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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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Those moments that make your heart bounce…

It is Saturday of the AECs, aka “the mandatory outing” and I am at work while Amy is trying to make the US Team for the World Equestrian Games.  So this is the series of events that show up on

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Richland Park HT and a whirlwind trip…

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Amy, Shelby, Leyland and just about all of the O’Connor Event Team headed east from the heat and humidity of Virginia to compete in either the Three Star or the Advanced divisions of Richland Park with their short listed horses.

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Supplements for the Horse Respiratory System

What supplement can I use as a bronchodilator for endurance race horses in a dusty environment?

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That’s my horse, no it’s not, yes it is…

Some day’s jokes are funny even without knowing the rest of the story; well then again I do know the rest of the story. Let’s just say that I know someone who may be trying to challenge me for the worst ability to recognize a horse.

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GMHA Training and Novice 3-Day Event

Greetings from the GMHA Training and Novice 3-Day Event! SmartPak is a proud sponsor of both the GMHA and the Classic 3-Day Series, so it was the perfect blog storm when one of SmartPak’s own, Colby, qualified for the event

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Training in Germany

Guten Morgen. Last time I updated my SmartPak blog I was still in Belgium – well a whole lot has happened since then! Ayscha was still not a happy camper with the pressure of competing at Aachen building up, so

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Here we go…

So this is a start to another grand adventure. Whether we end up at the WEG or not, it will be an interesting process. It is funny, for it almost seems like the very first time Amy was selected to represent the USA.

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Tim McQuay and Tom McCutcheon On SmartPak

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We sat down with Team SmartPak and U.S. Reining WEG team members, Tim McQuay and Tom McCutcheon, to get their thoughts on why they use the SmartPak system and how’s it become an integral component in their barns.

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Tim McQuay and Tom McCutcheon on WEG

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We caught up with Tim and Tom before the Battle in the Saddle to get their thoughts on being WEG-hopefuls, their excitement with having the games in the states and the pressure that comes with being on the team.

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Some Days I’m slow…

So, when SmartPak asked Team Tryon to consider doing a blog, I was both secretly excited and publicly worried. Worried you ask? Well, my writing, such as it is, sort of happens on its own timeline. More to the point,

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2010 CDIO Rotterdam

Here I sit roasting in my caravan in Belgium – How did it get this hot? Very suddenly!

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Luhmühlen Recap

Cross country day in Luhmühlen was kind of crazy. Arthur warmed up fantastically and went out on course making easy work of everything.

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