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Tack Talk - April 2014
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Welcome to the May edition of our Tack Talk Newsletter.

Summer is nearly here! No more freezing temperatures, no more snow, and no more bitter winds. That means long, sunny days, cool nights, and lots and lots of horseback riding! We can hardly contain our excitement. Don't forget to take some time off to enjoy the outdoors. Ride your horse, go camping, take in the beauty around you. It's a great stress reliever. There's nothing like the great outdoors.
A big shout out to everyone who showed up to the Midwest Horse Fair in Madison WI. We had a great turnout and really enjoyed the environment and hopefully you did too. Thank you for taking time to come by.  If you haven't gotten the chance to check out SpecTACKular, we will be at multiple horse trail rides throughout the country in the next few months. You can find an event calendar at the end of the article. We hope to see you out on the trails soon. Have a SpecTACKular Ride - Sherry


Fiona Rose Murphey Foundation
The Fiona Rose Murphey Foundation Charitable Trust helps children with bone diseases and other debilitating conditions and is a non profit organization based in Georgetown, Texas.
With more than 10 years of experience, Fiona Rose Murphey Foundation Charitable Trust functions to provide aid to families and children with Osteogenesis Imperfecta and similar conditions.
The foundation was established by singer Michael Martin Murphey and named after his granddaughter Fiona who was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Fiona has endured multiple fractures of arms and legs since birth. She was diagnosed with a broken collarbone, arm, femur and several broken ribs in utero.
A little about Osteogenesis Imperfecta: Characterized by breaking of bones easily and frequently, often for little or no apparent reason, Osteogenesis Imperfecta is caused by imperfectly formed bone collagen, which is the major protein of the bones’ connective tissue.
The condition is a genetic disorder that affects about one in every 20,000 children born in the U.S. each year, and usually affects the long bones in arms and legs.
Why is this so important? The Fiona Rose Murphey Foundation Charitable Trust will be holding a TWHBEA SPONSORED TRAIL RIDE TO BENEFIT THE FOUNDATION, JUNE 5-7, 2014. This event will be the TRAIL RIDE EVENT OF THE SUMMER with fun and exciting activities, clinics and entertainment at great venues with some of the most beautiful trails in the country!
Our goal is not only to provide the same great events at each location, but also to have them at the same time that there will be some fun activities at the venues.
This will be held simultaneously in 5 states - Tennessee, Illinois,  Colorado, Missouri and Washington State and a location in Germany. Click on this
link for ride locations and details.

Interested in learning more about Micheal Murphey passion for riding and the start of the foundation?  A terrific article just appeared in Trail Blazer Magazine.

For More Information, and to see how you can help, check out their 

Ride Schedule:

  • Thursday June 5th will be check-in and registration with an opportunity to ride the beautiful trails.
  • Friday June 6th enjoy the trails and learn about the sport of Cowboy Mounted Shooting from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. You may even be able to try your skills at this exciting sport!
  • Saturday June 7th is another great day of trail riding and at 5:00 p.m. enjoy a wine and cheese meet and greet and fellowship with fellow trail riders followed by a concert at 8:00 p.m. with legendary entertainers.
SpecTACKular will also be taking a part in this trail ride.  We would love to see other horse lovers participate too. It's a great opportunity. Not only would you be contributing to a noble cause, but you would get to ride beautiful horse trails while your at it! Horses AND goodwill? I don't know about you, but we're in. We'll be puttin' up our shingle at the TN ride.


Speaking of the Fiona Rose Murphey Charity Ride...

We'll be setting setting up our mobile Tack Shop at the Circle E Ranch in Belvidere, TN.  If you are coming stop by & say hi.

