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About The Horse of Course

We're a tack store headquartered in Claremore, Oklahoma specializing in English tack and apparel! We're dressage experts, equine enthusiasts, and ready to help you today.

Mobile unit schedule 2017

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Both of our mobile units have a busy schedule for 2017! Here’s a list of the shows our team will attend this year:

DRESSAGE TRAILER (Beth & Marty)

  • Adequan Global Dressage Festival: January-April in Wellington, Florida
  • Dressage At Devon: September 26-October 1 in Devon, Pennsylvania

LOCAL TRAILER (Mary & Stephanie)

  • FEI World Cup Dressage Finals: March 29-April 2 in Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tulsa Rendezvous Horse Show: April 12-23 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma Dressage Society Spring I & II: May 5-7 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Green Country Dressage Classic I & II: June 16-18 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • USDF Region 4 Championships: September 27-October 2 in Cumming, Iowa
  • USDF Region 9 Championships: October 5-8 in Houston, Texas

More shows will be added as organizations finalize dates for 2017. Check our mobile schedule often for the latest updates!

How To Clean Your Tack

Tack is a significant investment, but with good care, you can expect it to last for many years! Here’s our advice for how to maintain your leather goods.

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Wipe down your tack after every ride. If you wipe the dust, sweat, and hair from your saddle, bridle, and other leather items after every ride, your tack will stay cleaner and in better condition than if you didn’t. You don’t have to do a full-on cleaning; simply wipe a damp rag over the item before storing it, or use tack cleaning wipes.

Use soft sponges or cloths to clean. Using scrub brushes or other tools can grind into the leather and cause it to degrade prematurely. A soft rag or sponge will clean your tack just fine!

Clean with a high-quality soap. Most saddles are made from vegetable-tanned leather. There’s no true black in vegetable tanning, so using a harsh chemical cleaner on your beautiful new dressage saddle can cause layers of dye to be stripped away; you’ll be left with a greenish saddle! We love Effax cream soap.

Condition dry leather. If you maintain your tack, you won’t need to condition often. If you buy a piece of equipment that seems dry or if your tack gets very wet, you can condition with a moisture-rich salve like Passier lederbalsam. (Bonus: it smells amazing!)

Polish. Your everyday riding boots will naturally see some wear and tear. If they have scuffs or have faded, you can bring them back up to snuff with a quick polish. Clean your boots well, then apply a small amount of a high-quality boot polish like URAD. Rub your boots with a soft rag to remove excess polish and add shine.

Chris Hickey Joins Our Elite Team

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Christopher Hickey – Contento Sogno

We’re pleased to announce that American Grand Prix dressage rider Christopher Hickey has been officially named a sponsored rider of The Horse of Course! The Pan-American Games gold medalist has been a regular client of ours for more than decade, and we’re excited to welcome him to our team of sponsored riders.

“I have always admired Chris- he’s a lovely rider and clearly loves the horses. I always felt he would be a great member of our team of sponsored riders. He needed saddles with a great maintenance program that would let the horses he rides have the most freedom possible in their back so they can perform wonderfully and stay happy,” says The Horse of Course’s CEO Beth Haist.

Chris has been riding in Sommer Spezial saddles since last year, and he’s an enthusiastic proponent of the brand, stating, “I think it is amazing that our industry has come out with so many new high tech products that make our horses more comfortable while doing their jobs for us. I work my horses hard, but I also take excellent care of the horses in my program. I am very sympathetic to what they need for their health, happiness, and soundness so that they can each do their job to the extent that they are able.”

Welcome to the team, Chris!

High Scoring Oklahoma Dressage Riders Awarded by Hometown Favorite Tack Shop

The Horse of Course awarded Emily Moser and No Cameras Please with the High Score Award embroidered cooler at the Green Country Dressage Classic I (Photo courtesy of Emily Moser)

The Horse of Course awarded Emily Moser and No Cameras Please with the High Score Award embroidered cooler at the Green Country Dressage Classic I (Photo courtesy of Emily Moser)

Claremore, OK (June 24, 2016) — Claremore, Oklahoma-based tack shop The Horse of Course, Inc. showed up in full force at the Green Country Dressage Classic I & II at the Claremore Expo Center this past weekend. The company presented The Horse of Course High Score Award to the eight top-scoring junior, amateur, and open level horse and rider combinations. As an official sponsor of the local Green County Dressage Classics, The Horse of Course was thrilled to give back to the show. Show profits went to benefit the Bit by Bit Therapeutic Riding Program, the American Therapeutic Riding Center, and the Coyote Ridge Reins from Above therapeutic program.

