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What Happens in Vegas…

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SmartPaker Jamie and I started out the month of October with a trip to Las Vegas where we attended the 2013 SmartPak AQHA West Novice Championship Show. This was my second time attending an AQHA event and since AQHA Select

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AQHYA World Show Recap

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This past week SmartPaker Jen and I traveled down to Oklahoma for the second week of the AQHA Youth World Show in Oklahoma City. We had a great time and learned a lot too. I’m no stranger to the AQHA

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Remembering Gunner

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Shortly after I graduated from Penn State (in 2010), I was presented with a once in lifetime opportunity: to work as a breeding intern at McQuay Stables, home of Team SmartPak rider Tim McQuay. I grew up as a hunter/jumper

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On the other side of the in-gate

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As a newly elected board member of the Kentucky Paint Horse Club, I was excited to help alongside my fellow club members this past weekend at the Spring Paint-O-Rama held in Frankfort, KY. This show was unique for me in

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Sunshine and Quarter Horses: behind the scenes for our Western spring photo shoot

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“It’s funny being in the catalog business—when everyone is just wrapping up Christmas, we’re already thinking spring! So, at the end of December, all of our exciting new products (including some awesome, brand new Rockin’ SP Fly sheets) made their way down to sunny Ocala, FL, for our spring photo shoot…”

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Down Under Horsemanship in Tampa, FL

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“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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Meet Meghan and New Dark City (“Dylan”)

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“With the help of our trainers, Dylan and I have gone from competing in just showmanship and western pleasure to showing in a wide variety of classes in the Amateur division. As we focused on my goals of competing more and qualifying for Congress, my trainers and I decided to support Dylan’s joint health with a supplement…”

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Meet Mark and A Good Storm (“Teddy”)

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“I have had Teddy for close to four years now. We currently show in Western Pleasure, Horsemanship, and Halter with hopes to add Western Riding to our arsenal over the next year. Together we have accomplished so much more than anyone expected us to…”

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Top-10 Western Products

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Every month, we tally our customer reviews from western 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 Western Products to find some great picks for you and your horse.

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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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Peek in Our Paks – Karen S.

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Ever wish you could take a sneak peek inside our horses’ and dogs’ SmartPaks? Now you can! Check out the supplements we love, for the animals we adore.

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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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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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Meet Kirsten, Chris and Lucy

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“Last winter Lucy incurred a tendon injury after she slipped during turnout. She was put on stall rest and we decided to try her on SmartFlex Rehab, in addition to the program our veterinarian recommended…”

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Meet Eileen and Monte

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“Monte used to have a lot of trouble holding his shoes. The farrier called his feet “shelly”, as they cracked around the nail holes and constantly chipped. I hadn’t had him long at the time and I was concerned about keeping him shod and sound…”

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