SmartPak Expands Popular Rewards Program

Even more horse owners are now eligible for SmartPak’s exclusive SmartPerks benefits!

PLYMOUTH, MA – July 31, 2017 – SmartPak is excited to announce that even more horse owners are now eligible for their popular exclusive SmartPerks benefits, including free shipping on any order, any time. Now, horse owners who put supplement buckets and bags on AutoShip are eligible for the free benefits.

From joint health to hoof health and beyond, supplements work best when they’re fed consistently. After all, your horse’s joints are under stress every day, even when they’re not working hard. And your horse is constantly, slowly growing new hoof wall, which needs proper nutrition to provide a solid foundation. Smart riders choose AutoShip when ordering their horse’s supplements because they know it’s the easiest way to ensure that their horses never miss a dose of their supplements.

AutoShip is the smart subscription service that puts your supplements on auto-pilot, saving you time and stress while helping you take great care of the horses you love. “SmartPerks has been a huge hit with SmartPaks subscribers since we introduced it last year,” said Sarah Mann, Vice President of Brand and Customer Experience at SmartPak. “Now we’re excited to expand the program to customers who put buckets and bags on AutoShip because they’re also taking great care of their horses by ensuring their horse never runs out of his or her supplements.”

SmartPak understands that commitment can be scary, so they don’t ask for one! The company is proud to offer an AutoShip program that’s easy, hassle-free, and rewards you for taking great care of your horse. You can change your supplements, payment details, and delivery information as often as you’d like. And you don’t just have to take SmartPak’s word for it – horse owners like you are raving about it, too:

“I highly recommend SmartPak for anyone looking for supplements. Great prices and shipping options. AutoShip also ensures my horse is on an uninterrupted feed schedule!” — Emily C. from West Branch, MI

As if taking the best care of your horse and getting free SmartPerks isn’t enough of a reward, you can also save 5% on hundreds of supplements when you put a bucket or bag on AutoShip! Your subscription also gets you FREE SmartPerks benefits, including free shipping on any order, anytime when you have an AutoShip supplement order over $40, as well as 10% off all SmartPak brand tack, apparel, blankets, and more! SmartPerks customers also get exclusive sales and discounts delivered straight to their email inboxes, as well as the annual Team SmartPak calendar.

To learn more about the AutoShip program, or to get your horse started on a supplement program today, visit or call 1-800-461-8898 and speak to a renowned SmartPak Supplement Expert.

About SmartPak

From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness. With the success of this simple and convenient feeding system, SmartPak has continued to expand its offering of quality products, including its own line of more than 55 supplement formulas called SmartSupplements, and a wide variety of tack, equipment, and supplies. The company has grown rapidly each year and is now the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States. SmartPak’s success has been powered by a passion for delivering an unbeatable customer experience, and the company has been recognized with a Bizrate Circle of Excellence award seven years in a row, as well as receiving an “Elite” rating from STELLAService. A nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list.

Contact: Kelcie Griffith, 774-773-1112 or


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Legends, Volume 9: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares

Legends_9_cover.Front3.31.2017Fort Worth, Texas. (July 31, 2017)  At last—another volume in Western Horseman’s popular series of Legends books! Legends, Volume 9 continues in the fine tradition of the previous eight volumes, recognizing and celebrating influential mares and stallions in the stock-horse industry.

This new volume chronicles the lives of 20 excep­tional Quarter Horses and the people affecting these horses’ lives. Here are just a few of the engaging details to be found in Legends, Volume 9.

  • To this day no one knows for sure why Millie Vessels bid on—and bought—First Down Dash.
  • Smart Chic Olena is the only horse to have won American Quarter Horse Association world titles in both cutting and reining.
  • His sire, Smart Little Lena, was first to claim the National Cutting Horse Association’s Triple Crown.
  • Multimillion-dollar sire Topsail Whiz, the son of a million-dollar sire, has sired million-dollar-sire sons — five of them.
  • Zips Chocolate Chip had a most unique marketing campaign and his own “Mini-Chip” next door.
  • The Ole Man, known as the “Energizer® Bunny” of equine sires, bred true in multiple ways, siring racehorses and halter and performance winners.
  • Goldseeker Bars is the only AQHA Supreme Champion to have sired another Supreme Champion.
  • Tanquery Gin’s name remains on his stall at the Four Sixes Ranch.