The Horse of Course is based in Claremore, Oklahoma, and is equipped with a mobile unit that travels the country to present its signature High Score Award at elite competitions such as the Adequan Global Dressage Festival and Dressage at Devon. At the Green Country Dressage Classic I & II, the highest-scoring pairs each received an embroidered cooler from The Horse of Course for their excellent performance and notable marks.

First to win a blue ribbon and receive her Horse of Course High Score prize was Lily Rhodes and Details At Last in Introductory Level. Junior rider Simona Forsyth won with Eiresown Fenagh in Training Level test one, and amateur rider Emily Moser with No Cameras Please won Training Level test two. Taking home the blue ribbon and cooler for First Level was open rider Claudia Coley and Dimetrius. In Second Level test one, junior rider Kailey Devore with Fauston NAF and amateur rider Holly Luke with Lust In The Wind earned the highest scores. Third Level test one went to Jonni Allen and FWF Princess Juniana as the highest-scoring open combination. The Horse of Course concluded by awarding open rider Emily Miles and Floretienne for their win in the FEI Prix St. Georges.

Emily Moser and No Cameras Please, better known as “Blake,” were thrilled to win The Horse of Course High Score Award, as this is one of their first USDF rated competitions. “We are having a blast, and meeting some really nice folks,” Moser said. “I’m so grateful to The Horse of Course for the High Score Award cooler; it is very sharp! Blake’s brow-band is actually from The Horse of Course— I love it and we get lots of compliments on it.”

Winner Lily Rhodes with Details At Last was also proud to be rewarded for her high score. Rhodes said, “It was really a great way for us to see how hard we had worked together for the past few months for the show. We were successful and had a great time. Winning the cooler was just the cherry on top! I’m sure I will be shopping at The Horse of Course again soon!”

After rewarding so many worthy equestrians in its home state, The Horse of Course mobile tack shop is continuing on touring the country. Next on the itinerary is the Dressage At Lexington Show at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia, and then the Dressage At Santa Fe Show in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Horse of Course is the one-stop-shop for all riders, and has recently been outfitted with an extensive line of products for male clientele. The Horse of Course supplies popular brands such as König, Pikeur, Vespucci, Cavallo, Passier, and Sommer. The shop’s knowledgeable staff is happy to help customers find exactly what they need quickly in between classes, so riders can spend less time shopping and more time in the saddle. For more information about The Horse of Course and the company’s complete travel schedule, visit www.thehorseofcourse.com or call 888-494-6773.

Eye Candy Clinches The Horse of Course High Score Award at Centerline Events Show

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The Horse of Course High Score Award was presented to Amy Gimbel and Eye Candy at the recent Centerline Events dressage show in Saugerties, New York (Photo courtesy of Erika Olijslager Photography)

Saugerties, NY (May 31, 2016) – After successfully recognizing an array of high scoring riders at the Oklahoma Dressage Society Spring Shows in Tulsa, Oklahoma, The Horse of Course mobile tack shop continued its nationwide tour by heading to the Centerline Events dressage show at HITS on the Hudson in Saugerties, New York. The Horse of Course is known for its prominent support of the equestrian community through its supply of top-notch equestrian gear. The company is also widely recognized for its official Horse of Course High Score Award, which it presents to the highest scoring dressage rider at shows across the country. While attending the Centerline Events dressage show, The Horse of Course rewarded another winning combination, Amy Gimbel and Eye Candy, with The Horse of Course High Score Award.

This month, the Horse Shows in the Sun dressage show saw competitors with goals spanning from personal bests to achieving qualifying scores for National Championships. Through it all, amateur rider Amy Gimbel of Lebanon, New Jersey stole the spotlight with the aptly named Eye Candy, a 2009 Dutch Warmblood (Weltmeyer x UB40) mare. The pair not only won their Third Level test, but also took home The Horse of Course High Score embroidered cooler and official tri-color ribbon for their superb 72.051 percent.

As the highest scoring adult amateur rider of the entire show, Gimbel was thrilled to receive the prize from The Horse of Course founder and CEO, Beth Haist. Gimbel remarked to Haist upon receiving the award, “Thank you so much for sponsoring the lovely cooler and ribbon for the High Score Award. It was such a wonderful surprise and really such an honor. Thank you for your support of the sport, and especially of the Adult Amateurs!”

The Horse of Course was proud to recognize the worthy pair for their excellent blue ribbon performance. The popular tack shop The Horse of Course is officially based in Claremore, Oklahoma with a travelling unit that can be found at shows across the country. This summer, The Horse of Course will make pit stops at two more Centerline Events dressage shows on June 18-19 and August 18-21, where the company will also spotlight the shows’ highest-scoring pairs. On July 15-17, the mobile tack shop will be open for business at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Virginia, as a sponsor of the Dressage at Lexington show.

