A quick sneak peek behind the scenes as Mary’s staff prepares for our annual Tent Sale. Don’t miss it! Tent Sale is Feb 17-19 2017!
Mary’s annual Tent Sale turns 30! Every February, we host an amazing 3-day sale that has become THE event of the year! The store is scoured, rearranged and a huge, (120 feet long by 40 feet wide!) tent is set up to squeeze in thousands of sale and clearance items.
- The Deals!
Mary’s Tent Sale has discounts store-wide to help make room for new styles and items! From fly spray to bridles, items are red-tagged everywhere you look! Literally months in advance the Mary’s team plans to find you deals so great, it’ll make you dizzy! While seasonal items like apparel and blankets, will also be at markdown pricing, Sunday there will be select extra discounts. in a few chosen departments to save even more. And don’t forget, Saturday is Double Bucket Saturday – each family that spends $100 or more will get two free buckets on their way out (while supplies last).
2. The Prizes!
Each year, Mary’s offers grand prizes for you to win! Last year Mary’s gave out 5 Grand Prizes; this year we have 8!
Three $500 Ariat shopping sprees, a Kensington $500 shopping spree, a Romfh outfit a Charles Owen helmet and a 1K Bling helmet!
That’s not your only chance to win! Each Tent Sale customer receives a ‘scratcher’ card for chance to spin the Prize Wheel and win an instant prize! There are 250 winning tickets which will be handed out over the weekend with prizes including a set of Veredus carbon gel horse boots, an Ovation schooling outfit and Tech stirrups!
3. Fabulous Vendors and Reps
Manufacturer representatives fly in from all over the country (and the world) to come to the Mary’s Tent Sale and educate customers on their products that Mary’s carries. It’s a wonderful opportunity to compare product and brands to determine what will work best for you and your horse. Come armed with questions! Some may even have samples or extra coupons to share with you!
4. Free Food!
Shopping builds up your appetite and Lunch is on us! This year, you can look forward to Pegasus Rising Horse Rescue behind the grill, preparing hot dogs, and serving up some refreshing cold beverages.
5. It’s like a party!
We have so many loyal customers who come from far and wide (some even planning vacations around our sale) to join us for the weekend. Barn buddies, neighbors and trainers… It’s fun to watch so many old friends reunite under one roof! There’s a very special vibe that goes along with the crescendo of voices exclaiming, “Oh my goodness! Hiiiiiiiiiii! How are yooooooou?!”
Be sure to clear your calendars
This year’s Tent Sale dates are:
- Friday, February 17th, 9:00am-5:00pm
- Saturday, February 18th, 9:00am-5:00pm
- Sunday, February 19th, 9:00am-4:00pm
*Mary’s will be CLOSED Thursday, February 16, to prepare for the sale.
FREE PARKING is located next door, at Del Mar Horse Park. Shuttle service will be provided by Mary’s for your convenience.
** First 200 customers Friday or while supplies last, limit 1 per household. Minimum purchase requirements for Saturday Double Buckets. Also while supplies last.
Horse treats are a staple at the barn. Many of us use treats and cookies as a training tool, reward or as an edible way of saying “I love you.”
Evolving from sugar cubes and lumps, to the healthier option of apples and carrots, today’s horse treat selections offer a vast array of fun flavors, nutritious options, and (most importantly) ease and convenience.
Here are 4 of Mary’s best-selling horse treats and the inspiration behind the brands!
Mrs. Pastures has been a best-seller at Mary’s for many years! Natural, crunchy cookies that are the perfect size to stash in pockets and proudly made in the USA! Mrs. Pasture’s cookie recipe was developed back in 1986, when the company owner wanted to create the perfect cookie for her horse, Poncho. Mary’s Tack and Feed was the first California customer for Mrs. Pastures! Back then, only the 8oz cookie bag was available. Now, Mrs. Pastures is available in many sizes to fit any size barn!
Co-owner, Stephanie, still has green Tent Sale bucket from when she was in high school. “I’m not going to date myself, but that was forever ago!”
When you walk into Mary’s, it’s the first thing you smell (well, besides the leather)-the sweet scent of Haystack Wildberry Delight Horse Treats wafting in the air. As modest as the white, paper bags are… inside lives beautiful, sun-cured alfalfa hay pellets infused with cranberries and wildberry juice. Wildberry Delights are made in Oregon, fresh from the hay fields. Horses goes nuts for them!
