Friday, April 20, 2007

2007 Equine Experience...Part One...

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Friday started at 6 a.m. for me! Once I called TnT to see when they would be arriving, (by 8:30am!) I put some catalogs for our PJ's Corner Gift Shoppe booth together. I still had a few LAPD's (Little Animal Paper Dolls) to staple the label tops on, and then making sure I had the guys arm bands, parking pass and a card key to the motel room, I headed over to the fairgrounds. By this time it was almost 8 a.m. and I would be able to get into the exhibition hall to make sure the booth was ready for the shopping crowds. Since I was set up in the Equine Experience Information Booth, I was right inside the Main Exhibition Hall Front Entrance!
During the weekend, I met the vendors that were closest to the Front Entrance. Directly to my left was Annie who brought in a life size statue of a horse (Saddlelight Sam) that sported the "Saddle Light" that she invented!
Quoting from Annie's brochure pictured here..."I began designing Saddlelights after an incident one very dark evening while
driving home. As I came over a rise on a residential street near my home, something white caught my eye for a moment on the road ahead of me. The white object quickly disappeared and reappeared a few more times. My mind hastily flashed through the possibilities of what it could be.

It brought chills to my spine when I realized my vehicle headlights were reflecting off a white patch on a little girl's pony as she struggled to regain control of her horse in the middle of the street!...It was then I knew I had to create an equine lighting system to safely and effectively advise a motorist of a horse and rider's presence at night. ~Annie ~ Check out her website

Across the aisle from Annie's booth was the Gibbs with their "Roto-Harrow". The inventor's of "the ultimate arena conditioner that levels, floats and breaks clods as it rotates!" Quoting from their brochure, the "Roto-Harrow is Built To Last and is Affordable!" Some of the points that the brochure lists is that there is no need for course teardown, it is ideal in tight areas such as round pens, between jumps, around barrels, etc. It is easy on fence posts because there are no corners on the unit. It has a 3-point hook-up and no PTO is required! The depth is adjustable and is excellent for sliding tracks, race tracks, and dressage courts. And the best part, it is "self cleaning"!! Check out the home of the roto-harrow and the dragster at
Next door to the Gibb's and across from my booth, Dave Thornbury set up his custom chaps booth. His booth looked like you had step into a quaint western store, the only thing missing was a bell on the front door! Complete with counter, stools, measuring tape, viewing mirror and beautiful examples of his work, Dave spent his time measuring men and women for their very own pair of chaps, an art that Dave has accomplished since 1970! For a look at the different styles available. Did you know that the shorter chaps are called chinks? Listed in Dave's brochure, the cutting chaps, English schooling and racetrack chaps, Batwing chaps, Old-Timers chaps, and working chaps round out the selection for you to choose from. Quoting from Dave's brochure..."These will be your chaps. You'll ride in them for a long time...."My chaps are individually made to your measurements and unique specifications. Chaps are made one pair at a time using the fines quality and most appropriate hides for each job. I pay special attention to detail, and use only first-grade leather, trim, zippers, accessories, and workmanship. I think they look good...I know they wear well. I invite you to be the judge." And I invite you to check out Dave's website at Thornbury!

...more vendor info in Part Two!!!

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Sharon Lynne said...

Sounds like some intersting stuff! I think the "Saddle Light" is a very good idea.

I'm glad you had a good spot for your booth!

Kilroy_60 said...

Wow! This was quite something. Love the slideshow.

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Midlife Mom said...

I would feel like a kid in a candy store if I had seen all of those booths! That light invention is wonderful, could save a lot of tragic accidents. I have never been to an equine event that big, would love to go though!!

Rising Rainbow said...

Sounds like you had a great time. I love the roto-harrow, a number of facilities in my area use it.

Naomi said...

I enjoyed watching the slide show Janey. I felt like I was really there at the show. The saddle light sounds like a really good idea.

Callie said...

Oh I'd a had a blast at that show. This is a great post. The saddle light is a great idea.

kelly said...

This was a cool post! I like the saddle light :) I recently discovered your blog and have been enjoying reading it. I added you to my blogroll at
Keep up the great work!


Janey Loree said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by! There may not be any pictures in part two! The only pictures I had time to get of TnT and their horses blurred real bad... :( If I get any pictures from the event photographer, I will share them with you!!

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