The Horse of Course not only gives back to the equestrian community through its High Score Award and excellent merchandise, but also through its wealth of knowledge on tack care and fitting, especially when it comes to saddles and bits.

Marty Haist, the co-founder of The Horse of Course and Beth Haist’s husband, is a master saddle fitter who learned his craft while training in England. He now provides his expert saddle fitting skills and repair services at every competition that The Horse of Course travels to.

Beth Haist is The Horse of Course’s resident bit-fitting expert when it comes to choosing the correct weight and size for a successful connection between horse and rider. Haist has acquired an extensive knowledge by working with several bit engineers. She continually strives to educate riders about finding the perfect bit. As an extension of the bit fitting process, The Horse of Course offers a service referred to as the “bit bank.” This service, available to all equestrians, gives riders the opportunity to try bits out on their horses before purchase. The Haists have a collection of bits exclusively for loan so that riders can find their horses’ perfect bit before making a major commitment.

The Horse of Course’s knowledgeable staff has been working since 1995 to help customers find exactly what they need quickly in between classes, so riders can spend less time shopping and more time in the saddle. The company is the one-stop-shop for all riders, and presents popular brands such as König, Pikeur, Vespucci, Cavallo, Passier, and Sommer. For more information about The Horse of Course and the company’s complete travel schedule, visit www.thehorseofcourse.com or call 888-494-6773.

Highest Scoring Riders Rewarded at Oklahoma Dressage Society Show

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The Horse of Course awarded The Horse of Course High Score Award to the highest scoring junior, amateur, and open rider of each competing level throughout the Oklahoma Dressage Society Spring Show I & II at the Tulsa Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Pictured: Beth Haist of The Horse of Course (right) and winner Patty Couch (left).

As a sponsor of the Oklahoma Dressage Society Spring Shows, The Horse of Course presented its High Score Award to multiple competitors this past weekend. The Horse of Course High Score Award is traditionally given to the highest scoring horse and rider pair of the entire show, whether the winner be an adult amateur or young rider or professional of any level. However, at the Oklahoma Dressage Society Spring Shows, The Horse of Course decided to change things up. The popular tack shop rewarded the highest scoring junior, amateur, and open rider of each competing level— 15 riders total— with an embroidered cooler for their excellent performance and notable marks.

The Horse of Course, Inc. can be found at elite equestrian competitions around the country, and is widely recognized for providing today’s competitive rider with the tools they need to succeed. The Horse of Course is led by CEO Beth Haist and her husband, professional saddle fitter Marty Haist. The company has established a reputation since 1995 for providing high quality tack, fashionable and functional attire, and horse care products. The Claremore, Oklahoma-based company most recently parked its mobile tack shop near it’s home base for the Oklahoma Dressage Society Spring Show I & II that took place at the Tulsa Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma on May 7-8.

The first to take home a blue ribbon and The Horse of Course High Score Award embroidered cooler was Junior/Young rider Lily Rhodes with Details At Last (68.75%) in Introductory Level. Winners in Training Level were Junior/Young rider Olivia Brackin on Cobridge El Dorado (68.462%), Amateur Laura Custer on Bushido (78.269%), and Open rider Patty Couch on Gallant Prince Von G (68.462%). Winning in First Level was Junior/Young Rider Hensley Moses riding Faloria (63.906%), Amateur Lisa Miller riding Avalanche’s Prince Firestorm (65.294%), and Open rider Gretchen Aycock with Samara (75.556%). Second Level went to Junior/Young Rider Kailey Devore riding Fauston NAF (65.488%), Amateur Viki Meyers on Gold Flash (70.488%), and Open rider Anthea Kin on Finian (68.049%). Then in Third Level it was Junior/Young rider Nikki Weitzenhoffer on Charisma (65.256%), Amateur Debbie Nutt with Beloved Victory (62.436%), and Open rider Cheryl West riding Comet (60.152%) who took home the honors. Honored in Fourth Level was Lynn Vandenberg riding Zuni Sunrise (66.333%), and in the FEI Levels, Kristin Wasemiller-Knutson won with Casaro (65.658%). All recipients were overjoyed to take home their embroidered coolers from The Horse of Course, and were happy to see The Horse of Course return to the show. For a photo gallery of The Horse of Course High Score winners at the Oklahoma Dressage Society Spring Shows, click here.

