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Thanks, Mom!

“All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”
– Abraham Lincoln

We couldn’t say it better ourselves—but we thought we’d try anyway. After all, she’s been our chauffeur, our #1 cheerleader, our groom, our mentor, our bank teller, and, most of all, our best friend. So this Mother’s Day, we couldn’t pass up a chance to thank our moms for giving us the greatest gift a bunch of horse-crazy girls could ask for—the chance to follow our dreams. Thanks, Mom, we really do owe everything we are or ever hope to be to you!

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“I have the best support system when it comes to all things horses and Mom is definitely the leader of the pack! She (and my dad!) have been supporting me ringside at every show I’ve ever been in– I’m talking local schooling shows, recognized competitions as far away at New York and every IDA show in my four years of college including Nationals in North Carolina! She, more than anyone else, truly understands my dedication to riding and showing and what drives me to continue challenging myself.

Mom wears many hats including: Biggest Fan, Equine Photography, Caterer, Chauffeur & Horse Handler Extraordinaire. She doesn’t mind horse slobber, loves the smell of the barn and is the most cheery person at 6 AM on show morning! She’s taught me the importance of setting goals for myself in life by empowering me to set goals for myself and Faith during our years competing together. By supporting me, she enabled me to learn (sometimes the hard way) that it takes hard work and commitment to get the things I want in life.

So thank you, Mom, for all rides to the barn, early morning and late night support at shows, the hours you sat on the bench in the arena (in freezing cold and summer heat!) watching my lessons and for always having time to “talk horses” with me! I love you!” – Adriana from Quality Assurance


“My mom, Gale, is the best because she always supports me and tells me how proud she is regardless of what it is, big or small. When I was 16, my trainer had mentioned going to the PHBA World Show in Tulsa, OK. I never thought we would be able to go, but my mom was as excited as I was about it and agreed to let me go. To my surprise, she joined me and my trainer for the 30-hour drive to Tulsa, OK. Aside from the horseshow experience and all of the successes we had at the show, I will always remember how much fun the three of us had driving out there and back. All of the funny things that happened, the crazy things we saw as we passed through each state, even just listening to the radio as we drove—it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I am so thankful for and wouldn’t have had if it weren’t for my mother.” – Katrina, Customer Care

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“My mom is the best for many reasons. She fully jumped right into the horse world when my sister and I fell in love with horses and riding as kids. She’s always been supportive of my riding and being involved with horses. She drove me to countless riding lessons, got up really early to bring me to horse shows which took place all day, almost every summer weekend, and came to many of my IHSA shows to cheer me on in college. She listens almost daily stories about my rides with Nemo, things he’s learning, and updates on how he’s doing. She’s even come out to visit him and ride.  She’s also dropped everything to be there for sad horse events have happened when I’ve needed support. I’m very appreciative of everything she does .” – Ellen, Customer Care


“My mom, Jean, has always been supportive of my horse craziness, even though she’s not a horse person herself. When I was too young to ride, she would take me to feed carrots to horses that lived near us, buy me Saddle Club books, and let me rent The Black Stallion every time we went to the video store. She drove me to (and watched) hundreds of lessons, and she helped me buy my first horse. No matter what, I know I can count on her to truly understand my passion for riding!” – Sara, Creative

“My mom, Sue, has encouraged my (and my sister’s) love of horses since I could say “horse”. She grew up riding and caring for her own mare in her backyard and knew what a commitment it was, but also what an amazing bond a girl could have with her horse. She found a barn for us to take riding and horsemanship lessons at when I was 7 and after a few years encouraged us to take on working-student positions to further develop our horsemanship skills and knowledge. When I was 12, we started the search for our very first horse and were fortunate enough to be able to keep him in our backyard just like my mom had done. 10+ horses and 20+ years later, my mom still comes out to watch us ride, cheers us on if/when we decide to compete (which is rare), and continues to support our passion for all things horse. Thank you, Mom, for passing along this “horse bug gene” and for encouraging us to work hard to have these beautiful animals in our lives! Happy Mother’s Day!” – Sara, Customer Care




