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As a SmartPaks Subscriber, you can get free ground shipping all day, every day on just about everything we sell at SmartPak, thanks to your SmartPerks. The few add-on items we have can be shipped free by synching them with your horse's SmartPaks, shipping on a Barn Saver Shipping day, or by having a group of add-on items that total over $75.
SmartPaker:Sara from Creative
Horse:Diem, Thoroughbred gelding
Sara as a rider:I think I fell in love with horses before I could walk, but I didn't start taking lessons until I was 12. I rode hunter/jumper for many years, including two years on an IHSA team. After college, I moved to Massachusetts and found an event barn where I fell in love with my first horse, Carpe Diem. We learned to event together, and I showed him for six years before a tendon injury led me to retire him.Sara as a SmartPaker: Working in the Creative department at SmartPak is nothing short of a dream job. As the Creative Director, I'm able to help determine how we present ourselves to the riders browsing our catalogs in barns and tack rooms across the country. We work very hard, but it's a whole lot easier when you're looking at images of gorgeous horses all day.
All about Diem: Diem is the quintessential chestnut OTTB. Every ride on him was a new puzzle to solve, but he was an absolute blast when the pieces come together. Athletic and bold, he jumped around cross country like a machine. He's now living the dream in Aiken, South Carolina, spending his days grazing and basking in the warm sun. After everything we went through together, he definitely earned it!
SmartPaker:Jen from Web Merchandising
Horse:Tally, Thoroughbred/Warmblood mare
Jen as a rider:Apparently I've been obsessed with horses since I was born, and I used to beg for pony rides on a regular basis. I started showing in 4-H, progressed to equitation and jumpers in high school and rode on the IHSA team in college where I also discovered the joys of eventing! After graduating I learned how to sit while working for a dressage trainer and now am a committed low-level eventer in the ever-elusive quest to put together three solid phases.Jen as a SmartPaker: As the Director of Web Merchandising, I get to work with a super talented bunch of designers, developers, buyers, and marketers to help you find just what you need (and a few things you didn't know you needed!) on our website.
All about Tally: Taliafera is a very sweet and sensitive 16 hand TB/WB chestnut mare. We compete in eventing and have progressed from beginner novice to training level. Tally is recovering from an injury, so we'll be focusing on our flatwork for the next year and hope to be back eventing soon!
SmartPaker:Lydia, Staff Veterinarian
Horse:Newman, Trakehner gelding
Lydia as a rider/driver:I got my first horse in 7th grade, discovered dressage in high school, and haven't looked back since. I've slowly been accruing USDF performance awards (graduating with distinction from their "L" judges education program, getting my Bronze Medal, etc). Now I'm adding driving awards to our collection. As we explore the world of hunters, could additional trophies be in our future? Stay tuned!Lydia as a SmartPaker: I joined SmartPak in 2006 as the staff veterinarian and medical director and continue to learn new medical info and new technology. From presentations at horse expos to webinars and videos, and from health care articles to Ask the Vet blogs and our new Ask and Answer feature, we're on the cutting edge of getting the most up-to-date facts and figures into the hands of horse owners.
All about Newman: While it hasn't always been easy with "Newmie-poo," as he's affectionately called (pulled suspensory, colic surgery, PSSM, inflammatory airway disease), I am enjoying horse ownership more than ever before with this spectacular Trakehner who does it all: rides, drives, jumps, trail rides, goes side saddle; we've even tried bareback!
SmartPaker:Ashley from Customer Care
Horse:Rocki, 1997 APHA gelding
Ashley as a rider:I have considered myself a horse crazy individual since the age of four when I took my first riding lesson. I began my riding career in an English saddle, but quickly found a passion for the western all-around show ring and switched. I have completed heavily in AQHA and APHA as a youth and moved to showing APHA as an amateur rider. Even though my show gelding has been retired from the show ring this year, I am still actively working with young horses as much as I can in my spare time to keep my skills fresh.Ashley as a SmartPaker: Over the past seven years as a SmartPaker, I have had the privilege of directly helping our customers both over the phone and at trade shows. As the current Outbound Customer Care Manager, I support our team of Supplement Experts as they provide the best service in the industry. It is exciting to know that every day our contacts with customers are working to truly make a difference in their horses' health and their riding experiences!
All about Face A Rocki (Rocki): Rocki is a 1997 APHA gelding with a natural talent in the show pen in all-around events. He has excelled in everything from western pleasure to trail to halter and even a few hunter under saddle classes. He has the biggest personality of any horse I know and never fails to keep me on my toes. These days he has taken a step back from the spotlight in the show pen and is enjoying his life as a trail horse and occasional pony ride for my nieces and nephews.
SmartPaker:Kerri from Marketing
Horse:Luna, 1998 Connemara/Thoroughbred mare
Kerri as a rider:I've been riding since the age of 10, starting out in 4-H and Pony Club. I competed in eventing at the local level before focusing solely on dressage. I competed on the IDA team in college and have continued to compete in USDF dressage shows at the local and regional level.Kerri as a SmartPaker: As the Marketing Manager for SmartSupplements, it's my job to help horse owners learn about all of the wonderful supplements we offer. It warms my heart to think of the many horses who have benefited from SmartSupplements over the years- and I love seeing their photos and stories!
All about Luna: Luna is a 1998 Connemara/Thoroughbred black mare. Although she is only 15.2, she has enough personality for a much larger horse. Her nickname around the barn is "Diva", but her name show name "Mezzaluna" is Italian for crescent, in reference to her moon-shaped star. We're aiming to show Second Level dressage this year, and I couldn't be more excited!
SmartPaker:Karen from IT
Horse:Macy, 2007 Quarter Horse mare
Karen as a rider:My mom always had horses and it wasn't long before I caught the horse bug and never looked back! I started out in 4-H and soon found myself competing on the AQHA circuit in addition to showing IHSA in college. These days, Macy and I do AQHA shows whenever we get the chance.Karen as a SmartPaker: As a Quality Assurance Engineer, it's my job to double (sometimes triple) check to make sure that shopping and navigating our website is easy and pain free. I also work behind the scenes to help ensure that everything functions correctly so we can get your SmartPaks and goodies out the door!
All about Macy: Macy is a 2007 bay Quarter Horse mare who always knows how to keep me on my toes. She started off showing in the Western Pleasure and has gone on to add Horsemanship, Trail, Halter and Showmanship to her All-Around resume.
SmartPaker:Jessica from IT
Horse:Kandida, 1995 Holsteiner/TB mare and Bruin, 2009 Bavarian Warmblood
Jessica as a rider:I started riding 30+ years ago, more of a "hang-on" kind of method. (Yee- ha!) Recently I've been trying to refine my equation in the hunter/jumper world. In the past, I've tried (and horse shown in) both saddle seat and western. Since 2008, I've owned a horse farm that has grown from 10 to 31 stalls, doubled the size of the outdoor arena, and added an indoor. I love horse showing and am now judging at schooling and regionally rated shows.Jessica as a SmartPaker: I've been at SmartPak since 2009, in the IT department. I was the first person in this department to "speak horse" as well as "tech." I do Software Quality Assurance, which means I test our website and internal applications to make sure they work as awesome as our users hope they will. Essentially I try to break our software. My major objective is to make sure that all customers can place their orders without any issues!
All about Kandida: Kandida is a 1995 Holsteiner/TB mare, though everyone guesses she is under 10. (Thanks to SmartPaks!) I utterly adore her and she has taught me so much! She's been my adult medal horse and has seen me through all the regional finals (including the New England Equitation Championships). She has to be the most intelligent wisest horse I know. She's one in a million and I'm so lucky to have her in my life.
All about Bruin: Bruin is a 2009 Bavarian Warmblood who came over from Germany before I bought him. He is just starting to learn the ropes of the H/J world and I have high hopes for a long and successful show career for him. Bruin is the opposite of Kandida's refinement. He is quite the goofball and lives for attention of all kinds. Mr. Personality who loves people and treats.