As always, each Legends, Volume 9, chapter includes the featured horse’s four-generation pedigree; photographs; halter, performance and race summary; and progeny record.

Paperback, 8 ½ x 11 inches, 256 pages, about 200 color photographs, $24.95. To order Legends, Volume 9, product #106, call 800-874-6774 or visit

Western Horseman, established in 1936, is a monthly magazine covering ranching, western horsemanship, rodeo and equine events, and cowboy culture. The magazine is a member of the Morris Media Network Equine Group, which includes Barrel Horse News, Equine Journal, Quarter Horse News, and Morris Media Network Equine Group is owned by Morris Communications, a Georgia-based media company.

Fran D. Smith


2018 European Affiliate Championships Update

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – July 26, 2017 – In 2017, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) European Council made the decision to move the qualification timeline for the 2018 European Affiliate Championships to a calendar year.

The qualification timeline now runs January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. When asked about the new qualification period, Samantha Oldfield had this to say: “Riders who have shown since January of 2017 may have already contributed to their qualification for the 2018 European Championships, which will be held during one of Europe’s most prestigious events, the 2018 European Futurity.”

After much discussion, the Council opted for this decision as it works better with the new location of the European Affiliate Championships, which will now be held in conjunction with the 2018 European Futurity in Cremona, Italy. The European Council is excited to merge the two worlds together of aged events and ancillary riders. They hope that the camaraderie, support and sportsmanship from both sides will create a successful and fun environment for all who are attend.

This event and the conditions that go along with it were given much consideration, and even now as the Council meets they are discussing ways to make the event inviting, obtainable, and one of the most successful in Europe. Through several Council meetings the conditions were finalized, and the standings for each European Affiliate have been updated to reflect the current status of riders. Please review the new conditions and the current standings by visiting and going to the International section.

For questions in regard to the standings, conditions, or the current location of the European Affiliate Championships, please contact Samantha Oldfield at or Lauren Rufo at We look forward to seeing you all there!

Youth at NRHA Derby

Youth at NRHA Derby

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – July 21, 2017 – Members of the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) from around the country participated in events held just for them during the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby.

The events kicked off with the youth daily activities. Youth members met each day to create a craft, play bingo, make new friends, and even compete in a scavenger hunt.

NRHyA members put their speaking skills to the test on Wednesday, June 28, as competitors came to talk their way to the top in the NRHyA Cinch Speaking Contest. Competitors had the choice of entering three different categories including A. General, Prepared Public Speaking, and a Community Service Presentation. Categories are divided in to two different age groups. The placings were:

A: General – 13 & Under

  1. Bailey Hatfield
  2. Reed Harris

A: General – 14 to 18

  1. Reagan Stephens
  2. Grace Wilson
  3. Amber Edmonds

Prepared Public Speaking – 13 & Under:

  1. Reed Harris
  2. Bailey Hatfield

Prepared Public Speaking – 14 to 18:

  1. Reagan Stephens
  2. Amber Edmonds

Community Service Presentation – 13 & Under:

  1. Reed Harris

Community Service Presentation – 14 to 18:

  1. Reagan Stephens

All week-long exhibitors and fans could stop by and vote for their favorite entries in the NRHyA Art & Photo Contest. Much like the speaking contest, youth members could enter in three different categories which are divided in to two different age groups. The results are as follows:

Photography 13 & Under Champion: ‘Horseshoe’ by Reis Navaro

13 & Under Artwork Champion: ‘Western Horse’ by Campbell McLeod

14 – 18 Artwork Champion: ‘Wild Hearts’ by Toni Lynn Cline

Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere. 

Media Contact:
Hayley Eberle
Manager of Marketing & Outreach
National Reining Horse Association
(405) 946-7400 x 103


National #MeetAHorse Day and Pledge to Kick-Off on July 22nd

Combined, the two Time to Ride events will introduce even more new people to horses than ever before.  