Patty Couch was pleasantly surprised when she received her High Score designation with her Friesian horse Gallant Prince Von G. Couch. She commented, “I was very honored to have won both the High Point Friesian award and the High Point Training Level award. I’m thankful to The Horse of Course, Beth Haist, and Stephanie Peck for donating all the beautiful coolers, and to Susan Peacock for all her hard work to make this show ran so smoothly. The show committee did an awesome job of making sure that every detail was well taken care of and the awards and the award ceremony were wonderful.”

Beth Haist joined Couch in commending the show. “The show organization is a top notch outfit called ShowSecretary.com run by Susan Peacock, who has also been a secretary of the USDF at the Great American Insurance Group/USDF Regional Dressage Championships and several CDI competitions,” Haist explained. “The Tulsa Expo Square can hold 5,000 horses in permanent stabling, with heated and air-conditioned indoor arenas. This is one of the largest equestrian facilities in the country, and it was great fun catching up with everyone at the show.”

After the successful Oklahoma Dressage Society Spring Shows, The Horse of Course mobile tack shop plans to continue touring the country by heading to the Centerline Events at the HITS on the Hudson Saugerties in New York on May 21-22, June 18-19, and August 18-21.

The Horse of Course is the one-stop-shop for all riders, and has recently been outfitted with an extensive line of products for male clientele. The Horse of Course supplies popular brands such as König, Pikeur, Vespucci, Cavallo, Passier, and Sommer. The shop’s knowledgeable staff is happy to help customers find exactly what they need quickly in between classes, so riders can spend less time shopping and more time in the saddle. For more information about The Horse of Course and the company’s complete travel schedule, visit www.thehorseofcourse.com or call 888-494-6773.

The Horse of Course Headed To Oklahoma Dressage Society Spring Show

Beth Haist (right) with John Mason (left) at the Houston Dressage Society Spring Classic I & II.

Beth Haist (right) with John Mason (left) at the Houston Dressage Society Spring Classic I & II.

Tulsa, Oklahoma (May 5, 2016) — Claremore, Oklahoma-based tack shop The Horse of Course will bring its traveling mobile unit near its home base this May 7-8 for the Oklahoma Dressage Society Spring Show I & II. The Horse of Course is widely known for traveling across the country to provide top-quality tack, fashionable and functional attire, and equine care supplies for all disciplines. The Horse of Course is excited to set up shop at the Tulsa Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma for the dressage shows this weekend.

The Horse of Course is lead by entrepreneur and CEO Beth Haist, who has operated the successful company since 1995 with her husband and expert saddle fitter Marty Haist. The duo has established a reputation for providing everything that today’s competitive rider may need for success in and outside of the arena.

Most recently, The Horse of Course catered to the equestrian community of Katy, Texas, at The Shoofly Farm CDI and Houston Dressage Society Spring Classic I & II. At the Houston Dressage Society Spring Classic shows, The Horse of Course proudly sponsored the Competitor Party, and presented one lucky CDI competitor with The Horse of Course Best Turnout Award during the jog. John Mason won the Best Turnout Award with his ride Faye for being the most finely groomed and best-presented CDI jog pair. Mason was rewarded with a gift certificate to The Horse of Course. Mason competed with seven horses at the show, and cleaned up aboard Faye, owned by Christine Renne, in the CDI2* FEI Prix St. Georges, where they earned the blue ribbon.

The Horse of Course will now continue to extend its support for equestrian competitors at the Oklahoma Dressage Society Spring Shows, and is prepped and ready to reward its signature Horse of Course High Score Award there. The Horse of Course High Score Award is given to the horse and rider pair who earns the highest score of the entire show. The Haists have continually presented the award at elite dressage competitions across the country, including each week of the Adequan Global Dressage Festival 12-week series in Wellington, Florida. High Score Award winners range from adult amateurs to young riders to professionals of all levels. The winners receive a tricolored ribbon and an embroidered cooler courtesy of The Horse of Course for their excellent performances. At the Oklahoma Dressage Society Spring Shows, The Horse of Course will graciously be presenting the High Score Award embroidered cooler several times— to the highest scoring junior, amateur, and open rider of each competition level throughout the show.

After the Oklahoma Dressage Society Spring Shows, The Horse of Course mobile tack shop will continue touring the country by heading to the Centerline Events at the HITS on the Hudson Saugerties on May 21-22, June 18-19, and August 18-21.

The Horse of Course is the complete one-stop-shop for all riders. The mobile unit has recently been outfitted with an extensive line of products for male clientele with options from everyday clothing to premier FEI show gear. The Horse of Course also offers riders and competitors access to quality tack online, and supplies riders with popular brands such as König, Pikeur, Vespucci, Cavallo, Passier, and Sommer to equip both horse and human. The shop’s knowledgeable staff is happy to help everyone find exactly what they need quickly in-between classes, so riders can spend less time shopping and more time in the saddle. For more information about The Horse of Course products and the company’s complete travel schedule, visit www.thehorseofcourse.com or call 888-494-6773.

