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Team Spirit at the World Equestrian Games

The World Equestrian Games are as diverse and international as I’d hoped they’d be with different languages and flags around every corner. Being a lover of travel and language I’m just as happy as can be. I ran into this

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The Reiners Have Arrived!

We are here!  After months of planning, preparing and organizing, the day has finally come!  The first group from Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses and McQuay Stables arrived at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky today amid a flurry of

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GMHA Training and Novice 3-Day Event – Day 3: Endurance

After an early arrival to get the horses fed and get all the tack and equipment ready, we grooms headed to the 10-minute box to help a friend, and the riders walked the course one last time. The 10-minute box

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GMHA Training and Novice 3-Day Event: Day 2

Braiding Dusty was a team effort! Wednesday started out beautiful, sunny, and cool – finally! It’s been hot and humid up in New England, so it was perfect timing for the nice weather. The first jog-up started at 7:30 for

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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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AQHA Youth Worlds 2010 – Home Run Hit!

Arena of Dreams – When I heard about this year’s theme for the Youth Worlds my mind immediately jumped to the 1989 film classic Field of Dreams and the unforgettable mantra “If you build it, they will come.” Well that’s

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The Event at Rebecca Farm: Eventing World Cup Qualifier

The Event at Rebecca Farm takes place this weekend in Montana, which is also one of the United State’s World Cup Qualifiers. Mara Dean won the last US World Cup Qualifier, who will win this weekend?

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The Pro/Am Team Competition Series Kicks off at Sure Fire

Pro/ Am Teammates Krisie and Erin with Pro Skyler Icke (center). Sorry to Connor who was warming up! Sure Fire Farm Horse Trials was special because it was well-run, beautiful, and great fun.  But it was also special because it

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A Look Back at this Year’s Winter Equestrian Festival

It was a breath of fresh air on Tuesday January 19th when I stepped off the plane into the warm 70 degree weather in Florida! We were lucky enough to miss a cold front from the previous week and I

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SmartPak Heads to Equine Affaire

While it’s getting cooler outside, things are starting to heat up around SmartPak for the holiday season, and what better way to start the holiday season than with a trip to Equine Affaire MA! While I’ve been to a few

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Conquering Congress

I was a last minute team addition to an event SmartPak had spent months preparing for. It was our first trip to the All American Quarter Horse Congress and my first time attending a show with SmartPak. While I’ll admit

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A Look Back on the AQHA Bayer Select World Show

Here at SmartPak, many marked the end of summer and the sunny Labor Day weekend by attending picnics with friends and family, boating and long walks with our canine friends. Three of us were lucky enough to travel to Amarillo,

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AQHYA World Championship Show ‘Rocked’ this year!

As part of our new partnership with AQHA, several of us traveled down to Oklahoma City from July 29th thru August 8th for the 2009 AQHYA World Championship Show. Talented youth riders and their horses came from all over the

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SmartPak Supports the Reiners at NAJYRC

Having just returned from the North American Junior and Young Riders Championships, I can say with confidence that this was a horse show that had it all! There were Quarter Horses and Dutch Warmbloods; there were cowboy hats, hunt caps

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Team August Heads to Nationals

Hi, everyone! My name is Aly Murphy and I work at the SmartPak store in Natick, MA. I’m a senior in high school and have been riding for ten years with my trainer at August Farm. Three years ago, Team

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