SmartPaker:Sarah from Marketing
Horse:Cody, 1989 Quarter Horse gelding
Sarah as a rider:For as long as I can remember, I've thought of myself as a rider. I started out in 4-H and AQHA, competing at the regional, state and national level, then transitioned to the hunter/jumper world of USEF, USHJA and IHSA shows. These days, I consider myself a "wannabe eventer," though I'm hoping to become legit with my first HT this summer!Sarah as a SmartPaker: As SmartPak's Brand Manager, it's my job to make sure that we're living up to our promise to support healthy horses and happy riders in everything we do. Luckily for me, part of my job includes making sure we - and more importantly, the riders we serve - have fun along the way!
All about Cody: Cody's a 1989 chestnut Quarter Horse gelding. We've been together since 1995 and I can't imagine my life without him. He's been the best partner, teacher, and friend I could ever ask for. And he's stunningly handsome if I do say so myself :-)
SmartPaker:Kristina from Customer Care
Horse:Cocoa, Quarter Horse mare
Kristina as a rider:My love of horses started when I was three years old but I didn't start riding until I was six. I took lessons once a week on a lunge line and gradually worked up from there. I remained actively taking lessons and participating in local schooling shows. Once I got my horse, Cocoa I began to trail ride and just learn as much as I could about riding. We didn't show very often but when we did we had a blast. Mostly, we rode for fun, and we still do today.Kristina as a SmartPaker: As part of SmartPak's legendary Customer Care Team, I love hearing all of our customers' stories about their horses and what they do with them. I do call myself a supplement nerd because I love putting together supplement programs that are tailored to fit each horse's individual needs.
All about Cocoa: Cocoa is the love of my life. She is a 1992 Quarter Horse mare (but don't tell her how old she is - she believes she's more like 15). I first met Cocoa in 2005 when we worked together as a team doing therapeutic lessons. When she retired from the program, I was able to buy her and start my adventure as a first-time horse owner. In the years I've known Cocoa, we've been through a lot together. We primarily ride for pleasure but will jump at the chance to go to a local fun show. Cocoa knows how to give hugs, come when I call her and, her most famous trick, she sticks her tongue out every time I try to take a picture of her!
SmartPaker:Michelle from Customer Care
Horse:Maddie, Quarter Horse/Arabian mare
Michelle as a rider:I started riding when I was eight years old, taking lessons at a local barn. I helped out after school and on weekends and eventually got to ride horses and ponies outside of my lessons too. I showed a bit in hunter and jumper classes, but I've always loved the relationship-building aspect of working with horses. Recently I've taken up some dressage, and am focusing on groundwork as the foundation of my relationship with my new horse. I'm also a certified yoga teacher and love incorporating yogic practices into my riding as well.Michelle as a SmartPaker: I'm a part of SmartPak's Customer Care team and I answer emails that come in on a daily basis from our customers. I really enjoy getting to know our customers through the stories they share about their horses, barns, and lives in general. I also love getting to see photos of the horses I've talked about with people.
All about Maddie: Maddie is an 11-year-old QH/Arab cross mare. She's a flea-bitten grey with a double whorl on her forehead, which I've heard means that a horse is free-thinking and stubborn (but don't say that in front of "Miss Madeline"). Maddie was a rescue mare and has definitely come a long way in the year we've been together. We think a lot alike which causes us to butt heads sometimes, but which also helps me understand things she might need help with, and which helps me learn more about myself too.
SmartPaker:Kaitlin from Customer Care
Horse:Samurai, Thoroughbred gelding
Kaitlin as a rider:I started riding in middle school. I had always been an animal lover, but I think my parents where surprised at the sudden interest in horses. I continued to surprise them when I stuck with it and eventually went to school so I can build my life around horses. I took lessons on and off, and volunteered or worked at a few local barns for years, and when I was sixteen I bought myself my very own horse, a 10-year-old Thoroughbred. He's taken me to my first show, followed me to college, and all the way to SmartPak! Today we love to trail ride, do a little dressage, and a few cross rails to change things up.Kaitlin as a SmartPaker: I'm a member of our Customer Care team, which means I spend my days answering the phones and waiting to talk to all of our amazing customers! I love supplements and could talk about them all day, and I love building the perfect SmartPak for every horse. Each horse is an individual with unique needs, so every SmartPak is always different!
All about Samurai: Samurai, or Sam, is a 16-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, dark bay with a faint star and just a smidge of white above each hind hoof. Sam's hobbies include halter tag, playing with his friend Chandler, and grazing. He is one of the most curious horses I have ever met and has taught me so much. We're both looking forward to many more happy years together.
SmartPaker:Molly from Merchandising
Horse:Danny, Quarter Horse gelding
Molly as a rider:After begging my parents non-stop, they finally gave in let me take lessons when I was six years old. As the only horse person in my family, we're still not quite sure where "the bug" came from. My current horse, Danny, is the very first lesson horse I rode! I went on to become a 4-H kid, showing in all the local shows, doing hunter/jumper and dressage. In college I caught another, perhaps even more serious "bug" - polo. I played 4 years straight (indoor and out); and Cornell won the National title all 4 years I was there. Currently I trail ride Danny and plan to get back into polo in the future, as I miss it dearly.Molly as a SmartPaker: As a longtime member of the Merchandising department, I've had the opportunity to learn many different aspects of the department, with my latest venture being on the Inventory Control Team, which I love. I get to buy fun horse "stuff," every week - for our customers!
All about Danny: Born "Cassity Dan" in Oklahoma, Danny is a classic seal brown 1986 Quarter Horse. We began our adventure together when I was 6 and he was 5. Needless to say we've had too many adventures to count! He's bombproof when he wants to be, but has a lovable grumpy demeanor that has resulted in some pretty impressive bucks and pasture jumping excursions. He's truly an awesome example of the breed, as he can do anything asked, including first level dressage, jumping, trail class (state champ!), and allowing me to hit polo balls when I was desperate to practice. Although he's the classic western build, my heart was always in English disciplines. Our favorites times together have always been, and continue to be, out on the trail exploring. And it probably goes without saying that he's been on SmartFlex Senior ever since I started with SmartPak.
SmartPaker:Kristina from Creative
Horse:Harri, 2000 Connemara/Thoroughbred gelding
Kristina as a rider:I started out riding hunt seat when my parents bought me a 10h Shetland Pony when I was only four years old. He wasn't the easiest ride, so I learned to keep my butt in the tack! Over the years I seemed to always be drawn to the greener project ponies and horses. It's always so rewarding watching a horse progress because of your hard work. While I've always rode and shown in the hunter and equitation divisions, I've had a ton of fun dabbling in some dressage, western team penning, and lots of fun riding on hunter paces. Even though I enjoy broadening my horizons, I keep my roots in my jumping saddle. My riding today is all about enjoying my horse whether I'a hunter ring one weekend or on the trails the next!Kristina as a SmartPaker: At SmartPak, I am able to take my passion for horses and combine it with my love for photography! From being on set for our photo shoots to editing images for our catalogs and website, my position in Photo Production has really allowed me to watch out products come alive! The best part is seeing the catalogs hot off the press and ready to reach the hands of riders everywhere!
All about Harri: In 2003, I got my current horse Harri (most often referred to as Haroldddd!). He was only 2.5 when I decided I had to have him. Being a green broke Connemara/Tb, I had big plans for the two of us. Over the years I've seen Harri grow and mature into such an amazing horse. While I mainly ride him as a hunter, we enjoy hitting the trails, doing the occasional schooling jumper show as well as heading out on lengthy hunter paces. We also like to lesson regularly with our dressage trainer to keep out flatwork in tiptop shape! The bond we've established over the years is really like no other!
SmartPaker:Ellen from Customer Care
Horse:Nemo, Morgan gelding
Ellen as a rider:I can't remember a time when I didn't love horses. I started riding when I was eight, grew up as an active 4-H participant, and showed in hunter/jumper shows. In college, I rode on the IHSA team and also found my new passion - dressage. My parents got my first horse, and my childhood best friend, Lego for me when I was 12. I found my current horse and buddy Nemo a few years ago. We currently enjoy dressage, trail riding on the cranberry bogs, jumping, and horse showing.Ellen as a SmartPaker: I work on our Customer Care team, which means I get to email and chat with our customers each day. I love getting to know everyone and helping with supplement suggestions and options to keep their horses happy and healthy.
