items of my clothing are missing, the garbage bins are overflowing, and oh, the house is absent the gleeful sounds of rambunctious

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Greetings from Aiken!

We have had a wonderful start to our time in Aiken! I am so thrilled with the great improvements I have seen in my horses so far this year. Jack and I have really started a whole new relationship with

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Silva Martin’s Top Tips on Riding a Training Level Dressage Test

t’s always such a pleasure to speak with Silva Martin, truly. The bonus for us, though, is not just that she’s lovely and bright and funny, but that she’s an accomplished and talented dressage rider who knows the sport backwards and forwards.

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