Michelle Klasing owns ABRT and has extensive knowledge in different disciplines since childhood. She rode Hunter Jumpers growing up then Read more...
Kimberly Stephenson fell in love with horses when she first sat on one as a toddler. She started out with a pony when she was 8 years Read more...
Year of the Horse is Nearly Over...
Written by Michelle
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:00
As this year draws to a close I like to sum up the year at ABRT for all my friends that have shopped with us in 2014. I appreciate all of your business and support more than you know.
We have been open 6 years now and that may seem like we are "golden" but every year is a learning experience. I am still trying to balance inventory with demand and always adding new vendors to keep up with new products and fads. In this new age of technology I have a lot of competition to compete with, but one thing to keep in mind as a consumer is that having a store where you can try things on , see actual colors, feel the quality of products and have knowledgeable staff that ride in your community is something that technology can never replace, and I always stress to shop local because it helps our community in so many ways, and keeps our tax money in Alabama for our better quality of life.
ABRT added a new trailer in October that we are very excited about. We introduced it to the fall AHJA shows and some combined training events in Georgia. It was so much easier for customers to shop and easier for us to load. We are looking forward to pulling it in 2015 to the shows and having our customers enjoy the new look and feel it brings to shopping at shows.
We also experienced staff changes this year. ABRT said goodbye to two employees that had been there for 4 years. Kimberly and Frankie stepped up to the plate and took on more responsibility. They are such an asset to the store and I cannot say enough great things about their friendship and help. They both are hard workers, great with customers and very knowledgeable! God definitely "opened a window".
We also were able to give back to the community in many ways and it feels so good to give back. There are some new theraputic programs that we donated helmets to for their students, we gave $1000.00 to Devyn Schranz for the Emily Parker St. John scholarship, ABRT sends money every year to Jimmy Hale for Thanksgiving and we donated money and merchandise to various clubs, schools and programs to help them raise awareness for their causes. This is an important part of owning a business to me, as I feel it is so important to support the community that fosters my growth.
I have experienced changes in my riding as well. I changed trainers in June and we all know as riders that can be a tough adjustment. In my case it has been one of the best decisions I've made in a long time for my horses and my riding education. I achieved one of my biggest riding goals in September by getting my silver medal in dressage in just 2 shows! Also, my young home grown young horse I'd excelling in his training and going to show at 2nd level this spring. All of these are very exciting for me and further my expertise as a rider and tack shop owner.
I hope everyone has a great year in 2015, good health for you and your loved ones, reach your riding goals and just have fun and enjoy life.
Come shop with us this year, give us a chance to help you with your riding needs, meet the amazing ABRT staff and support your local community!
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 17:15
Here We Grow Again!
Written by Michelle
Wednesday, 08 October 2014 00:00
ABRT is growing again!! We were feeling a little cramped on the road, so we've purchased a bigger trailer. When ABRT started out we had a horse trailer that we would load up with merchandise, and then set up under a tent at the show, then we moved to our little blue trailer loaded to the gills. It's going to be a nice addition to our continued attention to great customer service by providing easy shopping with convenience. We are hoping to have it out by the AHJA year end show and some of the Georgia Combined training events. Come by and give it a look!!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:35
Update from the 2014 Emily Parker St. John scholarship Winner!
Written by Administrator
Monday, 06 October 2014 17:40
Hi! I just wanted to give a quick update and say thank you again for allowing me to receive the Emily Parker St. John scholarship. Tate and I have had a busy last few months! The scholarship has made it possible to continue training and to compete in several local and out of state schooling shows. We competed in the Longview hunter/jumper show this summer, the Spring Creek CT/dressage show in September along with the UA Eventing team's CT/dressage show in September as well. We are continuing to work at the Beginner Novice level, and have done well so far. This past weekend we were able to compete at Poplar Place Farm in Beginner Novice 3 phase and we had a great weekend. We actually had our best dressage score to date and were placed first out of nine competitors after dressage and stadium jumping. Some time penalties in cross country kept us from winning the blue ribbon, but what we learned was invaluable. We are looking forward to going back to Poplar Place Farm in the next 2 weeks and then hopefully our first horse trials there on November 8th! All of this experience and training really could not be possible without the help of the Emily Parker St. John scholarship. Thank you so much again! What an honor it was to receive. We will continue to work hard and hopefully represent Emily's name well this year.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 15:21
A Silver Lining
Written by Michelle
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00
I recently put the “silver lining” into my dressage riding, by earning my USDF silver medal. This was a very important milestone for me in my riding. I earned my Bronze in 2011. The trials and tribulations have been many in the 2 years since earning my Bronze. My horse, Claudius, who is now 19yo was the horse that took me to my goal. I purchased him as a 16yo from a professional who wanted him to have a lighter workload, semi retirement life. I was overjoyed to own a horse that had all of the knowledge that he held. It was a different ball game at the PSG level as the movements came faster and were more complex. I did not even know how to do a lead a change when I bought him, and now I had to do a line of 4’s and 3’s. My biggest challenge was the line of 4’s, they just don’t feel rhythmic to me. The few times that I felt ready to try a show, Claudius would get an injury that would take us out of competition and would endure months of recovery.
