Plymouth, MA – March 27, 2009 - SmartPak™, title sponsor of the new USEA Training Level 3 Day series, is offering attendees another special opportunity to learn from top riders at the 2009 Rolex Kentucky CCI**** when they hold their 5th consecutive Course Walk on Thursday, April 23rd. Attendees will get the opportunity to see the course through the eyes of 2 of the country’s top event riders; Kim Severson and Jan Byyny. Always an entertaining duo, Severson and Byyny will lead a guided tour through the perils of the most challenging cross country course in the U.S., offering their tips and tactics along the way. Everyone is welcome to attend this incredible opportunity and attendees are encouraged to participate and ask questions along the way. "The response from last year’s Course Walk was overwhelming,” said Becky Minard, SmartPak’s founder and senior VP. “People really enjoyed the event and had such a fun time getting insight from Kim and Jan. We’re so happy that we’re able to offer Rolex attendees the opportunity again this year." Kim Severson’s recent career highlights include: 2004 Individual Olympic Silver Medalist as well as a Team Olympic Bronze Medalist. She is the winner of the 1999, 2002, 2004 and 2005 Rolex Kentucky CCI****. The USEA named her their Leading Lady rider in 2002, 2004 and 2005. Her famous partner of previous years, Winsome Adante, was named the 2002, 2004 and 2005 Horse of the Year by the USEA making him the second highest scoring horse in the history of U.S. eventing. Winsome Adante was officially retired at last year’s Rolex event. Jan Byyny’s career highlights include: Team Gold Medalist and Individual Bronze Medalist at 2003 Pan Am Games; 2007 1st place Bromont CCI** and 1st place Morven CCI*; 2006 Reserve Champion Fair Hill International and individual member of the U.S. World Equestrian Games squad in Aachen, Germany; 6th 2005 Rolex Kentucky CCI and 2004 Team Alternate for Athens Olympics. Interested parties are strongly encouraged to pre-register by emailing SmartPak at coursewalk@SmartPak.com with a subject line of “Rolex Course Walk Sign-Up.” SmartPak will be offering a select number of free gift bags available on a first come first serve basis to those who stop by the SmartPak booth prior to the walk on Thursday. The walk will commence at the start of Cross Country; exact time to be posted on www.SmartPakEquine.com and at the SmartPak booth after ride times are posted. For more information on the Course Walk, visit the SmartPak booth located in Sponsor Village during the event. While you’re there, you can put together a customized SmartPak for your horse or shop for a customized outfit for yourself, with SmartPak’s array of personalized products featuring everything from barn jackets to helmet covers. For more information on SmartPak, visit their Web site at www.SmartPakEquine.com or call toll free at (800) 461-8898.
SmartPak Equine is a proud member of the USEA’s new Training Level 3 Day Series, a Sponsor of the USEA Horse of the Year program and a legacy sponsor of the Spalding Labs USEA Young Event Horse Series.
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.