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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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WEG Gold Medalist Tom McCutcheon for SmartPak

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A generic blog title, so named to keep me out of trouble…

Amy and Leyland riding at Cathy Wieschhoff’s farm As we all know, humor is based largely on timing; a joke said at one moment gets you laughter, the same joke said at a different moment probably gets you smacked.  Of

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A Medals Prediction from Boyd Martin

“How fast can you get to the statue of Bruce Davidson?” “40 seconds” “I’ll beat you there”. It’s hard to beat Boyd for always being available to his eventing fans and taking things in stride. Things like a rock solid,

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Dressage Day Two Recap

The minutes and moments have been flying by at the World Equestrian Games for me and for everyone else here. That includes Silva Martin who, as you might imagine, has been very busy what with her husband riding in the

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WEG Dressage Freestyle Close-Ups

If you were lucky enough to attend the World Equestrian Games dressage freestyle last night then you’re aware that it was a sold out house and that we were treated to quite a show with the top dressage riders in

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Step-by-Step Cross-Country Leg Protection With Woodburn

What’s the best way to prepare your horse’s legs to wear cross-country boots? How do you prevent rubbing and excess moisture? Woodburn, our regular model (not to mention top event horse having come in second at Rolex this past Spring) shows us how it’s done with a bit of help from his groom, Emma Ford.

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Owning 4-Star Event Horses: Annie Jones Tells You How

photo courtesy of Annie Jones It’s easy to get wrapped up in the event horses who are the stars of the sport. But some additional stars hover at their shoulders, usually out of sight. Though they might be out of

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Cross-Country Course Walk with Bruce Davison, Allison Springer, Amy Tryon, and Kiwi Joe Meyers

The crowds for the Professional Riders Organization cross-country course walk with Bruce Davidson, Allison Springer, Kiwi Joe Meyers, and Amy Tryon were what one might call, let’s say, enormous. See that teeming mass of eventing fans below? Right, that’s roughly

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Becky Holder and Courageous Comet move into 3rd

With a dressage test that created an eruption of cheers from the audience, Becky Holder and Courageous Comet move into the individual third place on day two of the World Equestrian Games. Catch an inside look before Becky and Comet’s

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Let’s Walk the WEG Cross-Country with Allison Springer

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The World Equestrian Games is, undoubtedly, a big 4 star course. Let Allison Springer take you around the course with some highlights, which questions are particularly hard, and which horses and riders will succeed.

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Dressage Day One Recap

Two US riders rode today. Boyd went first at 10:32 and Buck at 3 o’clock. Boyd warmed up really well and looked fantastic, better than he’s ever looked. He went into ring and as soon as the announcer said that

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Contributor Spotlight: Dressage Rider Silva Martin

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Getting analysis from an expert is always insightful and eye-opening. We’re lucky to have our newest Team SmartPak dressage rider (and wife to eventer Boyd Martin) contributing and walking us through the dressage at the World Equestrian Games. We’ll hear

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WEG Freestyle Exhibition

The Freestyle Exhibition started at 6PM and was really quite awesome to see. Glitter is almost expected. Throw in a set of wings, a couple of tuxedos, an evening gown, lose a few bridles and we have a party!

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