NEW Wintec Saddles Have Arrived!

We are thrilled to announce the arrival of the brand NEW Wintec Lite Saddles! These saddles offer the ultimate in horse and rider comfort!

They feature:

CAIR Cushion System

Hi-Tech, durable, waterproof and easy materials that are soft and comfortable

They are half the weight of a traditional leather saddle

They come with the option to customize your saddle with a removable cantle

Ultra Soft Panel Lining

Check out THIS VIDEO to see more about these revolutionary saddles!

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Impromptu Sale!!!

In honor of Sharon, Vermont getting the most amount of snow at 26 inches, we are having an impromptu in store sale this Friday and Saturday! All Winter inventory and in stock items will be 26% off with specials up to 70% off! Come celebrate  with us this Friday and Saturday and enjoy the journey!

Store Hours: Fri., 11:00am – 5:00pm and Sat. 10:00am – 4:00pm
We look forward to seeing everyone!

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NEW Back On Track Products!

We are thrilled to announce that we are now carrying  Back On Track Products, from exercise sheets, to blankets, to saddle pads, and much more! Back on Track sheets and blankets are unique because they offer therapeutic remedies for horses. They have been strategically designed to provide heat radiation, which allows for blood circulation.  Back On Track products benefit all types of horses, from upper level event horses, to race horses, and all disciplines in-between! For more specific information on Back On Track products, as well as the positive effects these products will have on your horse, click here

 
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Anniversary SALE!!

Anniversary Sale…A THREE DAY SALE!!

Thurs, Feb 20th 11am-7pm

Fri, Feb. 21st 11am-5pm

Sat. Feb 22nd, 10am-4pm

We are cleaning house in order to do a store makeover! Huge Savings! Help us clear our shelves so we can make space for NEW products and a new look as we celebrate our 20th Year!!!! Come in for savings, prizes and drawings!

Blanket Blowout 30-50% off; Girths and Reins 40-60% off; Winter Clothing 30-50% off; Gift with purchase of NEW Sanita clogs! New Stubben Bits! Back On Track Products! KL Bridle & Red Barn Specials

Everything on SALE–Storewide!!

 

 

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Holiday Hours!

Happy Holidays everyone!

Store hours during the holidays are:

Saturday 21st, 10am-4pm
Monday 23rd 11am-4pm
Tuesday Christmas Eve 11am-2pm
CLOSED 25th and 26th
Friday 27th 11am-5pm
Saturday 28th 10am-4pm

Closed Tues 31st, and Wed Jan 1st

Dont forget we have Gift Certificates available on the site!

 

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Dec 7th! Holiday Sale!

Come join us on Dec 7th! Open house 10-4!  Holiday Cheer and Chocolate and Savings!holiday cheer

Music by Beth Telford

new items have arrived!  Great gifts big and small!

Spend the day shopping in Strafford–at the Holiday craft fair at Barrett Hall and at Agatha’s

FILL out a WISH LIST–and help others shop for you!

And the DRAWING for the WINTEC Isabell Dressage Saddle will be held at the end of the day.  Buy tickets here on the site or at the shop!  Need not be present to win!

Cyber Monday!!!

Yay it’s Cyber Monday, which means we are offering 20% off all products and free shipping!!! Use this coupon code when placing any online order: Cyber Monday

Shop away!

Open Road SALE and RAFFLE Nov 16th!

For everyone who has entered our raffle, or wants to enter our raffle….the drawing will be held at an open house on Dec. 7th.  Need not be present to win.

OPEN ROAD RAFFLE
Enter to Win a Weatherbeeta Wave Quilt
And
WINTEC ISABELL Raffle: $1 a chance to Win a SADDLE

* 264 Route 132, South Strafford, VT 05070 * 802.765.4485 *
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Ice Vibe: Perils of Eventing and benefit of Circulation Therapy

The Perils of Eventing and the benefits of Circulation Therapy:ice vibe boot

One case study of the Ice Vibe

 

Eventer Caitlin Romeo and her horse Spirit of the Outback will be giving us feedback about the Ice Vibe, the circulation therapy boot by Horseware Ireland. The Ice Vibe combines cold therapy with vibration in order to reduce soreness and swelling in the leg.  Hometown rider Caitlin has been competing Jake at the Intermediate level and Advanced level.  The incredible stress on the horse at this level requires a lot of care and attention.  At Strafford Saddlery, we have cheered Caitlin on as she pursued her dream and we thought the Ice Vibe might help Jake repair and prepare to compete at this very demanding level. Through a series of blogs we will monitor the effects of the Ice Vibe.