I never felt like it was 100% together but that I needed to get in the ring and do it so that I could see where the holes were. That’s what happened in March of 2014 but one week before the show he got a strain and we had to pull out. I then had his injury to rehab and I changed trainers in June. I just knew that we were going to get waylaid again trying to get used to the new trainer.
I feel like everything happens for a reason, and the changes that happened in my life at this point were positive ones. The new trainer was Christy Scotch. Christy understood the importance of keeping Claudius sound and giving me confidence and the skills I needed to do the PSG test. She had me walking hills to build up his stamina without wear and tear on his joints, and had GREAT exercises that got him on my aids and activated without constant drilling for results. I always had homework, but was never riding him longer than 30 minutes. He felt great and was performing better than he ever had before!!
In 21/2 months time I was ready to make my PSG debut. I entered Poplar Place Dressage show in Hamilton, Ga. because I love the footing and the facility; it’s a comfortable place for me. The judge was Lilo Fore and she had just returned from the WEG. Christy said to ride the best test I could when I’m in the ring. Claudius was fabulous and we scored a 62%. I was elated. The first time for me was so scary, I didn’t know what to expect. We did ride again Sunday but did not get a score toward my silver.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 September 2014 16:41
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Alabama Blue Ribbon Tack carries a product called Horse Quencher and it is GREAT!!! This product has been highly recommended by the vets at Coosa Valley Equine in Pell City, Al. I tried the product at my farm with my 18yo warmblood and a 4yo TB. They both had not been drinking well with the cooler weather. Amazing results!!! My 18yo drinks it up and eats the grainy leftovers on the bottom, he loves it, and his bucket is bone dry in the morning.
The TB also drinks a bucket by morning. I have 2 buckets hanging with water but only one with horse quencher. The consistency of Horse Quencher will surprise you. The product looks like grain and it taste pretty good (yes, I tasted it). I assume it must be like “horse tea” to them.
Alabama Blue Ribbon Tack keeps the 20LB bucket in stock for $110.00, this will last a long time and keep your horse healthy and happy.
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Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 April 2014 11:47
AHJA Kick Off Show
Written by Administrator
Monday, 14 April 2014 17:43
This years AHJA Kick Off show was held at one of my favorite venues, H&G horse quarters. The weather Friday was a little cold and wet, but luckily we arrived just in time with our insulated winter riding breeches to keep everybody warm!
Things cleared up a little for Saturday as everyone was arriving and getting schooled. Kick Off is always fun because most of the local farms are represented and it’s a joy seeing everyone come together and just enjoy some good quality horse showing. Our biggest hit of the weekend was our new RJ Classics Stretch and Soft Shell riding coats. They are all washable and breathable with great shape and fit. This was an extra special Kick Off because it was our new employee, Karen Tauxe, first horse show with ABRT. She is a familiar face to a lot of people because her daughter, Sadie, rides with the BIET and is a frequent at the local AHJA shows.
We both had a blast and can’t wait to get back on the road! Look for us at Westminster Farms on March 29th!
AND THE WINNER IS!!!! BETTY MEYER... Congratulations...
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April- Free pair of socks with a purchase of $75. Or more
May- 20% off show coats
June- BIG 20% off breeches
July- 50% off summer items
August- yr 7anniversary. Weekly give away
September-15% off strap goods
October-15% off pink items
November-20% off all boots
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September 7th - Closed
November 25th-Close at 12:00
November 26th and 27th-Closed
December 24th-Close at 12:00
December 25th-Janurary 1st-Closed
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MoJo Joint is Here!
ABRTack is now carrying MoJo Joint supplements. Come by today and pick up your 45 day supply.
Mojo is balanced with potent ingredients that have delayed or spread out invasive maintenance measures such as hock injections. Mojo contains 10 anti-inflamatories including Omega 3 and Omega 6's.
Many ingredients are food instead of feed grade, all are balanced quantities making sure your horse receives enough of what they need and not too much of what they do not. All ingredients found in Mojo are natural and legal to show on in the USEF and FEI levels.
AHJA Year End Show
Kimberly and I had the pleasure of taking the ABRT trailer to the Alabama Hunter Jumper Association’s Year End Horse Show. The show was held this year at Auburn Horse Park, which is located at H&G horse quarters in Auburn, AL. Year End is always a great show because we get to see all of our local farms together in one place! This year, in my opinion, was the best turn out yet! We loved being set up close to the barn, because we really felt like a part of the show! We were located just outside the “little ring”, so we had a great view of all the precious ponies! As always the Christmas Breyer, Along with Breyer in general, were GREAT sellers! It was a very chilly weekend, so we also sold a lot of our new Ariat coats!.. And lets not forgot the slinkies to keep those braids in! The ABRT four legged mascots who attended with us, Munchkin and Cat, were also a big hit! Over all it was a very successful weekend! We had lots of fun and can’t wait to see you all when we get back on the road next show season!
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