All about Nemo: Nemo is a 16hh black Morgan who I found in New Hampshire. He was actually born at a really neat Morgan farm that breeds all black Morgans in Alberta, Canada. He has such a friendly, playful personality, and acts more like a happy black lab than a horse at times. (He also loves all the kids at the barn where I keep him, and gives great hugs). Even though he's still a bit green, he tries so hard to learn new things, and I have so much fun riding him. We ride hunt seat and dressage, and he loves to jump as well. I'm looking forward to many more adventures together.
SmartPaker:Courtney from Marketing
Horse:Socks, 1993 Quarter Horse mare
Courtney as a rider:Before I could even walk my favorite uncle promised to buy me a horse as soon as I turned 12. That was a promise I NEVER forgot. The day I turned 10 I started to ask when I would get my first horse and started riding lessons to get a head start. From there, I took off at a gallop, spending every extra second at the barn whether it was to help with chores or watch the vet and farrier. Four months later, Socks showed up at the barn and it was a match made in heaven (the best birthday gift ever!). Nobody has been able to get me out of the saddle since! Socks and I started showing at local hunter/jumper shows on the weekends. In college, I rode on the IHSA and groomed/rode at a jumper barn during the summer. I was lucky enough to travel to events at Spruce Meadows, the Kentucky Horse Park, and WEF with some really cool horses. Courtney as a SmartPaker: As the Marketing Coordinator for Sponsorships, I manage our event sponsorships and coordinate many of our sponsorship programs such as prizes for awards at shows. I love being able to meet all different riders at these events and celebrate their success! Another part of my role is working with our Team SmartPak riders. I'm lucky to work with some of the best athletes in our industry who have a passion for horses, just like we do here at SmartPak!
All about Socks: Socks was my first horse and has been a great teacher over the years. I've had her since she was 6 (and that was many years ago at this point). While she is a chestnut mare, her looks would fool you. She is one of the most gentle natured and intuitive horses around. From taking me around fences classes all the way to equine assisted therapeutic activities, Socks is always up for the job and has helped many riders learn how wonderful horses can be.
SmartPaker:Katrina from Web Marketing
Horse:DJ, 1995 AQHA/PHBA gelding
Katrina as a rider:I started riding when I was five and did a little bit of everything until I was 14, which is when I started riding and showing competitively on the Quarter Horse circuit. I showed my palomino gelding, DJ, in halter, showmanship, hunter under saddle, hunt seat equitation, hunter hack, equitation over fences, working hunter, and horsemanship. On occasion, we might have even done a trail class or western pleasure class, too! My favorite was always the pattern classes like equitation, horsemanship, and showmanship. After I graduated college I retired DJ from showing and he now enjoys his days by teaching young riders to learn to ride. I don't ride much myself but spend my time at the barn watching my daughter learn how to ride.Katrina as a SmartPaker: As a SmartPaker, I work with our Web Marketing team to help coordinate all of our emails and outbound communications to our customers.
All about DJ: DJ is a 1995 AQHA/PHBA gelding that started primarily as a horsemanship/equitation horse, but as we conquered those classes, we challenged him to do more. DJ started jumping and he was really cute over fences and he loved it so we added that to our class list at each show. As our career together continued on, we were always trying to win the all-around circuit awards at shows so we even added barrel racing, pole bending, and stake race to our agenda at certain shows as needed. You might be surprised to find out that the long necked, low and slow, mellow Quarter Horse actually loved the speed events so much that he would get antsy and impatient at the starting gate! It was always remarkable how he could go from doing a run in a barrel class and change right back into English tack to show in the equitation class. He is one of a kind!
SmartPaker:Jessica (aka "Jno") from Marketing
Horse:Sawyer, 2007 Morgan gelding
JNo as a rider:Although I don't come from a horsey family, my grandfather loved horses his whole life and bought me my first pony when I was very young. This started my life-long obsession... I started taking formal lessons when I was about 10, and eventually got to lease then own a horse of my own. My early show experience included open and 4-H competitions, then I eventually started showing on the hunter/jumper circuit through high school. For college I attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where I studied animal science, and had a blast participating in the IHSA riding team all 4 years. At UMass my eyes were opened to dressage and eventing, and I also discovnatural horsemanship. While spectating at the Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event in 2001, I attended a special demonstration put on by Pat and Linda Parelli, together with David and Karen O'Connor. That hour changed my life with horses forever. I began studying natural horsemanship through the Parelli program that spring, and I've never looked back. Besides the personal goals I have for my horse and I, my mission is to help others in the horse world realize that taking a "natural" approach (understanding horse psychology and putting the relationship with your horse first) will enhance your life with horses, regardless of your discipline. Jno as a SmartPaker: I am passionate about all aspects of equine health and nutrition, so I feel blessed to come to work and do what I love every day. I'm proud to be part of the team that manages the SmartSupplements product line, and I help oversee the "health" side of our marketing. That means my job includes everything from developing new supplements, to training our stellar Customer Care team, and assisting with the awesome content you find in our Guides to Supplements and Horse Care.
All about Sawyer: Between college and starting at SmartPak I struggled to figure out what type or horse was right for me. For years I was convinced I needed a "big, fancy" horse, then I finally had what I call my horse epiphany...I realized that the gorgeous, athletic Thoroughbred mare I'd been working with was just too much horse for me, and that being nervous to ride wasn't all that fun. When I finally let go of the kind of horse I thought I should have, that shift lead me to my perfect partner. Sawyer is without a doubt The One for me. He is a 100% Lippitt Morgan, which means he's the true "old type" - hardy, sweet, sensible, athletic, and versatile enough to do anything. If you had told me a few years ago that my dream horse would be a 14.3 hh, Morgan with a long mane, I never would have believed you, but that's exactly how it turned out and I couldn't be happier!
SmartPaker:Martha from Customer Care
Horse:Hale, Shire gelding
Martha as a rider:I have been riding since I was five and have stuck primarily to eventing and dressage. I also love anything that involves getting out of the ring whether it's a canter in the woods or a gallop on the beach!Martha as a SmartPaker: My job on the Customer Care team is the best because I spend my time getting to know SmartPak's horses and riders. I spend my days calling to check in to make sure we are keeping horses across the country happy and healthy!
All about Hale: Hale is a shire! That's right, a draft horse who does dressage! We have been together for eight years and he has been one of the coolest horses I have ever ridden. 18 hands and 1800 lbs worth of forward movement has not only helped me to become a better rider but also made me pretty brave!
SmartPaker:Veronica from Customer Care
Horse:Leroy, Buster, Bing, Tony, and Lemons
Veronica as a rider:I started riding as a present for my seventh birthday. My parents got the hint that I loved horses when I screamed "AHHH, look at the ponies!!!" every time we passed the farm by my house. Two years later, my parents bought me my first horse, Buster. A few years after that, my parents purchased the horse farm where I was taking lessons. Some may say I had the greatest birthday present ever! I continued to ride all through college on the IHSA team at the University of Maryland. Now, I actively compete in the hunter and equitation ring, and I still scream "AHHH, look at the ponies!!" every time I pass a horse farm.Veronica as a SmartPaker: I've been a part of SmartPak's Customer Care team for several years now. I get to talk about horses all day long, and I really don't know what could be better. I love talking to riders that are as passionate about riding and their horses as I am!
All about Leroy, Buster, Bing, Tony, and Lemons: Leroy (or "Be-Dazzled") is the love of my life. We have been together for 16 years and he still surprises me every day. He is a senior OTTB who has the playful attitude of five-year-old. We qualified for Zone 2 finals in the adult amateur hunters a few years ago, which was definitely a riding career highlight for me. Bing is the newest addition to the family. Since OTTBs have a special place in my heart, I knew that I wanted another young OTTB to bring into the hunter ring. Along came Bing, who is tall, dark, and very handsome. I know we are going to do big things together! I still own my very first horse Buster, a senior palomino Quarter Horse. He fills his days by eating grass, cookies, and basically anything else that he can find. Tony and Lemons are the resident ponies of our farm. Lemons is a two-year-old mini who has more sass in her one hoof than I do in my whole body!
