Abby, then 8, began solving her tacking up problem by asking, “What would I change?” then she began to make a list of saddle changes. Sharon Jantzen visits with Abby, a SLO County native and 9-year-old budding entrepreneur, regarding her just-launched tack company Riding Free.
“You want to reach out and touch what you see in the painting and your heart skips a beat when you see it,” Abby Rose of Heartworks describes the type of art she creates. Sharon Jantzen visits with this talented young artist who can bring the heart of horses to life in art.
Jere has had success where others doubted: “I had a mare come in to get fit after a severe injury in which she gloved her hind limb and sustained some damage to the tendons. The vets were very cautious, saying they thought she would probably only be broodmare-sound.” Sharon Jantzen visits with Jere Kleinpeter and gets a tour of Oasis Equine Fitness and Rehabilitation Center.
“It’s all about the comfort of the horse and the safety of the rider,” expressed Brad as he describes the why behind every-use tack cleaning. Water and salt dry out leather. “Horse sweat is the worst thing to leave on leather. It just sucks the life out of the leather!” Local leather expert and saddle repair guy, Brad Ilonummi, talks with Sharon Jantzen about expertly caring for and cleaning tack.
Diane, an Arroyo Grande resident since 2005, has a long list of accomplishments on the world stage. Currently she is preparing to represent the United States in the Para-Equestrian World Championships for Single Drivers – her seventh appearance since 2002 – competing in the sport of Combined Driving. Sharon Jantzen visits with Diane and shares her story.