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Keeping up with the SmartPakers: January 2014

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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

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A Journey of a Hundred Horses

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At some point in my horse crazy youth, I read the advice to “ride a hundred horses before you buy one.” My non-horsey parents thought this was a fantastic idea – they figured they’d be off the hook for a

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Ride Well Winner’s Recap

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Sue Slaubaugh was the lucky winner of the win free entry in Team SmartPak rider Lynn Palm’s “Training with Natural Obstacles” Ride Well clinic, and an AQHA Trail Challenge, that we offered earlier this year. Today, she recapped the whole

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A Horse For Christmas

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As any horse-crazy child can attest, the greatest Christmas gift one could ever receive is an equine friend. In this blog, several SmartPakers share their fond memories of getting a horse or pony for Christmas. Have you ever received a

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Driving Trials and Tribulations

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It’s tough to be a combined driver in Illinois. Did you know there was only one ADS (American Driving Society)-recognized show in our state in 2013? Afterward the organizer told me it was so much work for such little return

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Keeping up with the SmartPakers: Weekend Update – December 16th 2013

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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

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Keeping Up With The SmartPakers: December 2nd 2013

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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

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Keeping Up With The SmartPakers: November 11th 2013

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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

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24 weird things our horses are scared of

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The jack-o-lanterns are carved, the fake corpse is propped up in the lawn chair, and we’ve eaten more candy corn than we’d care to admit – it’s official, the spooky season is upon us! After chatting with the riders in

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Horsey Halloween Costumes

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Halloween is fast approaching (seriously, where has the year gone?!) and I don’t know about you, but I still don’t have my costume figured out (if I go as a “cowgirl” one more time, my friends will disown me). So

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Keeping Up With The SmartPakers: October 28th 2013

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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…

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My First Love Was a Prince

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My first love was my knight in shining armor named Prince – but not the kind of Prince that wore a crown and rode a gallant steed. Rather, he was my gallant steed and was the pony that fueled my

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Team SmartPak Wins at Congress!

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The All American Quarter Horse Congress is a horse show like no other and we look forward to attending every year. We always love the opportunity to meet our customers in person and watch our Western All-Around Team SmartPak riders

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Sawyer’s First Show!

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Thank you to everyone who told me how much you enjoyed my previous blog entries about Finding Sawyer (Part I and Part II)! It was really fun to hear from so many horse people who had similar experiences in finding

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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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