SmartPaker:Katie from Finance
Horse:Juliet, Thoroughbred/Connemara mare
Katie as a rider:I began riding when I was in 5th grade and have been hooked since. Growing up as a kid I was always at the barn doing stalls, cleaning tack, and taking care of any horse that needed a little extra TLC. I was an avid Pony Clubber competing in the hunters, jumpers, equitation, as well as dressage and eventing.Katie as a SmartPaker: I'm part of SmartPak's Finance team. I spend my time developing fun excel sheets as well as reports and data analysis specifically for our Customer Care and Merchandising teams.
All about Juliet: Juliet came into my life as she was just not working out as a school pony (she likes scoot at anything out of the ordinary). She has a lot of personality in a little package. Juliet is one of the sweetest mares who LOVES attention and thinks she's pretty cute. Every morning as the horses are turned out she is nickering away until all her friends are around her. We've been a team for a little over a year and with a little support from SmartCalm Ultra, she's been doing great! Over the last year we've been competing in small dressage and two-phase events, with the hopes of doing a small three-phase event soon.
SmartPaker:Elizabeth from Customer Care
Horse:Sam & Razz, Arabian geldings
Elizabeth as a rider:I once read the suggestion that you should ride 100 horses before you buy one, so that's what I did. I ride dressage now, but I started out at a hunter/jumper barn, rode at an eventing camp in the summers, and went western on vacations and with friends. In recent years, I've discovered the areas where classical dressage and natural horsemanship intersect, and have been following that path ever since. I also help run the small stable where my horses live.Elizabeth as a SmartPaker: I am a Senior Team Leader for Customer Care. Most of my time is spent helping my reports with their customers, training new hires and scheduling the team's trainings, meetings and shifts (Outlook and I are best buds). I also still jump on emails and phones when I can, since customers make my day!
All about Sam & Razz: I always dreamed of owning an Arabian, and now I own two! Sam is super steady, loves trail riding and parades, and is very patient with my dressage aspirations in the ring. Razz is flashy, loves learning new things, and I think just enjoys being a horse after a long show career as a youngster. They're both "senior" at this point but you would never know it.
SmartPaker:Paige from Customer Care
Horse: Down Right Peppy "Downy", Quarter Horse Gelding
Paige as a rider:I became a rider at the age of eight when I had my first English lesson on an Appaloosa named Heaven. Of course, I fell in love, kept taking lessons, and finally got my first horse, a Morgan named Trevor, at the age of 13. At that point I transitioned to more of a western leisure/trail rider and since then have tried gymkhana, polo, and western pleasure. Although Quarter Horses are my personal favorite (like the special guy in my photo!), I was lucky enough to intern at a Thoroughbred breeding farm after college and have great respect for all of the OTTBs out there, too.Paige as a SmartPaker: As a member of SmartPak's Customer Care Quality Assurance Team, I do a lot "behind the scenes" work to help ensure that our fabulous team of Product Specialists have the tools and coaching they need to make each interaction with our customers the very best. One of the most rewarding aspects is watching the team's skills develop and then getting to hear the meaningful impact they have on our customers' and their horses' lives through happy customer feedback – it's a chain of positive outcomes that I'm proud and lucky to be a small part of!
All about Downy: I'm currently between horses, so as much as I wish Downy were my own, he is the perfect horse to fill that gap! He is a super sweet and willing horse that I feel extremely lucky to be able to ride and spend quality time with. Life wouldn't be complete without some sort of pet at home, so I do have another four-legged friend named Saki. He is a Maltese-cross rescue named after my boyfriend's Kawasaki dirt bike (not the Japanese drink!) and spends every weekend at the track with us living up to his name. He's also enjoying becoming a barn dog in the making and learning to love his big brother Downy.
SmartPaker:Lexi from Marketing
Horse:Sasha, 2007 Dutch Warmblood/Thoroughbred mare
Lexi as a rider:I started taking riding lessons when I was nine, fell in love with the sport, and never looked back. People have asked when I'm going to outgrow the "horse phase," but at this point I don't see that ever happening! I've been involved in the hunter/jumper show world since I was twelve and the hunter ring is still where you'll find me today.Lexi as a SmartPaker: As part of SmartPak's marketing team, I help with all kinds of fun projects to help horse owners learn about our supplements. My favorite part of my job is helping customers share their success stories. I love to hear about how our supplements are helping horses lead happy and healthy lives!
All about Sasha: Sasha is a Dutch Warmblood/Thoroughbred mare that I'm bringing along with an eye on the amateur/owner hunters and local hunter derbies. She's smart, sassy, opinionated, and more of a challenge than any horse I've had, but we've learned so much together already and I'm so excited to see what the future has in hold for us.
SmartPaker:Lissa from Marketing
Horse:Duncan, Quarter Horse gelding
Lissa as a rider:My riding career started on the competitive hunter/jumper circuit showing in the hunters, jumpers, and equitation. Fast forward to the present and you'll find me heading to the barn with my jeans and western boots and taking lessons at a Western All-Around barn.Lissa as a SmartPaker: As a Marketing Director at SmartPak, I'm involved in everything from helping with the catalogs to working with our amazing Team SmartPak Riders to meeting our customers at trade shows and much more.
All about Duncan: Duncan joined our family in the fall of 2014. He loves attention and is very patient, which makes him the perfect family horse. He's enjoyed his job as a Western All-Around horse and though he'll continue with that, he'll also be logging some time out on the trails.
SmartPaker:Olivia from the SmartPak Store
Horse:Alfa Romeo, Morgan cross gelding
Olivia as a rider:When I was young I was lucky enough to spend my days riding my pony Chocolate Truffles in the backyard. Snow storm, rainy day, it didn't matter...nothing could keep us apart! As time went by I became more serious about wanting to improve as a rider. I found a great barn and started riding in children's equitation. I went on to college at UCONN, where I was Co-Captain of the Western Morgan Drill Team and was able to gain some polo skills in my down time. After graduating I moved to Tennessee, where I was a pro-polo groom and rode hunters on the side. I missed the ocean and my friends, so I came back to the northeast to manage a children's riding schoWhile there I expanded my knowledge of dressage and planted roots in the equestrian community in Massachusetts. When I found my horse Romeo I started eventing and fell head over heels with the passion and determination the sport requires to succeed.Olivia as a SmartPaker: I love to work hard and play hard, so when I heard that's what SmartPak was all about, I was all in! I work in SmartPak's retail store and have the amazing opportunity to talk to horse lovers all day. The best part of my job is being able to see customers smile when they walk out the door with everything they need to be the best rider they can be.
All about Romeo: Romeo and I have been together since 2009. He is a handsome bay standing 15.1 hands high. Romeo is an all around great horse, and has become my best friend and partner in crime. You can usually find us winding down the wooded trails and galloping over the grassy fields keeping fit for the eventing season. He is fearless and fun, and loves to play in the water. The name "Romeo" suits him well - he knows how to unzip your jacket when you're not watching, but don't let him tempt you – he's all mine!
SmartPaker:Lyn from Customer Care
Horse:Sparkles, domestic short-haired cat
Lyn as a rider:I started riding in the hunter/jumper world when I was 9 years old. While I realized pretty quickly that the show ring wasn't for me, I knew would always ride for the love of horses and have ridden and worked in various barns ever since. Up until I went to college, I had a miniature horse named Cody. He ended up not being very "mini", but he was definitely too little to ride so we spent time lunging, playing tag, and working on his manners (he was sassy!). I don't own a horse right now, but am lucky enough to have some great horses nearby to ride. I'm currently focusing on improving my English skills in the ring and enjoying the trails in either an EnglisWestern saddle.Lyn as a SmartPaker: I have been with SmartPak since November of 2011. I started by helping our amazing riders over the phone, and now I help our riders over chat on our website and by email. I also help us all stay connected through our Horse Health Forum, Facebook, and Instagram. I love being able to help make things easier, faster, or smarter for our riders and their horses every day!
All about Sparkles: My cat Sparkles is the feline love of my life! Her mom was feral but we think she's a domestic shorthair of sorts. She's starting to get older, but she still acts like a kitten and gives the best snuggles around. She wishes she could come to SmartPak to visit, but I doubt she would appreciate the company of the office dogs!
