Michelle Klasing owns ABRT and has extensive knowledge in different disciplines since childhood. She rode Hunter Jumpers growing up then Read more...
Alabama Blue Ribbon Tack is proud to have Rob Moore as a sponsored rider since 2009. Rob is a Dressage rider and instructor, who makes his home in Jemison, Alabama.Read more...
Written by Michelle
Thursday, 27 February 2014 00:00
This February I had the opportunity to ride with Gunnar Ostergaard of Denmark. The setting was at Lyn Davis’ farm in Chelsea, under her superb indoor riding ring. I rode my 19yo schoolmaster Claudius and my trainer Rob Moore rode my 7yo Kite Runner. Claudius and I are preparing for our Prix St. Georges debut this spring. Kite is just beginning to wear a double bridle and learn 3rd level moves. I always go into clinics with high hopes of leaving with new knowledge or having a “light bulb” moment, but often times I am disappointed. I loved Gunnar and his way of teaching for both me as a rider and his sensitivities to the horses needs.
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I worked on PSG moves that I have struggled with and explained that one of my nemeses with Claudius is his insistence to lean on my right rein. Gunnar helped me work through my training issues with Claudius in a way that was simple and effective. He included Rob in his thought processes to make sure that there is continuity in our training. The one thing that stood out was to supple Claudius’ poll by using small corrections to keep him from leaning on any one rein. He also had me use half halts on the right rein during my changes since that is the rein Claudius tends to favor. My changes were great and clean using this method. Gunnar told me that at Claudius age there are some things that won’t change for whatever reason, it may be physical, but that he is for learning and you work with what you have. This was a refreshing way to look at it and helped me quit obsessing.
Kite and Rob worked on bringing Kite up into the double a little more than he had in his training thus far. Kite is a powerful horse with ADD so Rob had to really work to get his focus. He looked great and got some nice power in the trot extensions. Rob left with some good homework for Gunnar next visit to get Kite stronger and working like a “big boy” in his double bridle.
I loved Gunnar, and left with “light bulb” moments, feeling confident about my goals and like my horse was not overworked. He was a positive clinician, and made the riders and their horses better!!! Everyone was pleased and couldn’t wait to ride with him again. I highly recommend auditing or riding with him. Gunnar will return April 5th and 6th.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 01:35
Scholarship Winner Cate Pennington
Written by Administrator
Thursday, 06 February 2014 16:55
The rest of the world seems to slow down to match the rhythmic clog of bell boots when I’m at the barn. It’s the little things like the wisps of freshly brushed through tails and the gentle breaths of hay that I miss the most when I’m sitting in my dorm. Like the typical horse person- I cannot wait to unwind the day at the barn. I cannot wait to be greeted by my special chestnut mare I’ve had since she was a weanling, and I cannot thank the St. John family and Alabama Blue Ribbon Tack enough for selecting me as the recipient of the Emily Parker St. John scholarship in 2013. It has been a great assistance in providing supplies and supplements for my horses as well as being able to school my mare off the farm for the first time.
The encouragement and support it has given me is invaluable. I want to take a minute to in turn offer encouragement to all of this years applicants. Being a young rider takes so much dedication and I know the tension that you have felt that comes along with balancing school, riding, a job, and maybe you’re at a point of making decisions about attending a college. Stay grounded in your love of horses and be inspired each day to learn, grow, respect, and practice this discipline you love. Emily Parker St. John was an inspiration and encourager in my journey.
May God bless each thought and step during these days.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 17:08
The spring merchandise is rolling in and it is going to be fun!!!
Written by Michelle
Thursday, 16 January 2014 16:16
Kerrits has come out with her original black and white hounds tooth tights for 2014. We are awaiting Ariat, Goode Rider, Noble Equine and RJ Classics. The colors this spring are bright and vibrant, and the technical fabrics will keep you cool and comfortable in Alabama’s hot summer sun. You can chose from short sleeve, sleeveless or a cool long sleeve shirt. The RJ stretch show coat has a great feel and its easy to care for, just throw it in the washer and go to your next show!