Caitlin Romeo grew up right down the road from Strafford Saddlery in Sharon, Vermont.  She graduated from Vermont Technical College with a degree in Business Administration and after working with area event trainers through her school years, she had the knowledge and training to pursue her dream of riding at the highest level of the sport. She is now training out of Southern Pines, NC.

 

Among the horses in her stable is Spirit of the Outback. Spirit of the Outback (Jake) is a 17.3hh 1999 IDxTB gelding who hasIMG_2029 competed through the Advanced level. Jake and I have represented Area 1 at the 2008 NAJYRC at the CCI** level. Competing at this level is not without damage. In 2008, following the young rider Championships in Colorado, Jake had a core lesion all the way down in his superficial right flexor tendon, while rehabbing from his bowed tendon Jake also had an OCD chip removed from his left hock.

Jake came back from the tendon and the surgery and spent some time doing jumpers, and then he and Caitlin resumed eventing with great success. Winners of the 2007 Bromont Todd Sandler Challenge CIC** and fourth at the 2007 Fair Hill CIC**, Caitlin took Jake one event at a time and set goals according to how well he performed. Jake’s had multiple horse trial wins at the Intermediate level with the most current one at the 2013 February Pine Top HT in GA, they were on track to qualify for a Three-star. In order to qualify for a CCI*** and the pair needed one CIC3* and one CCI2*. So next stop was Plantation Horse Trials.

Jake fall PHTWe all know the precarious nature of horses and horse sports and unfortunately at 2013 Plantation jake fall PHTCIC*** Jake and Caitlin had sustained a fall at the water complex on cross country resulting in Jake becoming sore where his right cannon bone and knee cap meet.

“We had drained Jakes knee and then injected it hoping to keep the fluid down but unfortunately that did not work. We have tried icing and poulticing his knee which has not brought down any swelling,” says Caitlin.  But he was sound and continued to go well under saddle.

Jake passed the vet check for Fair Hill, a qualifier for the Three Star. In a field of sixty- six, Jake and Caitlin held their ownwith a dressage test score of 50.5 which put the pair in 18th place. A strong performer on cross-country, the pair took to a very challenging couse in which less than half the division went clean. Unfortunately the pair had a stop, but completed the course. He came off the course sound but it turned out he had sustained major trauma to his right superficial tendon with the core lesion extending up towards his carpal canal on Cross Country but did not show any signs of injury until resting in his stall.

Jakes knee still remains large even more so now because he has a standing wrap on that leg for the tendon so it’s holding all the fluid in his knee.

So now the rehabilitation begins for Jake. Caitlin will use the Ice Vibe and we will see what it will do and how it will help in Jakes rehabilitation. My goals for Jake are to get him fully rehabbed and sound for a Young Rider to be able to gain experience at the lower levels of eventing or jumpers.

Kylie in Ireland: The Start of the Season

Kylie and Sacremento the week before the event

Kylie’s Start to the Irish Event Season

 

Newly married and fresh off a three month extended ‘vacation’ working in Wellington for the winter, I arrived back in Ireland

Kylie and Sacremento the week before the event

Kylie and Sacramento the week before the event

eager to get back to my own horses and put to use a few new tools I had hopefully learned watching some of the best in the world. Working in Wellington even for a short time was an opportunity to venture into a different world no matter how temporarily. Just being at the shows and watching idols off the television like Laura Kraut, Beezie Madden and Nick Skelton warm up in the practice ring just like every other person was a lesson in itself.

In Florida I had plenty of time in the evenings to daydream about the coming season for my own horse, and the others I had left behind on holiday. Donnacha kept my own six year old, Rio, going over the winter, and he really benefited from a small amount of consistent work and piles of food. I bought him last year as a weak, green five year old and still can’t believe the horse he’s turned into with time. Sacramento, who did his first preliminary events at the end of last year, benefited from a couple months out in the field with the young horses. He came in a happy fur-ball and unlike Rio, needed a diet and came back healthy but a bit more svelte! The other horses spent their holidays living out on the land, and enjoyed a well-deserved break.

Rio was the first out to compete this season at Monart. He had been to a few shows last year jumping but it was the first event of his career. He put in a steady and consistent first test and show jumped clear around a straightforward but decent sized track. The rotten winter left us short on cross-country schooling, and although he was quite green on cross country he definitely left the event a different horse with plenty learned.

Next up was Lisgarvan and I had three horses for their first event of the year, and Rio for his second outing where he went out on cross country a new horse and much more sure of his job. He was not the least bit tired however and there was plenty of snorting in the dressage warm up!