SmartPaker:Amanda from IT
Horse:Hershey, Chincoteague Pony gelding
Amanda as a rider:I started riding lessons when I was twelve, but the horse bug bit long before that. For as long as I can remember my family vacationed on Chincoteague Island and I knew that I would be the very proud owner of a Chincoteague Pony someday. In 2002 and 2003 that dream came true when I brought home my two Chincoteagues, Teaguer and Hershey. I wasn't really riding in any specific discipline at the time, but when I saw how beautifully Hershey was growing up, I just knew I wanted to do dressage with him. Several years later eventing fever set in and I am now a certified baby eventer working up the courage to maybe go out and do Novice someday.Amanda as a SmartPaker: I started out at SmartPak as a part-time associate in our retail store, eventually working my way up to Senior Assistant Store Manager. I spent eight years getting to know our customers inside and out on a personal level before transitioning to IT in our office. In that role I work to ensure that our customers have the best experience on our website that they possibly can!
All about Hershey: I've had Hersh since he was just a wee little foal and he is now a smart, brave, somewhat grumpy eventing machine. He's really tall for a Chincoteague and most people mistake him for a Morgan or small Thoroughbred. He's the type of horse that will try his heart out for you but do silly things just to keep it interesting. I'm hoping to see him progress through at least Prelim level eventing as he definitely has the athletic ability for it. I consider myself very lucky to have him!
SmartPaker:Jenna from Customer Care
Horse:Hershey, Dutch Warmblood Gelding
Jenna as a rider:I started taking lessons when I was 7 and quickly fell off enough times to know I loved riding down to my core. I was lucky enough to move from my first pony, Hercules, to a hunter horse, Ghost, and then to an equitation horse, Hershey. After Hershey took me through my years in the junior medals, he helped me get a scholarship to ride for a D1 NCAA Equestrian team. We traveled all over the country and I was able to ride a lot of incredible horses from Connecticut to California. Now I'm happy to be home again with Hershey, who is still excited to jump anything he is pointed towards even as a senior! I'm hoping to ease him into retirement eventually, butnow we're enjoying braving the world outside of the show arena and enjoying every new adventure.Jenna as a SmartPaker: As part of SmartPak's world-class Customer Care team, I am privileged to work with our awesome customers each and every day. I help with orders, product questions, and (my favorite) supplement consultations. Whatever you need, I'm your girl! I'm proud to dedicate myself day in and day out to supporting healthy horses and happy riders.
All about Hershey: Hershey, also known as Death by Chocolate, is a dark bay 1997 Dutch Warmblood gelding. He has a crooked stripe, one back sock, and a puppy-dog personality. I found him in New Jersey when he was 7 and I was 14, and promptly fell off and broke my collar bone after bringing him home on trial. Whoops! Over a decade later he's the love of my life (don't tell my boyfriend!). Other than our first little misunderstanding, he's never spooked, bucked, or bolted, and he's jumped every single obstacle I've pointed him at. He was even leased out to little girls while I was in college and taught them how to jump with infinite patience. Now that I've graduated, I'm trying to teach him how to enjoy semi-retirement, although he certainly doesn't look or act his age. He also loves peppermints and carrots, and has a very accurate nose that tells him when you have an extra in your pocket.
SmartPaker:Viviane from Marketing
Horse:Mr. Sunshine, Oldenburg gelding
Viviane as a rider:My life with horses started in France, where I would sit on a pony during our Sunday family trail walks starting at the age of three. When we moved to Germany when I was seven, I started with vaulting and then later took lessons on school horses. Since then I've acquired my German bronze and silver medal to compete in dressage and jumping, spent several summers working at hunter barns in the US, competed in national competitions as a college student in Germany, and rode at an international dressage sales barn in Frankfurt, Germany. After a riding break due to an accident, I decided to stick to dressage and working with horses from the ground. When I moved to the U.S. in 2014, I was fortunate enough to find a dressage barn where I could again ride different horses up to Prix St George level and compete at 4th level. I also give dressage lessons and do training rides on several different horses.Viviane as a SmartPaker: I am very lucky to be able to combine my lifelong passion with horses with my career in marketing. I am the ColiCare Program Coordinator, so I help with everything required to keep this amazing program running smoothly and supporting healthy horses and happy riders!
All about Mr. Sunshine: "Sunny bunny" is a tall Oldenburg gelding born in 2003. He has a funny face and funny character. He is the herd leader, which means he also likes to test me during our rides but once on my side he is a great partner and a gentle giant on the ground. He was owned by several people and used in different disciplines for about six years. I'm thoroughly enjoying working up the levels with him in classical dressage training and hopping over some jumps every now and then, too.
SmartPaker:Olivia from Customer Care
Horse:Stiletto, Quarter Horse/Paint mare
Olivia as a rider:I got the bit by the horse bug at a very young age, and by the time I was 8, there was no cure. I started taking riding lessons and begged my parents for a horse on a daily basis. Worried that it would be a phase, they made a deal with me that I had to prove myself by taking care of a 4-H cow for a year. After spending my life savings at the age of 8 and getting up early every day to feed my cow, I showed that I could be responsible enough to be able to take care of a horse. Finally I bought Princess, a beautiful palomino Quarter Horse. I grew up learning western pleasure and showmanship, but found that my real passion was a need for speed and turnebarrel racing. I competed in 4-H and open shows, and I also became a riding instructor/trainer. My newest project is Stiletto, a 2012 Quarter Horse/Paint!Olivia as a SmartPaker: I love horses and I love people, so becoming part of SmartPak's Customer Care Team was a no brainer for me! It's great to be able to hear about our customers' horses, help them with whatever they need, and connect with them from one horse person to another.
All about Stiletto: Stiletto is my baby! I've had her since she was 5 months old. She is a solid black Quarter Horse/Paint mare. I love training babies from the ground up and Stiletto is definitely destined to be a rodeo queen. One cool fact about Stiletto is that she knows a couple tricks; so far she knows how to bow and how to lay down!
SmartPaker:Whitney from Barn Sales
Horse:Eclipse, Draft cross gelding
Whitney as a rider:I have loved horses for as long as I can remember. I can vividly remember my dad taking me for pony rides and since then I haven't looked back. I found a local barn where I took lessons and created some of my best childhood memories there. I changed barns in high school and have been with the same barn since then. Historically I've been a hunter rider but recently I've been having a blast dabbling in dressage.Whitney as a SmartPaker: I'm a Barn Consultant, which means I help support barns in Central/Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Most days you will find me out visiting barns in the area meeting with barn professionals to help them (and their clients) with just about everything SmartPak related. When I am not in the barn you might find me traveling to trade shows across the country. I'm lucky enough to say that my job is so great that work doesn't usually feel like work!
All about Eclipse: I've owned my horse Eclipse since 2013. He is a 16.3 Draft cross (Friesian, Percheron, and Thoroughbred) who is full of personality. Named for the cool marking on his face, Eclipse came to me from a local rescue and I have had a blast falling in love with him. We generally stick to flat work due to some ringbone and have also been known to hit the trails and even the beach (he LOVES the water). His favorite treats by far are bananas and he is always inspecting my pockets for cookies. I am really lucky to have this special boy in my life!
SmartPaker:Stefanie from Customer Care
Horse:Solara, 2006 Quarter Horse mare
Stefanie as a rider:I was that horse crazy little girl that got her start checking out every single horse-related book at my school and public library, moved on to doing every presentation or paper I could on horses, and finally drove my parents crazy enough to cave and get me my first horse at 8 years old. I was lucky enough to have two very supportive parents that totally immersed themselves, my little sister, and me into the horse world and never thought twice about it. I started out in 4-H and moved on to open and breed shows. I went to college at West Texas A& M University, where I was so lucky to ride on their IHSA team and where I also got my first real taste of my of horse judging. I've done a little bit of everything over the years but truly love the AQHA all around events best.Stefanie as a SmartPaker: I often have to pinch myself to make sure that I'm not imagining this amazing job that I call mine. I started out at SmartPak back in 2008 on our Customer Care Team and have gotten so many amazing opportunities over the years to try my hand at lots of exciting things. All of those things have lead me to where I am today which is honestly what I would consider my dream job - how cool, right? I am our Customer Care Team's Quality Assurance Team Leader. In a nutshell, that means that I get to coach our team of legendary sales folks on how to keep getting better at helping all of you!
