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CNER United States Pony Club Dressage Rally - May 11, 2019

Our very first ever PC rally was this past Saturday at Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, MA. It kind of cracks me up that I joined PC for the express purpose of access to more jumping instruction opportunities, and my first mounted experience is a dressage rally hahaha.  

But honestly, it was so much fun.  Maybe it is because I am so used to showing alone or maybe because I love the show prep and set up just as much (if not more) than the actual riding, but competing in a PC rally is now one of my most favorite experiences.  And I cannot wait to do more!  I think the only thing different for this show was having to label EVERYTHING with my name.  Otherwise, my show prep was just the same as normal.

Sadly, our original team of four riders ended up dwindling to just two, as one young rider ended up sick with a 103 fever and a barn was quarantined because of a horse with EHV-4 so none of the PC members from that large boarding barn could attend. Therefore, my remaining teammate and I were split …

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

AareneX said…
Always good to hear about good customer service--and the leather is beautiful!
Jessica said…
I've also had really great customer service from them, and I'm pretty happy with my bridle as well.