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ME Morgan Benefit Show - August 10, 2019

I had not been planning to bring Ellie to this show, but an email had gone out to members a few days prior that entries were a bit low.  So in order to support the club, we headed out to Pineland Farm the morning of August 10, for what promised to be a gorgeous summer day!  All photos that I am in were purchased from the show photographer!
I always think these types of shows are going to be fine, but at the end of every single one of them, I always remember why I should stick with dressage and eventing haha.  That is not to say there is anything wrong with open shows or the club that runs them; this is just not the type of showing we do well at because she's not a "show horse".
The show was held at a gorgeous facility that boasts both large indoor and outdoor arenas.  They chose to have the show indoors with warm-up outside, which is fine, but Ellie was not a fan of the indoor.  One corner was open to the large and echo-y storage area where they had set up the secretary…

Lund Saddlery Review

Back at the end of October 2016, I pulled the trigger on ordering a new five point breastplate because I just wasn't thrilled with the way my current breastplate fit Snappy.  It is a Stubben that I bought about six years ago, and while it is overpriced IMHO haha, I saved all that summer to purchase it, because STUBBEN.  

Stubben breastplate not a great fit
I figured a five point would fit her better, yet I wasn't crazy about the HDR or Nunn Finer versions and Stubben doesn't make a five point.  I had seen Lund Saddlery around Facebook and read a few reviews from other bloggers.  It seemed like well made tack for a decent price point, so I ordered it.  

Oddly, enough, though I knew I would have a wait a bit it to arrive...it never did!  I waited...and I waited...and I waited.  Finally in December, I sent an email to Lund and the owner was super apologetic.  Somehow my order had been lost in the shuffle, so he arranged for another one to be shipped.  I finally received it on January 9!  It was worth waiting for though, because I am pleased with the quality.  

The owner of Lund Saddlery was so apologetic that he even offered to send along a matching bridle (what?!) to make up for it.  I assured him that wasn't necessary, because I am aware that things can happen and I am not one to complain.  But he insisted and so we also have a brand new bridle to match!  If that is not the best customer service EVER of ALL TIME, then I don't know what is!

Overall, the English leatherwork (Sedgwick) is outstanding for the price.  All the hardware is stainless and looks to be substantial enough to last.  I admit I am not normally a fan of fancy stitching, but I really love the look of both the breastplate and bridle.  Of course, we have been in the Arctic Freeze for the past few months, so other than fitting both pieces to the mare and riding in them exactly ONCE, I have not put either piece of tack to the test.  I will update my findings later on, once show season begins and I have put hours into the tack. However, I think they both will hold up well and become some of my favorite pieces!

I would definitely recommend checking out Lund Saddlery.  They are a new company, so there is not a ton of tack yet available, but I know he has lots of plans coming along.  I have seen photos of saddle prototypes on Facebook.  Plus, there is a monthly contest to check out and enter! 




It also came with d-savers and a running martingale attachment!

Comments

  1. Always good to hear about good customer service--and the leather is beautiful!

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  2. I've also had really great customer service from them, and I'm pretty happy with my bridle as well.

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