As usual, the Goode Rider and Ariat spring collection has fun bright colors that will look great at the barn or out with your shorts. The new line, Noble Equine has the cutest tank top in heather and lime and royal blue, don’t miss it. For the Tailored Sportsman fans, she has a new technical top for schooling that is a must have for your TS wardrobe.
Spring merchandise has started arriving and continues through the first of March. As usual the “early bird gets the worm”, or has the greatest selection, shop early!!!
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 January 2014 16:35
2013 a magical year for ABRT
Written by Michelle
Thursday, 02 January 2014 00:00
This was a magical year for ABRT, we have been in business for 5 years. Everyone that has business knowledge tells me that this is a turning point for any business. It has been a great journey and I enjoy owning ABRT so much. I have met so many great people and it has enhanced my knowledge of horses and disciplines.
My staff and I want to thank everyone for their patronage and kind words in 2013. We always love to hear suggestions from our customers that will help us to provide the best service and products for ABRT. I am always learning and will continue to grow ABRT to be a store you can shop with confidence.
Thank you again and remember to shop local and support your community!!
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014 14:20
Drinking water is vital to a horses health.
Written by Administrator
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Drinking water is vital to a horses health. It is so important to their digestion, and helps prevent colic. Horses do not drink as much in the winter and with a diet of dry hay and feed it is important to keep them drinking.
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.
Luther says check out the other holiday items we have and get your holiday treat.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 December 2013 16:57
Kite's First Show
Written by Michelle
Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:00
This November 16th and 17th I rode my 6yo “homegrown” Hanoverian/TB for the first time in a recognized show. This has been a dream of mine since I decided to breed my own dressage prospect back in 2006. It’s a thrill to be on a horse you have breed, raised and started, just getting them through their foal years in one piece is an accomplishment! Kite has shown with his professional trainer at 3 previous shows to get a good experience without his nervous mother aboard, and that has been a good decision. I have also spent the last month working with him with a natural horsemanship trainer to get him used to different obstacles and situations. I think this helped me with my confidence more than anything.
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The RJ Classics Navy washable stretch coat. $239.00
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They are selling like “hot cakes”!!!
New Ariat Boot
New Ariat boot Available Spring 2014. We are taking pre orders.
CARTS IN STOCK!!
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Deluxe Model (shown)-$399.00
Different stains to choose from, and easy assembly.
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BIG BIG SALE!!!!!!
Discontinued, Seasonal, and Odds N’ Ends
40% off or as marked.
Discounts will continue until the merchandise is sold!!!!
Shop early for best selection.
Year of the Horse Sales
March- 15% off new spring shirts
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- 6yr anniversary. Weekly give away
September-15% off strap goods
October-15% off pink items
November-20% off all boots
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Saddles for Sale
17.5 inch Kieffer Saddle - $1000.00
18" inch Custom Saddle - $2200.00
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!
Scheduled Closing Dates
May 26th- Closed
September 1st- Closed
November 26th-Close at 12:00
November 27th and 28th-Closed
December 24th-Close at 12:00
December 25th-Janurary 1st-Closed
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ABRT will no longer be doing CASH returns.
We will be doing exchanges or store credits.
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2013 Emily Parker St. John Memorial Scholarship Winner!
Alabama Blue Ribbon Tack is pleased to announce the 2013 recipient for the Emily Parker St. John Scholarship. Thanks to everyone that submitted an entry, it was not an easy decision to choose from the talented riders. Liz and Bill appreciate everyone's participation in keeping Emily's love for the sport alive.
16" Circle Y Trail Gaiter Endurance saddle. Color Walnut with wire edge tooling, spider borders, 3/4 drooped C rigging, skirt 10" D x 25", with a regular tree. Sheep skin lining with Ergo balance trail stirrups. Come see it today!
Call us (205)444-0240 and let us put you in this saddle.