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About our new SPONSOR!, The Painted Trout (I know, right)

Posted on July 23, 2015 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (25647)

The Painted Trout, the greater Ann Arbor area's best place to buy all that stuff Aames wears, has become our sponsor!  Our relationship with the Painted Trout will grow and evolve, of course, but right now they're preparing an introductory packet for team members that will include cool stuff, and trout-themed stock pins for the show. A googleplex of thanks to Lauren Kingsley and Dirk Fischbach for their k...

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A word about helmet safety

Posted on July 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (1024)

You guys know that helmets are there to protect your heads, duh. 

At the most recent show, we saw a distressingly large number of dangerously ill-fitting helmets on the competitors. Here's how to ensure that your helmet can perform to the best of its abilities:

1. FIT. A helmet should fit snugly around your entire head with no gaps. The inevitable gaps that occur with adjustable helmets can be filled with supplemental padding.

2. CHINSTRAP. Always fasten you...

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Melman + Twitter

Posted on May 28, 2015 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (13635)

You know how, when you're not looking, your horse steals your laptop and signs up at Twitter? Go to Twitter @Melmanhorse and see what antics Melman's getting up to.

Where can I buy riding apparel in Ann Arbor?

Posted on May 18, 2015 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (11453)

Short answer: Dover.

Long answer:

    In the actual city of Ann Arbor, I'm afraid there is nowhere to buy traditional riding clothes. Or boots. Just outside of the city, at Lakeside Saddlery, you can find Tuf-Rider boots and economically priced helmets, but as for the higher end, there are no alternatives to online shoping. That said, if you're just schooling or hacking, you can get away with clothing that's not specifically designed for riding. Try these places:

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Who's the cutest pony in Ann Arbor?

Posted on May 10, 2015 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (15518)

PIXIE. That is all...

"Look at that smokin' hot Ann Arbor Police horse!"--Vixen

Posted on April 23, 2015 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (8523)

     The first show of the season is right around the corner, and that means trailering. We all know that, when trailering, safety is the most important thing, and we all know what to do to protect horses from trailering injury. What do you do if your horse is a willing trailer-er, but is incredibly loud and annoying once in the trailer? The title of this post is a translation of the deafening shriekings and whinnyings that happened at every traffic light on a recent trip throu...

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Ann Arbor Area Horse Show Strengthener

Posted on April 19, 2015 at 8:45 AM Comments comments (2687)

(Another Guest Post From Aames)

I am, as I write this, enjoying a beverage called "The Sunday Morning Strengthener." In my days as a pretentious undergraduate in Ann Arbor, I hosted a recurring Sunday morning party at which I served the following beverage,  now re-named:



2 two-litre thingies of Schweppes Lemonade (or Sprite)

1 roma tomato (trust me)

1 cucumber 


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No such Thing as Fashion Week

Posted on April 9, 2015 at 9:35 AM Comments comments (9760)

    In a sport for which the last significant fashion event was in the 1920s, when women stopped riding sidesaddle, it will come as no surprise that Show Season 2015 includes no fashion updates. In fact, our experience has shown that there is no bunch of people who are more resistant to current fashion than show judges.

    The first show is nearly upon us, which means a new hunt coat for most of us. Buy the same one your grandmother wears. In the most bo...

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The Notorious J.I.M.

Posted on April 4, 2015 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (39780)

    Jimmy, equine companion to Katie, is now living at our facility. He's been Justin Timberlake-ing around and stirring up all kinds of shameless behavior in the Ladies (Vixen, I'm looking at you). Jimmy is very pleased with himself, and with good reason, as he's nearing the end of 30 days of intense training. It is of vital importance that horse and rider speak the same language, thus his intensive schooling, but it is equally important that horse and stable attendant speak a comm...

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The Charles Owen AYR8 Helmet

Posted on April 3, 2015 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (1856)

First, always wear your helmet. No, always wear your helmet...

    Spring means ventilated helmets. If you've ever finished a ride with hair looking like an angry mongoose, you know what I'm talking about. Supposedly, ventilated helmets solve this problem. The Charles Owen AYR8 claims to be one of the most head-friendly helmets available, so I gave it a try.

    Pros: The padding is thick enough to give a wearer a very secure feel...

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