USHJA Announces SmartPak as Title Sponsor of 2009/2010 Trainers Symposiums

January 20, 2009



Lexington, KY – Leading equestrian company SmartPak™ has signed on as the title sponsor of the 2009 and 2010 USHJA Trainers Symposiums. Founded in 1999, SmartPak is best known for simplifying the administration of nutritional supplements and medications to horses with their patented daily dose SmartPak™ supplement feeding system. The company’s focus on equestrian health coincides nicely with the USHJA’s horse welfare mission.

USHJA President, Bill Moroney, was pleased with SmartPak’s agreement to sponsor the symposiums. “All of us at the USHJA would like to extend a warm welcome to SmartPak and thank them for sponsoring this educational series. SmartPak’s commitment to the horse’s wellbeing compliments the USHJA’s focus on horse welfare. Our organization prides itself on continuously implementing and improving programs to educate our members and SmartPak supports that vision.”

USHJA first introduced the Trainers Symposiums in the fall of 2006 as a means to better educate its members at all levels of the sport. The events give members the opportunity to participate in practical training sessions and round table discussions with top professionals in the industry. The schedule offers three days of hunters, equitation and jumpers, with topics ranging from training exercises to business practices. While the Trainer Symposiums are a required part of the USHJA Trainer Certification Program curriculum, they are open to all who wish to attend.

Colby Balazs, VP of Marketing at SmartPak, is happy to be involved. “SmartPak is delighted to sign on as the title sponsor of the 2009/2010 USHJA Trainers Symposiums. We believe the importance of continuing education is paramount in the equine industry and are proud to support the Symposiums. These events provide a wonderful opportunity for professionals and members to share ideas on training, horse care, business practices and more.”

As the title sponsor for each symposium, SmartPak will provide gift certificates to the USHJA to award to participating members. Those who attend the Trainers Symposiums will be eligible for a drawing to win several $150 SmartPak gift certificates. SmartPak offers a broad line of horse health and riders’ items, dog supplies and equine and canine pharmacy items sold through the company’s catalog and Web site. For more information about SmartPak or to view its products, visit www.SmartPakEquine.com.

About SmartPak Equine
SmartPak Equine was founded in 1999 with the purpose of simplifying the administration of nutritional supplements and medications to horses. The patented SmartPak™ supplement feeding system has been adopted by thousands of barns and horse owners across the country, who value knowing that their supplements will be fed correctly. It has been embraced by riders from all disciplines and all levels, including seven Olympic medalists. In addition to the SmartPak supplement system, the company offers a broad line of horse health and rider items, dog supplies, and equine and canine pharmacy items sold through the company’s catalog and Web site. In 2006, SmartPak was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of the 500 fastest growing private companies for the second straight year and is the only equine company ever named to the list. The company has also been honored with a Best Bosses award presented by Fortune Small Business and Winning Workplaces. SmartPak also operates a retail store in Natick, MA. For more information, visit www.SmartPak.com.

Contact: Rachelle Wilhelm rwilhelm@ushja.org

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