All about Solara: Solara has been perfect for me. She's a super laid-back mare that I've been leasing since 2014 and honestly she couldn't have come into my life at a better time. She's such a cool horse and has some pretty awesome "buttons" that she loves showing off. We are just having fun together and getting her polished up in hopes that we may do some light competing in the future.
SmartPaker:Eden from Customer Care
Horse:Woody, Chincoteague Pony gelding
Eden as a rider:I caught the horse bug early and finally started taking riding lessons when I was 8 years old. I rode any and every horse I could, but was particularly drawn to naughty ponies and finally got one of my own a couple years later! I started taking my riding more seriously in college and began showing casually in the hunter ring. I have worked for the past couple of years to get my own pony comfortable in the hunter ring and now he is one of the cutest pinto ponies in his division. These days we have a lot of fun, get into a lot of trouble, and are always trying new things together!Eden as a SmartPaker: I am on the Customer Care Team here at SmartPak, which means I get to talk directly to our customers about their horses all day. Whether it's finding the best supplement to support their horse or picking out a new bridle for the show ring, I love helping our customers find exactly what they're looking for.
All about Woody: Though his wild personality and spunk suggests differently, Woody was not actually born on Chincoteague Island. He was raised by a close family friend and when I began searching for a pony to call my own, he fell right into my lap! He has come a long way since I got him as an obese pony nicknamed "Orca" and, much to everyone's surprise, he is quite the natural jumper. Though our focus has been in the hunter ring, what we love most is riding out on the farm and even venturing out on the cross country course.
SmartPaker:Parisa from Customer Care
Parisa as a rider:I've been riding ever since I could sit up! When I was growing up, my family drove trotters in all different racers around New England and my first pony was a retired trotter named Magic. I started taken lessons when I was around seven or eight and got my second horse, a 40-year-old ex-barrel horse named Pepper, for my thirteenth birthday. I dabbled in some local barrel and western pleasure shows, and have always been a barn rat helping out wherever I can exchange for some time in the saddle. I don't currently own my own horse, but I still love being around them as much as possible!Parisa as a SmartPaker: I've been a Product Specialist at SmartPak since November 2014. I love the atmosphere and the customers I get to talk to every day. Since I've started with SmartPak, I've been trying to learn new things and take as many opportunities as possible in the horse world and the business world.
SmartPaker:Celli from Customer Care
Horse:Louie, 2012 Quarter Horse
Celli as a rider:I started riding at around age 3 after my older sister took riding lessons at summer camp. That fall we bought a Morgan named Glamour Girl. Before long I was riding my own ponies in short stirrup, the children's hunters, and children's medals. My large pony Almost Heaven brought me all the way to the junior medals, when I had to graduate to a horse. In college I competed on my school's equestrian team, where I made it to Nationals and was lucky enough to ride in the 1996 Olympic arena in Atlanta, GA. After graduating, I decided I need a change and started riding Western. Nowadays I focus mainly on the cow events.Celli as a SmartPaker: I am a member of the Customer Care Team here at SmartPak. I am lucky enough to chat with our customers about their horses every day. I truly LOVE checking in and seeing how our horses and riders are doing!
All about Louie: Louie is a 2012 palomino American Quarter Horse. His breeding is primarily cutting and reining – YEEHAW! Louie is a kind, respectful, smart, and athletic little powerhouse and has already shown interest in cows, making his mama proud!
SmartPaker:Tory from Barns
Horse:Apollo, Thoroughbred gelding
Tory as a rider:As one of SmartPak's Barn Consultants, I work directly with barn professionals to help simplify their lives at the barn. I get to spend most of my days with barn owners, managers, and trainers (and all their clients!), answering any and all supplement questions. I also travel all over the country to trade shows, and love meeting all of our fantastic customers face to face!Tory as a SmartPaker: Like many horse people, I started riding when I was little and was instantly hooked. Primarily I've ridden and shown in the hunters, but I've dabbled in the jumpers here and there, and I worked at an eventing barn for a while—I enjoy something about all the disciplines! I've been fortunate enough to have owned two wonderful off-track Thoroughbreds at different points in my riding career, and my current horse Apollo is the light of my life.
All about Apollo: I got Apollo when he was a five year old baby off the track, and it's been so fun working with him. He loves to learn and wants to work hard most of the time, but he can also be really playful and silly (his favorite game is undoing Velcro!). He has quite the personality and is such a sweetheart. He's a total blast and I'm very fortunate to have him!
SmartPaker:Kelcie from Marketing
Horse:Quest, Hanoverian mare
Kelcie as a rider:I took my first riding lesson at summer camp when I was 10 years old and, needless to say, I never looked back. I've always loved the hunter/jumper world, but I've also been lucky enough to have a few years of training in dressage as well. I actively competed throughout high school and spent every waking moment I could at the barn - yes, I was that girl. To be honest, the college years were no different - throughout the week I would spend my time riding for class, then spent nights and weekends as an active member of the Johnson & Wales IHSA team. To this day, I am still an active competitor in the hunter ring.Kelcie as a SmartPaker: As a member of SmartPak's business development team, I spend my days providing support for various projects, from emails to trade shows. My favorite aspect of the job, however, is helping to develop our press releases, and working with various industry publications to help get the word out about all of the awesome new and exciting products that we carry.
All about Quest: Quest is a 2008 Hanoverian mare. I bought her in 2015 and from the minute I got her, she quickly stole my heart. Quest came to me as a younger, green horse, and was my first attempt at training a young project horse. We quickly learned her favorite thing to do is jump, and that her heart truly belongs in the show ring. She will for sure capture anyone's attention with her cute brown eyes and her sweet (but sometimes sassy) personality.
SmartPaker:Kimberly from Accounting
Horse:Lovey, Quarter Horse cross mare
Kimberly as a rider:I come from an avid animal loving family. We have always had dogs growing up and I loved admiring horses from a far. When my sister and I were young we were so excited when my mom signed us up for summer camp of horseback riding! Little did she knew how much our passion would grow. Inevitably we started taking lessons and competing which eventually led to owning our horses. I grew up competing in hunter/jumper shows. I have not competed much since college. Now I am riding an adorable Quarter horse pony and we are both going to get back into the show ring together!Kimberly as a SmartPaker: I cannot believe how lucky I am to have found a job that is a perfect blend of my passion for horses and my knowledge of accounting and finance. Well here I am, working as an accounting coordinator for SmartPak. In the accounting department, I'm part of a team that makes sure all the bills get paid so that we can continue to provide all of the wonderful products we have for our equine loving customers.
All about Lovey: Her name pretty much describes it all. This pony will melt your heart with all of her affection. If she had it her way, her day would consist of eating, snuggling, grooming, napping, and some more snuggling. She's also the social butterfly of the barn. If there is a group of people standing around chatting, she would very much like to be part of that group, even though she cannot actively partake in the conversation. Aside from all of her socializing, she knows when she has to work. I have just started introducing jumps to her and she is more than willing and seems to really be enjoying herself! I am very excited to continue my journey with this incredibly lovable and intelligent pony!
SmartPaker:Mary from Quality Assurance
Horse:Fabian, 2007 RPSI gelding
Mary as a rider:I drove everyone crazy talking about horses as a child. I got my first horse at the age of 10 and learned to ride bareback with a halter and lead rope as a bridle. My tough little Appaloosa mare had no fear so I learned to just hang on and go for it. We gallivanted all over the small farming community I grew up in and took full advantage of dirt roads and old logging trails to go exploring. I spent every minute I could on the back of horse until I went to college and it was all for fun. No horse shows, lessons or ribbons for us – just open fields for galloping, logs to jump, and a pond for swimming. It wasn't until my 30's that I started taking lessonsfinally got to fulfill a childhood dream of becoming an eventer (I may have watched International Velvet as a child one too many times).Mary as a SmartPaker: I'm the Quality Assurance Manager at SmartPak. In this role I provide the oversight that makes sure all our systems and processes are doing their job to ensure everything about your SmartPak is living up to our commitment of happy riders and healthy horses. It's pretty much a dream job for me because I get to combine my degree in Animal Science with knowledge from my past careers with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and the pharmaceutical industry.
All about Fabian: Fahhhhbulous Fabian is a 2007 RPSI (Dutch x Hanoverian) gelding. He's a big fancy warmblood with the personality of a Labrador, obsessive licking included. He's a great partner and we are having a blast working our way up the levels in eventing.
