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Finding the perfect horseback riding vacation for you

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For most people when they think of summer, they think of vacation. However, for most of us riders (at least if you’re anything like me), the thing we love most about summer is riding! Whether we’re looking forward to hitting the shows or hitting the trails, there’s nowhere else we’d rather be than snug in the saddle on a beautiful, sunny day. Unless, of course, we could be in a saddle ON VACATION.

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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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The Pak Talks Paralympics Part 3

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Hey guys – Sarah from SmartPak here! This is the final portion in our series with Para rider and guest-blogger Holly Jacobson, bringing you an insider’s look at the equestrian competition at the Paralympics in London. I hope you enjoy her writing as much as we all do.

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The Pak Talks Paralympics Part 2 – Under Pressure, Para-Equestrians Put on a Show

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Hey guys – Sarah from SmartPak here! This is part 2 in our series with Para rider and guest-blogger Holly Jacobson, bringing you an insider’s look at the equestrian competition at the Paralympics in London. You can check out Part 1 here. I hope you enjoy her writing as much as we all do.

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The Pak Talks Paralympics Part 1

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Hey guys – Sarah from SmartPak here! I’m so excited to announce that we’ve had the opportunity to work with Para rider and guest-blogger Holly Jacobson, to get an insiders look at the equestrian competition at the Paralympics in London. I hope you enjoy her writing as much as we all do.

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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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The Tale of Tony the Pony

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“Now this is a story all about how
This pony’s life turned upside down
And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there
I’ll tell you how I became the host of two Olympic affairs…”

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A Non-rider’s Riding Vacation to Montana

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As a non-rider (or extremely novice rider—you take your pick), I’m excited to finally have a story of my own to share on the SmartPak blog. My husband and I just got back from a week and a half vacation to Montana. We traveled there for two different weddings that were happening within a week of each other. We each had a longtime friend from New England getting married in Southern Montana—what are the odds?

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Day 13 Live from London – Olympic Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle Medals and Highlights

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Day 13 Live from London – Olympic Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle Medals and Highlights from the USEFNetwork.com and SmartPak.

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Day 12 Live from London – Olympic Individual Show Jumping Medals and Highlights

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Day 12 Live from London – Olympic Individual Show Jumping Medals and Highlights from the USEFNetwork.com and SmartPak.

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A View from the Stands – Part 9

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The Pak is across the pond and the action is officially underway in London. In this blog series, SmartPakers Sarah and Colby will be sharing stories about the people they meet while watching the action live in the stands (and on the XC course) in Greenwich.

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Pak Across the Pond – Day 12

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Just 24 hours after Team GB took home show jumping team gold, the dressage team decided to get in on the history-making action. While the jumping team had put in a decidedly dominant performance, the dressage riders positively piaffed away with the lead, having the gold medal in hand before the final German and Dutch riders even entered the ring…

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The Olympics Isn’t Just Riding?

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I believe that I mentioned it in one of my earlier blogs, but the equestrian sports have been so all-consuming that I really don’t know much about what’s going on with all of the other sports, despite the fact that they’re essentially taking place all around me here in London. We had a late start to the riding events the other day and I took that opportunity to go explore a bit and get some exposure to the rest of the Olympics, outside of my daily orbit in Greenwich Park…

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Once Upon a Falafel Joint

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There’s a really unique experience that forms around the Olympic games, where people who are normally on the other side of a TV screen are suddenly right in front of your face. It takes awhile for the shock to wear off, but eventually you get oddly used to seeing Jan Ebeling chatting on his cell phone outside Starbucks, and waiting for the crosswalk signal to change next to Rodrigo Pessoa…

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