“I owe my Mom a lot—as a non-horse person, she sure embraced having a horse-crazed daughter. She drove me to the barn literally every weekday afternoon for years on end. She was my savior when Danny would not be caught before lesson time—we joked that to him she looked like a giant carrot. She tirelessly picked shavings out of my socks on every laundry day. She made sure every birthday card (even to this day) has a horse on it. And of course, she always had a knack for bringing exactly what I wanted to eat for horse show lunches. Her support never wavered, even in college she would come watch my matches in my latest endeavor—polo. Thank you for everything, Mom!” – Molly, Merchandising


“My mom, Gail, supported my horse habit in every way, from all the Breyer horse figures, horse books, and horse stuffed animals that could fit in my room, to taking me to my lessons and buying me my miniature horse, Cody. She may have had to endure some uncomfortable experiences—I know she cringed every time I went over a jump, and the resident goat at my first barn loved to chew on her coat while she watched me ride, and learning about caring for my little gelding with me (sheath cleaning??) was sometimes trying—but she stuck by me through it all with a smile and lots of hugs. I love you so much, Mom, and I appreciate everything you do for me!” – Lyn, Customer Care


“My Mother, Robin, is more than just a mother or a support system; she is my cheerleader, my point counter, my fashion consultant, and ring-side assistant. But most of all, she always believed in me. On my 16th birthday, my mother gave me two choices: go to Ireland on a mother/daughter trip or go chase your dreams in Oklahoma City at the Appaloosa Youth Worlds show. Clearly, I choose showing! She believed in me and my ability, and although I’m sure she would have rather have been sipping coffee, green mountain side, she was there ring side in 100-degree weather cheering me on. That’s my Mother—my role model!” – Brett, Customer Care


“Since the time I was about three, my mom, Wendy, knew I was hooked on horses. After we got our feet wet, my sister Gina and I rode competitively from the start. Mom brought us to every lesson and sat ringside, ready with drink and sandwich in hand. She is still the ultimate horse show Mom, always prepared with a gourmet spread to feed at least half the riders on any given Sunday. Thanks Mom, Happy Mother’s Day!” – Marcella, Customer Care

“Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, Karen, who took me to countless Wednesday afternoon riding lessons and sent me during the summer to Girl Scout Riding Camp! No matter what the outcome, she was always cheering for me. Without her support, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Have a great Mother’s Day!!” – Pam, Customer Care

“My mom is the best, she drove me to the barn every weekend so I could work with the horses and stayed to watch every riding lesson I ever had, no matter how wet, cold, or hot it was outside. She was always there. When I bought my horse Cocoa in 2007, rides to the barn were needed every day rather than just weekends, and she happily incorporated them into her schedule and stayed with me while I groomed and fussed over my new horse. She always did it with a smile on her face and documented every moment she could with pictures so I can look back at them now and remember the good times. Thanks for being the best, Mom! Happy Mother’s Day from Kristina and Cocoa!” – Kristina, Customer Care


“My mom, Judy, is the best! She has always been my number one supporter and loudest cheering section. My mom has encouraged me to be confident and brave. She has come to every show always polishing my boots as I walk towards the ring on my horse. She always brings the one thing I forgot whether we are just going to the barn to groom or going to a major event. I have always counted on her, and she has always been there for me. X’s and O’s with ‘Thank you’s’ are eternally yours, ma!!” – Olivia, SmartPak Retail Store



“My mom is there for me day in and day out with all the odds and ends of having horses! When my horse had a tendon injury and long recovery and rehab, she offered to walk him for me while I was at work. This was in the middle of our terrible Massachusetts winter, so she was walking him around and around inside our barn instead! It made a huge difference for me, and I’m happy to say that my horse is fully recovered now thanks to her help. She didn’t forget his birthday either, and made his customary cake which he gobbled up!” – Elizabeth, Customer Care

