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 Saddlelights.com
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 Roto-Harrow.com.
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 Chaps.com!
...more vendor info in Part Two!!!
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