SmartPaker:Pam from Customer Care
Horse:Noah, 2001 AQHA/IBHA gelding
Pam as a rider:I started taking riding lessons in 3rd grade and continued right up through high school. I spent many summers at horseback riding camp, loving every second of it. I then took many years off from riding and went to college, raised a family, and established a career. I started taking riding lessons again in 2009 and bought my very first horse in 2011. It was a dream come true!Pam as a SmartPaker: I am part of the Customer Care Team, which means I get to talk about horses all day every day and speak to the most amazing customers. I love getting to know our customers and providing solutions for their horses and dogs!
All about Noah: Noah is my rock! Coming back to riding as a more mature person meant that I was not as fearless as I once was and Noah has been a great confidence builder. Noah has done it all during his career, however as we are both a little older we like to take it slow. These days we are riding Western Pleasure and starting Western Dressage. I have definitely become a better rider because of him.
SmartPaker:Cora from Customer Care
Horse:Braveheart, Canadian Sport Horse gelding
Cora as a rider:I began riding at the age of 8 years old. My first horse was a Thoroughbred/Quarter Horse cross named Murphy and we did local jumper shows until I left for college. After college I decide that it was time to get back in the saddle again and I purchased a 10 month old Canadian Sport Horse named Braveheart that I broke and trained to be an eventer. Currently we compete at the recognized level as a member of the USEA and we travel all over Area 1 during the show season.Cora as a SmartPaker: I am a Product Specialist and love talking to all of our wonderful customers. My favorite aspect of my role is helping our customers select the appropriate supplements for their horses. There is nothing better than knowing that I have contributed to all of the happy riders and healthy horses that are our valued customers.
All about Braveheart: Braveheart was born in Canada in April of 2002 and I purchased him in Vermont when he was ten months old. He is 16.1 hands tall, all personality, very affectionate, and quite the class clown. Braveheart loves his job as an eventer and this year our goal is to continue to compete successfully at the training level, a move up that has been a welcome challenge.
SmartPaker:Jane from Customer Care
Horse:Nightstar, Morgan gelding, and Jazzy, QH/draft mare
Jane as a rider:I fell in love with horses when I was 5 years old and no one's been able to get me out of the saddle since! I grew up predominately doing dressage, but during college my interest in the hunter/jumper world was sparked, and I was hooked! I spent my four college years working on my jumping skills and worked my way up to Captain of the Equestrian Team at my university by my senior year. Since graduating, I have really enjoyed working with green horses, teaching them the basics of both dressage and jumping.Jane as a SmartPaker: I'm part of SmartPak's fabulous Customer Care Team and I help customers with orders, questions, and supplement consultations every day. What's great about my job is that I get to chat with horse people (like me!) all day and it never feels like work when I get to do that!
All about Nightstar: Nightstar is a dark bay Morgan gelding who I compete in the hunters with. He is such a versatile horse! He has helped teach so many in western, dressage, and hunter over fence lessons at the barn. He is currently a school horse at my University, helping to teach others what he was able to teach me. He'll be coming to join me when he's ready for the retired life.
All about Jazzy: Jazzy is my 7-year-old QH/draft cross mare. I recently started working at a barn in my area and I just fell in love with her. She was a rescue with very minimal under saddle experience when I was first getting to know her. She's a quick learner and we're already working on some small jumping courses together! We have big plans to get ourselves into the hunter circuit.
SmartPaker:Brett from Customer Care
Dog:Zoey, Yorkshire Terrier
Brett as a "Makeup Geek":I love all things makeup. I fell in love with this creative outlet during my wedding when I had my makeup professionally done. It has become a very large extracurricular activity for me – ranging from traveling to Makeup Tradeshows, following beauty guru's on YouTube, attending Store Grand Openings and of course learning and understanding different looks that go with different eye shapes and skin tones. I am always trying to perfect my skills. I absolutely love it – and have really enjoyed exploring the creative side of myself. I have made a lot of friends who have the same passion – and weekly trips to Sephora and Ulta help to keep me in the know on the latest trends and products released to the market.Brett as a SmartPaker: My role here in the SmartPak family is Project Team Lead. I am responsible for being the liaison between our IT team and Customer Care, making sure our representatives have the latest and up to date equipment to support our amazing customers! I'm also a part of the large projects that go on year round to help to make SmartPak the innovative company we are today!
All about Zoey: Zoey is a 5 lb. Yorkshire Terrier – who will be 9 years old this year, and … she is the love of my life! (Don't tell my husband). Zoey is just magical, she has a very large personality and truly believes she is a goddess that makes all my dreams come true – and she would be right! She is a busy girl, working with her Momma every day – but I couldn't have asked for a better companion!
SmartPaker:Cassie from Customer Care
Horse:Cole, American Warmblood gelding
Cassie as a rider:My relationship with horses began as soon as I was big enough to sit up on my own on a horse. My cousin breeds Quarter Horses and I started trail riding her horses double with my mom and then on my own as soon as I could steer! From there my passion only grew. I began taking lessons as early as the barns in southern Vermont would allow. I did weeks and weeks of horse camps as a kid and that was all I wanted to do with my summers. I started off in the hunter/jumper world then discovered dressage in my late teens. I have had positions in barns grooming, managing, and teaching riding lessons. Even now, I still prefer a hands-on approach to horsemanship - I clean my horses stall every day even though he is boarded!Cassie as a SmartPaker: I have the privilege of talking to other horse lovers every single day! As part of our incredible Customer Care Team, I help out with orders, product inquiries, and supplement consults. I love that I have direct interaction with our excellent customers and get to help make sure we are fueling healthy horses and happy riders.
All about Cole: Cole is a beautiful, lovable American Warmblood. His breeding stems from Friesian and Trakehner lines. He started late in life after spending his first few years mostly as a pet. Now we are enjoying a wonderful partnership doing dressage together. He is a natural athlete and is super sweet and affectionate. He loves to steal things from my pockets, nickers for treats, and loves to play with his feed bucket and in water. He's basically a big goof!
SmartPaker:Lindsey P. from Customer Care
Horse:Sinead, Quarter Horse mare
Lindsey as a rider:I have been horse obsessed since before I can even remember- as a three year old I would drag my parents over to the neighbor's house to visit with their miniature horses. Saints that they are, my parents carted me back and forth for lessons and shows until I turned sixteen and started financing my horse addiction myself. I grew up dabbling in a little bit of everything, mostly hunters with some dressage. I also have a history as a barn manager and a groom, and currently own and manage a small boarding barn.Lindsey as a SmartPaker: I work in Customer Care and I love connecting with our amazing customers to share information about our products and swap horse stories!
All about Sinead: I've had my senior Quarter Horse mare Sinead for a little more than four years. I knew we were meant to be when she tried to steal a donut from the concession stand at a schooling show when I had her on trial! Her favorite things include tic tacs, giving pony rides and lessons to young children, leisurely trail rides, and long grooming sessions.
SmartPaker:Adriana from Quality Assurance
Horse:Finley, 2008 Belgian/Morgan gelding
Adriana F. as a rider:I started riding at 10 years old after a not-so-successful stint in dance lessons. I've always ridden dressage - for my type A personality, it presents a unique challenge of perfection vs. excellence. Over the years, I have really grown to appreciate the difference between the two and am constantly in search of the somewhat elusive balance between them. I competed during college on the UNH IDA team which was its own interesting challenge. I completed my Bronze medal at the end of 2013 with my previous long-term lease partner, Faith Hill (another Belgian Cross), and just finished up her Third Level Horse Performance Award the beginning of 2015.Adriana F. as a SmartPaker: I am a Quality Assurance Specialist here at SmartPak, which means I spend my days helping make sure that everything in your horse's SmartPaks lives up to our standards. I feel very lucky to be able to combine my science background and expertise with my love of horses!
All about Finley: Finley is a Belgian/Morgan chestnut gelding. He has a super sweet personality and loves people and other horses. I really love working with him and am looking forward to bringing him up the levels of dressage!