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“I wouldn’t be the person or the equestrian I am today without my mom. It is only with her love and support that I have been able to accomplish everything that I have. She has always been there for me from the very beginning. I learned to ride when I was four years old in a “Mommy and Me” class, so she lead the horse around while I rode. She never misses a horse show, and even through my intercollegiate career she came to every show (even though the drive was 5 + hours) to cheer me and my team on. But she doesn’t come to horse shows just to cheer me on; she tacks, untacks, bathes, and she has even been my “trainer” and jump crew at a handful of shows. She is always the first one to tell me when I had a good round and rode well, and the first to tell me if I really sucked! She always knows exactly how many points I have, and who is Champion and Reserve before they even announce it. Horse shows just really wouldn’t be the same without her. But my mom isn’t just an amazing horse show mom, she is my role model and my best friend. I really wouldn’t be able to do what I do without her. Thank you for everything, Mom. I love you.” – Danielle, Marketing



“My mom, Shauna, is the best for driving me to the barn hundreds (maybe thousands?) of times and always supporting my dream of riding. No matter how many times I fell off (and it was a lot!) or how those long horse show days were, my mom always believed in me and was there to be my personal stylist, assistant, and cheerleader all at once. I would have never achieved many of my riding goals without her endless support and encouragement over the years—thanks, Mom!” – Kerri, Marketing


“I have my mom to truly thank for one of the strongest passions in my life, horses. If it was never for my mother signing me up for my first horsey summer camp, this passion would never have grown to what it is today. Not only did she introduce me to the amazing world of horses, but she was there for every moment to follow. When it was finally time to find my first horse, my mom accompanied me throughout all of New England on countless road trips to see every possible horse, guaranteeing that I would find the perfect horse. On top of that, one of my fondest memories is of my mother carpooling my friends and I to Valinor Farm every week from Cape Cod, which was a pretty decent commute. My mother drove me to set goals for myself and she did everything in her power to help me reach them. Thank you, Mom, for going above and beyond to make sure my passion of horses would always be a strong part of my life!” – Kimberly, Accounting


“I wouldn’t be the rider – or the woman – I am today without the support of my mother. Being a “horse mom” didn’t come naturally to her – her background was in ballet, and both of my older sisters were dancers – but she knew it was important to me, and that’s all that mattered to her. From my very first lesson she was my biggest cheerleader, even if she wasn’t quite sure why she was cheering (the subtleties of showmanship aren’t for everyone). She gave up countless hours chauffeuring me to lessons, clinics, horse shows, and far-flung tack stores (SmartPak wasn’t around when I was a kid!), and she did it all with a smile, a hug, and plenty of words of wisdom. She did my hair for every show until she taught me how to do it myself. After one disastrous horse show where I forgot my breeches, boots, AND show coat, she helped me piece together an outfit by begging and borrowing from other show moms, and then she helped me make a packing checklist for future shows so it never happened again. She would hold my horse Cody even though she swore that he would pull her around because he knew she didn’t know what she was doing (she was probably right). Most of all, she made sure I knew that no matter what color ribbon I ended up with, the thing I should be most proud of is that I got out there and gave it my all, and that’s a lesson I’ll never forget.” – Sarah, Marketing

“My mom is the reason I was able to ride. She took me to my first lesson (despite that an ambulance was hauling away a girl that had just broken her arm- no joke) and supported me through what started as the ‘horse phase’ and turned into an equestrian lifestyle. In between her own career and my school activities she watched my lessons, held my pony, and helped me tuck my hair into my helmet neatly every time. To top it all off, while I groomed at horse shows to help with the bills I accrued, she worked in the secretary’s office to offset all my entry fees (and somehow still never missed watching my rounds). She never complained about the time or the cost, she just made sure I was having fun. I’m so lucky to have grown up with the best mom ever, and I’ll never be able to thank her enough for everything she did and still does for me. Thanks, Mom! I love you <3" - Jenna, Customer Care

