PLYMOUTH, MA – (March 8, 2006) For the first time ever, SmartPak Equine will be sponsoring the United States Eventing Association's coveted Horse of the Year Award for 2006. Honoring the horse
that has accumulated the most points over a competition year, the USEA Horse of the Year award has been bestowed on some
of the sport's most legendary athletes including Winsome Adante, Windfall II and The Foreman. The winner will receive $1,000
plus a year's worth of supplements in SmartPaks!
"To be named the Horse of the Year is an outstanding accomplishment," said Jaralyn Gibson Finn, vice president of new business development for SmartPak. "It requires an extraordinary level of dedication and attention to every detail. We are honored to sponsor this award in recognition of not just the horse, but the entire team that works together to achieve this pinnacle of success."
To maintain the level of peak performance that a Horse of the Year requires, many past recipients have relied on SmartPaks to simplify the administration of the supplements their horses need to be at their best. Olympic athletes such as Kim Severson, Bruce Davidson, and Amy Tryon all have their horses' supplements shipped automatically to their barn in SmartPaks. Individualized to meet a horse's needs, the award winning SmartPak system allows for customized dosages and the flexibility to change products and shipping schedules. With over 250 name brand products to choose from, providing optimum nutrition for horses at this level is the easiest part of their regimen!
"The USEA Horse of the Year title is the most sought after on our Leaderboard," said the USEA's Chief Executive Officer, Jo Whitehouse. "Our thanks to SmartPak for helping us honor this year's winner. As one of the industry's leading retailers of quality horse care products and the patented SmartPak, they certainly know a thing or two about excellence."
The Horse of the Year award is presented during the USEA's Annual Meeting and Convention in December. Hundreds of representatives and competitors from across the country converge to celebrate the accomplishments of their contemporaries and discuss topics and issues of the sport . The 2006 Convention will be held December 7-10 in the Hyatt at Union Station in St. Louis, Missouri. For more information, visit the USEA website at www.useventing.com.
For more information about SmartPak, go to www.SmartPakEquine.com or call toll free at (800) 461-8898.
About SmartPak Equine
SmartPak Equine was founded in 1999 with the purpose of simplifying the administration of nutritional supplements and medications to horses. The patented SmartPak™ supplement feeding system has been adopted by thousands of barns and horse owners across the country, who value knowing that their supplements will be fed correctly. It has been embraced by riders from all disciplines and all levels, including seven Olympic medalists. In addition to the SmartPak supplement system, the company offers a broad line of horse health and rider items, dog supplies, and equine and canine pharmacy items sold through the company’s catalog and Web site. In 2006, SmartPak was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of the 500 fastest growing private companies for the second straight year and is the only equine company ever named to the list. The company has also been honored with a Best Bosses award presented by Fortune Small Business and Winning Workplaces. SmartPak also operates a retail store in Natick, MA. For more information, visit www.SmartPak.com.