The format here at events is entirely different and maybe simpler in the long run, but takes a little getting used too, especially with multiple rides. All events are run as one-days, and each horse is given a time for dressage, but no times for show jumping or cross country. After your test you switch tack and head off to show jump, and then the cross-country follows starting mid-day in numerical order. The day is fairly fast paced with horses out of the box nearly every minute. It’s not uncommon to see some of the green horses that had an issue at a tricky fence grabbing a lead from the horse coming up behind them and nearly running as a pair! The days seem to run amazingly smooth and orderly all the same, and many of the events have close to 300 entries and rarely a dressage test before 9 am. Not so bad!

Sacramento, who belongs to Siliva Hoffstetter, started the season at Lisgarvan, finishing second on his dressage score in the Novice (Preliminary) division. He won his last outing in 2012 and has been one of those absolute gentleman you can always count on, he’s also a freak that has no idea he just started eventing last year. Unfortunately (for me) he’s offered for sale, and I imagine he won’t be around long if he keeps going in the same form. He now has six events under his belt and all without a show jumping or cross country fault.

After our local event at Lisgarvan Sacramento and I headed to Ballendenisk in Co. Cork for his first CIC* where he again showed what a consistent horse he is, placing 5th in a field of nearly fifty horses, with a dressage score of 48 and one of a handful of clear show jumping rounds around a tough track. He had a quick trip around the cross-country in the mud and again was a straightforward gentleman at all the questions, though not a huge fan of the ground! It was my first FEI event here in Ireland and there were a few differences in the format but it was one of the most relaxed and fun events I have been to. There was no trot up for the CIC horses, and they also did not have to be stabled on grounds which obviously saves on expense and a huge convenience. Beyond that, it was also only two days with the dressage and show jumping on the first day and cross country on the last. There were a few top riders over from England for the CIC*** and other CIC/CCI classes so there was plenty to watch.

Also starting the year in good order is Barbara Hatton’s Slyguff Golden Ambition, or Marty. He also is seven this year, with even less mileage than Sacramento had last year without even show jumping experience before last year and now has three Novices (Preliminaries) under his belt. His dressage has been steady progress from last year, he has all the movement and ability, he just needs time and is improving with every event. He is also a very careful horse in the show jumping and has learned to jump more within himself, last year he had the most incredible hind end that was quite the jump to stay with at times! As he’s less experienced in the ways of the world I held off on taking him to Ballendenisk as we had to enter so early. He instead went last weekend to another one day event in Cork. He had an even better test though still not quite competitive enough yet. He had a clear show jumping round over a course that caused more than it’s share of trouble, and flew around the cross-country without any hassle.  He had finished 8th at his first event at Lisgarvan with a bit of time, and then was 11th in a field of 40 last weekend on his dressage score.

This Sunday will be a week off from eventing, and tomorrow I head off show jumping with Donnacha. Next Sunday will be another local event in Gowran in Co. Kilkenny, only 20 minutes away and one I really enjoyed last fall. Starting last week I have begun teaching the Co. Carlow Pony Clubbers on Tuesday nights which was another fun time and nice change of pace. For other new adventures this week, last night I made my first drive to the absolute west of Ireland to Kilkee in Co. Clare. Donnacha delivered two mares to a new stallion and I look forward to going to collect them in the daylight so I can see more of the country than just pitch black roadway. We left home at 7 pm after feeding, arrived in Kilkee at 11 pm, unloaded the mares, had tea with the wonderful stallion owner, and hit the road to arrive home at 3 am, only in Ireland!

Strafford Saddlery is the preeminent horse tack shop in Vermont. Stocked with an abundance horse tack supplies, Strafford Saddlery and our online horse tack shop is the one-stop source for all of your horse equipment needs. Finding the proper saddle is one of the most important investments that you can make in horse riding. We sell an assortment of different new and used saddles, stocking Bates and Barnsby Jump and dressage Saddles. Find the perfect one for you and your beloved horse. Our experienced staff can help with proper fit and all saddles available to test ride. Wide range of breeches, boots and turnout blankets. The optimal fit for your riding breeches will not only leave you looking stylish, improve performance, and increase comfort. We offer three styles of Tredstep tall boots. Our horse blankets come in an array of different colors, sizes, designs and thickness levels. Breathable and waterproof Horseware Ireland turnout blankets will keep your horse cozy, clean and fashionable. Take advantage of the excellent sale prices we currently have on our riding breeches and horse blankets! Strafford Saddlery takes tremendous pride in our customer service and we know our products. We strive to help our customers find all their needed equestrian supplies in Vermont. Horses are our passion and we love to help other horse enthusiasts find the equipment needed to keep their horse healthy and in top shape. If you have any questions about our products or how to find the right fit, please contact us.