July 20, 2017, Georgetown, Texas – Time to Ride’s second annual Pledge to Take a Friend Riding sweepstakes will launch on National Meet a Horse Day, Saturday, July 22nd! Each initiative encourages the horse community to introduce new people to horses, and expose them to the benefits associated with horse-related activities. The best part of both of these events? The chance to win big!

National Meet a Horse Day offers beginner-friendly events held by participating Time to Ride Challenge hosts – stables, clubs, and other horse professionals – across the United States. These hosts work diligently all summer long to host events at which new people can meet horses, learn more about getting involved, and sign up for horse activities. Their efforts throughout the summer are a part of their effort to win their share of $100,000 in cash and prizes in the Time to Ride Challenge.

While the Challenge is geared toward horse professionals, the Pledge to Take a Friend Riding sweepstakes invites amateur owners, riders, and equestrians of all backgrounds across the country to join the Time to Ride movement by introducing  friends and family, who aren’t currently involved with horses, to the benefits of horse activities. The winner of the sweepstakes will receive a Horse Crazy Trip for two to Lexington, Kentucky, including participation for one in a clinic with Dan James from Double Dan Horsemanship. To enter, simply pledge to take a friend riding.* The sweepstakes runs through September 16, 2017.

National Meet a Horse Day will celebrate and welcome new horse enthusiasts and the creation of more horse-human relationships. Horse professionals nationwide have created beginner friendly events with aspirations to introduce their local community to the benefits of interacting with horses. The fourth Saturday in July delivers the perks associated with the height of summer- great weather, more free time for new activities, and the approaching return to school, making this an opportune time to meet horses and attend a National Meet a Horse Day event.

“The decision to kick-off both the Pledge and National Meet a Horse Day on July 22nd came from our goal to include both Challenge hosts and the general public in the effort to increase participation in the equine community,” says Christie Schulte, Marketing Manager. “It only makes sense to unite all of us toward the same purpose. We wanted to reward our hosts, who are doing a fantastic job in the Challenge, as well as the average equestrian looking to share their passion with their loved ones. It’s a win-win for everyone!”

Equestrian celebrities including Al Dunning are also taking the Pledge: “Introducing new people to riding means more people will enjoy our horses, our sport, and make for a healthy future of the horse industry,” says Dunning.  Dan James voiced his support: “I love sharing horsemanship with new riders and helping them view the sport as something everyone can take part in and enjoy!”

Since 2014, the Challenge alone has introduced 100,000 new people to the benefits of horses. These newcomers are becoming the next generation of riders, owners, members, clients, and participants in the horse industry. The Challenge runs through September 30th, and registration is free and open throughout. To learn more about the Pledge, visit Please visit the website or contact for questions.

*No purchase necessary. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., age 18 or older. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Sweepstakes ends at 5:00 p.m. ET on September 16, 2017. For full official rules and to enter, visit  Sponsored by American Horse Council dba Time to Ride, 1616 H Street NW, 7th Floor, Washington, DC 20006.

The American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance

Time to Ride is an initiative of the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance, formed to connect people with horses. It is designed to encourage horse-interested consumers to enjoy the benefits of horse activities. The AHC Marketing Alliance is made up of the following organizations: American Association of Equine Practitioners, Active Interest Media, American Quarter Horse Association, Farnam, Merck, Boehringer Ingelheim, Morris Media Network Equine Group, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, Platinum Performance, The Right Horse Initiative, US Equestrian, and Zoetis. Program Partners are Absorbine, American Paint Horse Association, ASPCA, Equibrand, National Reining Horse Association, Lumina Media, America’s Mustang Campaign, and Colorado State University Equine Sciences Program.

About the American Horse Council

The American Horse Council is a non-profit organization that includes all segments of the horse industry. While its primary mission is to represent the industry before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies in Washington, DC, it also undertakes national initiatives for the horse industry. Time to Ride, the AHC’s Marketing Alliance to connect horses and people, is such an effort. The American Horse Council hopes that Time to Ride will encourage people and businesses to participate in the industry, enjoy our horses, and support our equine activities and events. The AHC believes a healthy horse industry contributes to the health of Americans and America in many ways.

Contact: Christie Schulte, or 512-591-7811


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