SmartPaker:Danielle from Marketing
Horse:Indy, 1999 Dutch Warmblood gelding
Danielle as a rider:I started riding when I was four years old and was instantly hooked. I got my first pony, Belle, when I was nine years old, and then got Indy when I was 12. While I was still a junior, I competed Indy in both the junior hunters and the big equitation. The hunters (especially the derbies) have always been my favorite, but I have dabbled in the jumper and equitation rings. In college, I competed in the IHSA on the Stonehill College Equestrian Team in the open division, and I loved getting to ride all the different kinds of horses!Danielle as a SmartPaker: As a part of the Equine Health Marketing Team, I help with all kinds of fun projects related to our supplements. My favorite part of working at SmartPak is that I get to combine my passion for horses with my love for marketing.
All about Indy: Indy is my very special, once-in-a-lifetime horse, and I am so very lucky to call him mine. He's a 1999 Dutch Warmblood and we've been together since he was six. We started in the 2'6" baby green hunters and moved all the way up to the 4'3" international hunter derbies. He has the biggest personality and absolutely loves attention, and anyone who knows me knows just how obsessed I am with him!
SmartPaker:Julia from Customer Care
Horse:Blue, Quarter Horse mare
Julia as a rider:I began riding when I was 10 and quickly realized horses were going to be my "thing." I've been a western rider from the start and have enjoyed everything from All-Around events in 4-H shows to reining and ranch horse classes to team penning and trail riding! I worked as a professional trainer for a few years after college and absolutely love working with young horses. I also have a strong appreciation for good horsemanship and a desire to continue to improve mine every day!Julia as a SmartPaker: I am on the fabulous Customer Care Team here at SmartPak! I get to speak with our customers from all over the country and hear their stories about life with their horses. I love creating supplement programs designed specifically for their horse's needs in hopes of helping them get one step closer to their goals!
All about Blue: Blue is my 17-year-old Quarter Horse mare. We've been together for 10 years and have experienced many adventures, from moving across the country to trying our hand at almost every western discipline under the sun! Blue is in "partial retirement" now because while I don't have plans to put her back in the show pen, she's just as sharp as she was when she was young.
SmartPaker:Mandy from Marketing
Mandy as a rider:When I was three years old, my parents bought my oldest sister a horse. I immediately began tagging along during trips to the barn and I haven't stopped spending my free time in the company of horses since! I was lucky enough to get my own horse, an Appaloosa gelding named Marty, when I was fifteen. Marty did it all and we competed on the Appaloosa circuit in everything from hunter under saddle to barrel racing. In college I was captain of the UMass Amherst Polo Team while also taking dressage and jumping lessons. During this time, I realized the jumper ring is where my heart lies! I now split the majority of my time training in dressage to improve my flat work so that I can be as efficient as possible when training over fences.Mandy as a SmartPaker: As part of SmartPak's Marketing Team, I have one of the greatest jobs in the world. I get to combine my passion for marketing with my love of horses to help bring the best solutions to our customers. I also get to dream up awesome promotions designed to help make horses healthy and riders happy!
SmartPaker:Cassie from Web Marketing
Cassie as a rider:I started riding when I was in kindergarten, and just never grew out of the "I love horses" phase. I started out taking lessons at a Morgan show barn and began showing in my local 4-H group. I finally got my own horse when I was in 4th grade, and we dabbled in the western events together. From then on I have always owned or leased horses and have since moved into the English world again. I have done a little bit of everything, from Pony Club to fox hunting and everything in between. Now I just enjoy trail riding and doing an occasional schooling show or clinic.Cassie as a SmartPaker: When I started at SmartPak, I had the pleasure of being on the Customer Care Team, where I got to talk to all of our great customers every day. I have since transitioned to the Web Marketing Team where I get to work with our website and all of our products. My favorite part about working at SmartPak is that I get to work at a company that loves what I love, horses!
SmartPaker:Al from Creative
Horse:Freckles, Appaloosa gelding
Al as a rider:I fell in love with all things horses at eight years old. I started out taking weekly lessons and joining a 4H horse club, and it was soon clear that riding was something that was going stick with me for life. I was a working student through high school and was lucky enough to have the opportunity to ride lots of different horses at a few different barns. When I was 17, I bought my favorite horse Freckles, who I had been leasing for a few years. I got into IEA and then IHSA during college, and while I enjoyed my time in the hunt seat ring, now you'll find me focusing on dressage!Al as a SmartPaker: As part of the Creative Team at SmartPak, I get to combine my passion for both horses and graphic design, an absolute dream job for me! More specifically, I get to design all things web and email related. I love working hard with the team to deliver SmartPak's latest news and great sales into horse owners' inboxes!
All about Freckles: QAR Skip's Son, aka Freckles, is a 1997 registered Appaloosa gelding. We've been a pair since 2007 and had the chance to grow up together. My parents told me I could have a horse the day I could buy my own, so I saved every penny I could and bought him in 2011! Freckles is a very nervous and anxious horse so we enjoy trying new things and tackling adventures at our own pace. Freckles has the goofiest personality, will do absolutely anything for a treat, and is my once-in-a-lifetime horse!
SmartPaker:Nancy from Fulfillment
Horse:Curley, American Bashkir Curly gelding and Arizona, Quarter Horse Gelding
Nancy as a rider:I'm pretty sure I was born horse obsessed, but I didn't begin taking lessons until I was nine. I started out in hunt seat, then dabbled between jumping and basic dressage, and then saddle seat years later. After a trip to a dude ranch in Upstate NY (that I later worked at!), I fell in love with western, which fueled my love of reining. I'm a licensed instructor, have been a barn manager and a vet tech, and spent my younger years teaching at a summer camp and a therapeutic riding center, but being a wrangler at a ranch with 115 horses was definitely one of the big highlights of my equine career. I've shown at the local level and love competitive trail, but now I mostly spend my days hanging out at the barn with my boys.Nancy as a SmartPaker: As part of the Fulfillment team, I primarily work on building orders for our store in Natick, our facility in Reno, and most of the large trade shows we attend. I am also the Donations Coordinator, and enjoy being able to help those in need. No matter what I'm working on, each day is a chance to learn and grow, and I love being a part of this great company!
All about Curley: I met Curley when he was a green broke 2-year-old at the barn I grew up at. He was beyond my skill level the first time we were paired up, but over time we became a team. We have been through many great adventures over the last 27 years. Whether it's in the ring, on the trails, at the barn, or far from home, he's been with me every step of the way. He's unlike any horse I've ever met and is quite unique. I had never heard of his breed before I met him, so when my trainer told me what he was, I thought he made it up! He is multi-talented in many disciplines, survived a broken leg fifteen years ago, and is a total free spirit who knows me better than anyone.
All about Arizona: Z was one of my wrangler horses at the ranch, though I met him years before that when I was a guest. Our first meeting didn't go so well, but he soon taught me that first impressions aren't always the ones that matter. He was my go-to horse there because he was always so calm and laid back, and could handle any situation fearlessly. He's still that way. When the opportunity arose to take him home with me, I jumped at the chance and haven't looked back since. He's a total marshmallow (though he likes to pretend he isn't!) and is enjoying retirement – as long as he gets to still go on the trails occasionally!
SmartPaker:Casey from Marketing
Horse:Bolero, Oldenburg/Belgian cross gelding
Casey as a rider:I was a bit late to the game in that I didn't start riding until college. Not long after I was introduced to natural horsemanship by a friend, and it just spoke to me. These days my goals are to eventually achieve my Parelli Level 4 certification, be progressive with my horsemanship, and to have fun!Casey as a SmartPaker: As a Product Manager, I have the privilege of being responsible for new product development at SmartPak. I absolutely love my job, and the best part is hearing from riders how products we've developed have helped them take the best care of their horse. It's incredibly rewarding!
All about Bolero: What can I say, Bolero is my absolute dream horse! He's an Oldenburg/Belgian cross, and he makes me laugh every day. He's athletic with an amazing attitude, and I'm looking forward to mixing it up with some dressage, jumping, trail riding, and the occasional hunter pace. We have fun doing pretty much anything!
We know you have horse health questions, and we want to help! Each month, SmartPaker Sarah and Dr. Lydia Gray, SmartPak’s Staff Veterinarian and Medical Director, will answer questions submitted by you – our loyal subscribers, followers, fans, and friends!...