There will be a lot to do. Two Concerts are already planned: All breeds welcome. Come join us for the ride :)

Midwest Horse Fair

The Midwest Horse Fair was definitely a hit. We had a great time and those of you came would probably agree. The fashion show was awesome. If you stopped by the SpecTACKular Booth, we appreciate it a lot. We hope you found it all to your liking. It all was really a grand experience. Make sure you come by SpecTACKular next time around. Can't wait to see you all next year at the fair! 
Sunset Sands Quarter Horses - Our Horse Model
SpecTACKular's Booth at the Midwest Horse Fair
Check out our booth at the fair!
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Below are a few recent pics you have sent. Thanks for sharing!  Recognize anyone's horse?
Our Models: 1) Soldado 2) Wrangler
Soldado in Tuxedo Tack
Wrangler in his Beta Collar
SpecTACKular BioThane Beta Horse Tack- Caramel Brown Horse Tack
All In-Stock Caramel Brown Tack is on SALE thru 6/15/14!
Buy one item at 20% OFF 
Buy two or more at 30% OFF

Yep, we are making Caramel Brown a Special Order Color and clearing out all Caramel Brown inventory that is currently In-Stock.  BioThane & Stainless Steel. All first quality with our Lifetime Warranty

You will need to call or E-mail us to find out stock status and place your order via phone to receive the discount.
Caramel Brown Classic Series - Split Reins - 5/8"
We still have lots of Caramel Brown Reins in stock:
  • Loop or Split
  • 5/8" or 3/4" width.
  • Essential or Classic Series
  • All with Stainless Steel Trigger Snaps
SpecTACKular products are proudly made in the USA.

Caramel Brown Tack Discount examples:

  • Loop Reins starting at $39.99 less 20% NOW $31.99
  • Western Bridles starting at $59.99 less 20% NOW $47.99
  • Or buy Both normally $99.98 at 30% off NOW $69.99
This is Limited to on-hand inventory at SpecTACKular only (Offer not valid at: Out Post locations, on Special Orders, on Custom Sizes or pre-existing orders).  

Horse Trail and Camping Tips - Cooking Corner

There's nothing like fresh Asparagus.  Spring is a great time for these sprigs.  We're blessed with a huge patch that produces 10 pounds a day in season. They grow like weeds. Needless to say we have learned a few tricks.  We thought we would share one of our favorite make-ahead Asparagus recipes for Horse Camping.  Of course, it works in your oven too :)
Asparagus Spears

Spring Recipe:
  • Prepare Asparagus – bend & snap off the ends.  The stem will snap, leaving the tender part of the sprig.
  • Blanc the Asparagus – Bring Water to a boil. Toss in Asparagus for 20-45 seconds.  Drain & place asparagus in ice cold water.  Dry.
  • Drizzle the Asparagus with Olive Oil & Toss to coat.
  • Roll the sprigs in grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Wrap in heavy duty foil.
  • Cook on a grill or campfire using indirect heat for about 20-25 minutes for firm, al dente spears.
Enjoy! This can be prepared 3-4 days ahead or cooked in an oven.
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Fact of the Day: Horses have near 360 degree vision. They do however have blind spots directly in front and behind them. You should not stand in their blind spot.
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Looking for Great Horse Camping in the Ozarks?  
Check out the Flying R Ranch in West Plains, MO.

Have we mentioned lately
They STOCK our SpecTACKular Tack in their Hitchin' Post. And... have trained staff and Demo Tack for their Guests too
SpecTACKular Event Photo - Sherry McLean with Buckie


Here's where we'll be this May..
Flying R Ranch – May 21-26, Memorial Day Week
Land Between the Lakes – May 28 - June 2, Horse Trails and Wranglers Campground
Circle E Ranch – June 4-8 A benefit ride for the Fiona Rose Murphy Foundation to help kids with Brittle Bone Disease..
Labor Day Weekend Trail Ride –  August 29 - Sept. 1
Flying R RanchRFDTV Best of America – Sept. 18-21
Big Creek Trail Ride – Oct. 5-11, Oct. 26 - Nov. 1, Hartshorn, MO
Big Piney Trail Ride – Oct. 12-17, Waynesville, MO

More 2014 Events will be added.

You can check the Event Calendar for the latest events and more information.

See you on the trails!
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