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Keeping Up With The SmartPakers: November 11th 2013

During the week, you know our life is no mystery: we are here working hard to make you happier and your horse healthier. But what do we do on the weekend, you ask? The mystery is revealed! Read about what SmartPakers did this past week and see if any of our adventures sound similar to yours…

On Saturday, my mom and I introduced my non-horsey husband, Kevin, to the fun of Mule Day, held in Calvary, GA. This was the event’s 41st annual celebration, and small town Calvary was flooded with about 50,000 attendees. We watched the parade (and explained the differences between horses, donkeys, and mules to Kevin), wandered around the arts & crafts vendors, watched several classes of the actual Mule Show, cheered on the Sling Shot Tournament, and ate a LOT of fair food – funnel cakes, fried potatoes, fried oreos, and pickled jalapenos, yum! – Jenn H., Barn Sales

On Friday I had the chance to head up to Equine Affaire! Woohoo! I hadn’t been since I was a teenager so it was a lot of fun to be at the event again years later. I was able to sit in on a Customer Listening session led by our VP of Merchandising Melissa. It was awesome to sit in a room full of enthusiastic SmartPak customers and hear about how they shop, what they love (or hate) about breeches, riding jeans and blankets. After that, I sat and watched a clinic with Guy McClean – who is AWESOME by the way 🙂 I’m a hunter/jumper girl so it was really cool to see how his methods have really neat cross discipline benefits. Guy demonstrated the process he goes through to back a young horse. He did a lot of work with a tarp that helped the young filly learn that the world can be scary, but if you trust your rider the filly will learn that she will not be put into a situation that she can’t handle. It helps her learn to be brave and to confidently approach things in the future. I met a miniature horse named Howie, and had to be calmly reasoned with that the mini horse could not fit in the back of my car and would also not appreciate living in my apartment. “but he’s soooooooooooo cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute!” And last but not least, I ate the most awesome baked potato. – Renee P., Merchandising

Vacationing in New York. Brookfield Trail System is state run and has 160 miles of maintained trails. It was awesome. – Charlie W., Receiving

My weekend included a trip to one of my favorite events – Equine Affaire Massachusetts! There are SO many things to do at Equine Affaire, but for me, the highlights included:

  • Sampling all the amazing fair food
  • Running into friends from SmartPak, and even riding friends from college who I haven’t seen in years
  • Walking through the breed barn and getting to celebrate the wonderful diversity that makes our sport so special
  • Getting to tell my (non-rider) boyfriend all about the crazy things we horse people do and love
  • Visiting the SmartPak booth and getting to meet some of our seriously fabulous customers in person
  • …and did I mention the fair food?!

Have you ever been to a horsey trade show or event like this? What’s your favorite part?
-Sarah P., Marketing

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