Congratulations to Sponsored Rider Shelly Francis

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Shelly Francis and Doktor

Congratulations to sponsored rider Shelly Francis on being named to the squad for the European Observation Events as part of the selection process for the 2016 U.S. Olympica Dressage Team! Shelly will head to Europe with her horses Danilo and Doktor along with seven other athlete-and-horse combinations.

Shelly is a longtime client of The Horse of Course and rides her horses exclusively in Sommer saddles. We look forward to continuing our partnership with her and wish her the best of luck in Europe!

The Perfect Bit & The Right Fit

Beth lecturing on bits at the Robert Dover Horsemastership Program.

Beth lecturing on bits at the Robert Dover Horsemastership Program.

If you were to ask riders at many of the United States’ top horse shows where they should go for their bit fitting needs, odds are they’ll point you to the traveling tack shop of bit aficionado, Beth Haist— CEO of The Horse of Course.

As a longtime equestrian and owner of a tack shop and mobile unit that offers professional bit fitting services, Haist has enjoyed exposure to several bit engineers over the years. Haist is always eager to put her knowledge to the test in order to find the perfect bit and the right fit for all shapes and sizes of horses.

“You really have to think like an engineer when finding the right bit. This is an engineering feat,” The Horse of Course’s CEO explained.

For starters, Haist encourages riders to ensure their bits are the correct weight and size. She also stresses the importance of using a copper bit, which she finds to be the most comfortable material available for horses.

“You need to have a bit that’s heavy and copper – and it has to be at least 70 percent,” she said. “The reason for that is it literally warms to the temperature of a horse’s mouth and, when it does that, it becomes more neutral.”

To find the perfect combination of size, weight, and material, Haist suggests two brands: Neue Schule and Herm Sprenger, both of which can be found at The Horse of Course. The Horse of Course is based in Claremore, Oklahoma, and has a popular mobile unit that can be found at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida for the winter show season and other major shows nationally throughout the year. The next stop for The Horse of Course is the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy Texas April 28 through May 1 for the Houston Dressage Society Spring Classics I & II.

However, understanding the recipe for bit fitting success is only a part of the process. Haist is also a believer in trial and error, which is why The Horse of Course offers a service referred to as the “bit bank.” This service, which is available to everyone, gives riders the opportunity to try bits on their horses before purchase – which financially saves riders significantly in the long run. Instead of purchasing an expensive bit up front that may or may not do the trick, Haist has a collection of bits exclusively available for loan – so that riders can find the perfect bit for their horse before making a major purchase.

Haist continually strives to meet her goal of giving back to the equestrian community, and is excited for opportunities, such as the bit bank, where she can help educate riders and better the sport.

And of course, The Horse of Course offers even more than bit fitting services. Riders can head to the one-stop-shop for everything from women’s and, more recently, men’s apparel to stable necessities and everything in between. So if you’re looking to find the best bit possible for your horse or just want to do a little equestrian shopping, visit The Horse of Course online at www.thehorseofcourse.com, visit their storefront, or find the mobile unit at a show near you.

Our Favorite Sunshirts

Spring and summer weather is here! At The Horse of Course headquarters in Oklahoma, we’re already seeing temperatures hit the 80 degree mark! Warm weather riding means a return to the outdoor arena, trail, and cross country course. Sun protection is absolutely essential, and with today’s technology, you don’t have to apply greasy sunscreen or suffer in sweat to stay safe!

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From left to right:

  • Irideon CoolDown IceFil long sleeve jersey: With UPF 50 sun protection and cooling IceFil fabric that wicks moisture and reduces body surface temperature by up to 5 degrees, this shirt works hard so you stay cool! MSRP $84.95
  • Kerrits IceFil Flex long sleeve shirt: Offering UPF 30 sun protection and moisture-wicking, cooling fabric, this flattering shirt is like shade you can wear. MSRP $59.00
  • Bette & Court Cool Elements mock neck polo: Look great in this stylish shirt with 30+ UV protection and moisture-wicking, fast drying, antimicrobial fabric. Mesh underarms ensure you’ll stay cool on hot days! MSRP $75.95
  • Horze Supreme Trista functional shirt: This colorful polo with Nanotex fabric offers UPF 30 sun protection, mesh undersleeves for maximum airflow, and quick dry fabric to keep you feeling great all summer long. MSRP $34.95