“Not every Mom breaks out the check book after watching her daughter take a digger in the dirt off a potential first pony who just took off around the ring at 45 mph. Even my mom came close to handing me a soccer ball or a tennis racket, but when she saw the smile on my face and my eagerness to jump right back on, it was game over…and for that I thank you, Mom! I wouldn’t be where I am today in my riding career or have the passion for horses that I do today without you (and I most likely wouldn’t be here in my dream job at SmartPak!). When I first started riding lessons the only available lesson time was at 2 o’clock in the afternoon during the school week. Instead of taking the bus home on that day my mom would pick me up 30 minutes early from school with my riding pants and a snack in hand just so that we could get to the barn on time to tack up. If it weren’t for her learning how to put on a bridle, there would have been countless ponies running loose across town. Not to mention the 5AM show mornings when I was most often having some sort of breakdown about my missing shirt collar or how my braids were hurting in my helmet…and after all that my mom still stood ringside with a boot rag and water bottle in hand (even though she may have had her eyes closed during my round). Thanks to you (and show shirts without collars) I’ve come a long way! Ringside or not, my mom is my number one supporter and best friend! Thank you, Mom for all that you have done and continue to do for me day in and day out! I love you!” – Casey, Merchandising

“My mom is one of my biggest supporters and role models, always encouraging me to pursue my passions. She always tell the story about how when she saw my face light up the first time I sat on a horse in my Daisies group she knew riding lessons were going to be a must. Despite being severely allergic to horses, she spent many long days with me at the barn and at shows. She took this another step further when the horse 4-H club I was a member of for 10 years found itself without a leader when I was in high school, and despite already having a full-time job, my mom stepped up to the plate and took over – and did an amazing job! During her time as our 4-H leader she led trips of 15 + plus girls to the AYHC conference in Kentucky, the World Horse Expo in Pennsylvania, Horsebowl contests and many more. I also forgot to mention that for about 10 years she spent every Mother’s Day volunteering at and watching me ride in one of our local shows! Thanks Mom for everything you do for me and supporting all of my dreams!” – Amy, Merchandising

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13 comments on “Thanks, Mom!
  1. Shauna says:

    I loved every minute of watching you ride! I am so proud of who you have become and of all your achievements! Love you always

  2. Mikki Hjorth says:

    You are the most compassionate, caring person I know not to mention hardworking!!! It was great fun going to the shows with you and watching you compete for those ribbons and trophies!! I would do it all over again. Keep up the riding and the passion for these beautiful animals and how they make you feel so happy!!!!!!

  3. cindy bruce says:

    No feeling can compare than to watch my girl do what she loves the most. Her horses are not her pets but are her life. Her passion for horses started at the early age of seven and continues. She is the most happy and content in the saddle. What does a mother want – to see her child happy. Love you so much!

  4. gabrielle Granofsky says:

    What a wonderful tribute, love it!

  5. marybeth lilley says:


  6. john says:

    HorseMoms you gotta’ love them.
    You can visit and see photos of Horsemoms there too!

  7. Lori says:

    Beautiful compliments for such deserving moms from some appreciative daughters-all made possible because of the love of horses-priceless! Happy Mother’s Day to all.

  8. William Duden & Travis says:

    That was real neat
    and MAY GOD BLESS ALL THE MOM’S and everyone at Smart Pak !!!!
    From Bill & Travis

  9. Zoey Roberts says:

    Love it

  10. Susan Wright says:

    MayThe “Horse”Be With You !! Go moms from three thoroughbreds in western ma ,

  11. Laura Napoleone says:

    I love every bit of our time together enjoying watching you ride, show and just enjoy are equine family…

  12. Christi Fagerstone says:

    Love reading all the comments and stories. Our horses draw us all together in love and joy. Thank you all for sharing~

  13. Jean Florin says:

    What an awesome Mother’s Day gift to read all these wonderful stories.with slightly different paths, yet a very common theme. Happy Riders!

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