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Hi gang,

Just got back from a two-day dressage show in South Carolina. I always enjoy watching the different levels at these shows. From the baby training level horse just learning to turn and transition to the Grand Prix horses that seem to dance for joy. The most exciting thing for me is the vast variety of shiny, glitzy, glamorous things these riders choose. I LOVE Bling! I may have been a crow in a past life, or a ferret, whatever the case, if it's shiny, it caught my eye.

Some disciplines frown on it and others embrace it. I think what I see most is the look on the faces of those who chose to bling up their horse or outfit. If you take a closer look at the attitudes of people who are bringing the bling, they seem happier. Is that possible? I think it is! When I bought a crystal-trimmed brow band for my mini driving horse, I smiled bigger that day. When I smile, I relax, when I relax, my horse goes better. Hmmm...something for the psychiatrists to look into?

Whatever the reason, even the most stoic, hard-driven trainer has a bigger smile when they are happy about how they look. There is something about the ooh's and aah's that just make you feel good. Today's market offers a lot of bling. From belts and breech trims, to bridles, saddles, pads and boots. If your discipline is the one that embraces it, give it a try yourself!

Check out the blingy ball caps I lust posted on Instagram! Follow @griffinbrookmobile


Cher Griffin
Mobile Tack Shop Owner
Published on 19-02-2020
My name is Cher Griffin and I am a certified horse nut. I've been living and breathing horses since my first trail ride at six years old. The horse broke loose from my handler and went flying back to the barn and all I could do was grin and whoop it up the entire mile-long run. My mother thought I was crazy. Little did she know. Since that fateful ride, I became a horse owner, 4-H member and horse show addict. I spent many years showing and training Quarter Horses, Saddlebreds, hunters, Morgans, Arabians, a stint with roping horses and sundry other breeds and combos. I became a carded judge in the early eighties and spent more than three decades in the center ring. I've been a 4-H leader for 42 years and have thoroughly enjoyed working with youth and horses. I've coached fourteen successful horse-judging teams to national-level competitions. When my knees finally gave out, I opted for the driving world. I continued to train minis and ponies to drive in the show ring and ADT level competitions. Throughout all this, I also owned my own trucking company, working in the heavy construction industry for over twenty years. Now that I'm an old gal, I own a mobile tack shop that travels from South Carolina to Georgia attending a variety of shows and events. I may not be center ring anymore but I'm in the thick of the horse business and live in the heart of the south's horse mecca, Aiken, SC. If that isn't horse-crazy enough, I am also a published author of three mysteries, Ritzforg 127, Captain Courageous and Gwenonwyn of Aileen. If you love horse and who-done-its, you'll love the books.