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Behind the Scenes of the Fall CSDEA Tack Swap

Attending a local tack swap is one of my favorite shopping experiences.  This is a great place to find an assortment of used clothing and tack at very good prices, plus feeling the satisfaction of finding a new home for any superfluous horse items. It is a like a large garage sale with all horse related items. A horse shoppers paradise! The CSDEA holds two tack swaps a year, one in the fall and one in the spring.  There are several head volunteer organizers that make this event run smoothly; and smoothly they run.  Last fall I volunteered and I was impressed with the level of organization and efficiency...

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The Wellington Dressage Dream by Robert Dunn

Robert Dunn, local dressage enthusiast and volunteer, recently visited Wellington, Florida, to work at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival for 2014.  While he was down there he wrote a blog. I was so inspired by this that I contacted him and asked him to share his story about how he got there and what he learned.  Thank you Robert Dunn for sharing. “Last summer I decided to chase a dream of working at horse shows in Wellington, Florida.  So I asked Jimmy Mandala, Facilities Manager at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival, what it would take to work at the shows for part of this winter season. ...

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Horse Entrepreneurs that Inspire: Christy Weflen, owner of St. Croix Saddlery Part 2

Last week we featured the first of a two part series on Horse Entrepreneurs that Inspire: Christy Weflen, owner of St. Croix Saddlery.  This week we will complete her success story.   What is your biggest success story? My biggest success is that I LOVE my work.  Of course there are still stressful moments – it IS a job, even if it doesn’t feel like it most days (which is great!).  I am so lucky!  It was worth the leap, and I highly recommend following your dreams!  The rest seems to work itself out.  I am so glad I purchased the store from Nan. Was it hard to follow in Nan’s...

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Horse Entrepreneurs that Inspire: Christy Weflen, Owner of St. Croix Saddlery Part 1

There are many inspiring entrepreneurs.  For the next two weeks we will feature the story of Christy Weflen, owner of St. Croix Saddlery. She manages to operate several successful businesses and be a dedicated wife and mother.   When did you develop an interest in horses and why? On my fifth birthday, my parents gave me the choice of going to Valleyfair, the State Fair, or on a 30-minute leadline pony ride.  Can you guess which one I chose?  Those 30 minutes of heaven aboard Wally the pony were the best of my five years on Earth thus far, and I was absolutely sold on horses after that!  ...

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