Paddock Cakes treats stand apart from many horse treats. With their iconic red label and candy-topped cookies taunting you from within the jar, seeing all the flavors is the horsey equivalent of walking into Willy Wonka’s factory. Paddock Cakes’ baker, Linda, originally created her treats for her horses, Diamond and Cody. Settling for nothing but the best, Linda uses only high-quality, fresh and natural ingredients. Each batch of Paddock Cakes cookies is baked the same way she cooks for her family- with “LUV” and care.
“I added a touch of candy because my grandmother always told me, “Never go to the barn without a little sugar in your pocket.””
Paddock Cakes also offer Corral Cookies for owners wanting the tasty, wholesome goodness Paddock Cakes has to offer, but without the candy.
When Cheryl’s horse, Apache, developed some dental and health issues, she was on the lookout for a soft and healthy horse treat. With the use of her animal health pharmaceutical background, A to Z Horse Treats was born! Made with human-grade ingredients in the USA, they can proudly boast their treats are low-carb and low sugar.
The Original recipe serves function as an excellent “pill popper” to ensure even the pickiest equine receives their medication. The Blonde Bits of Health recipe is uniquely made with agave and cinnamon, which acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.
Mary’ Tack and Feed offers many other quality treats for every horse and every budget! See our online selection at www.marystackandfeed.com or visit our store and drool over our selection!
Pssst…. Attention all equines! Yes, this blog is for YOU!
The New Year is here and your human counterparts are going to be busy trying to reinvent themselves. Things may even get a little nutty. So, we’ve come up with some resolutions you can make for yourself and tips on how to stick with them!
GET IN SHAPE… I mean, don’t…
Many of your humans will resolve to lose weight or get in better shape after the New Year. This resolution, as popular as it is, usually fizzles out in a month. Poor, human.
How can you help? Gain weight so they look better by comparison!
A trick to this is to convince everyone you haven’t eaten and are on the brink of starvation. It’s all in the eyes. ANY person who walks by, give them a sorrowful look and reach out to their pockets. The treats within may end up in your feeder, instead of that other horse. You’ll pack on the pounds faster than you think!
TAKE UP YOGA
If you do have to work on your physique, consider yoga. Good for the body, mind and soul. A basic move you can start with is Upward Hoof. Lay down on the ground and reach all four hooves up to the sky. It might take a couple attempts, but keep rolling over until you accomplish the move. This is especially invigorating after a bath.
Another move is Tree Salute. Firmly plant all feet and slowly lean forward and stretch your neck up toward a tree branch. Then stretch your lips out. Eat some leaves. Ignore anyone who yells at you- you are in “the zone.”
Aside from being a nuisance to others, cribbing is an unhealthy habit that can cause many long-term issues. Cessation products like cribbing collars, stall toys that can give distraction and natural remedies can help be a part of your quitting support team.
EAT OUT MORE OFTEN
Get to know your local flavors by partaking in roadside buffets. You’ve seen them while walking by on the trail, especially during the spring. Fresh, flowering herbs can bring such delight to an equine pallet. Take advantage of a loose rein and reach for a snack.
You can also check in with what your neighbor is dining on. Their grain has to be better than what you have.
Resolve your fear of travel and take the brave leap into that shiny, metal, moving box! It is not a monster trying to eat you… give it a good kick and see for yourself… see? Give it another kick, for good measure. Told you so. Trailering in comfortable gear can help ease travel stress. Consider splurging on a shipping halter and boots to aid in your relaxation… and protect yourself from any “trust kicks” along the journey.
If you have any questions about products that can help make your New Year’s resolutions stick, have your human call the friendly staff at Mary’s Tack and Feed at (800)551-MARY. We have the knowledge and expertise to help you achieve your goals!
The 4 Best Things about Holiday Barn Parties!
Are you attending a holiday barn party this weekend?
Whether you are all gathering around a picnic table at the ranch… or a fellow barn buddy has volunteered to be Hostess-with-the-Mostest… or it’s a full-blown catered event (lucky!)… Here are 4 fun things to make the most of your barn party!
1. PEOPLE FEED
Check with your host if there’s a particular dish you can bring- dessert, veggie, etc. Horsey-themed hors d’oeuvres and dessert recipes can be found all over on the internet… but it’s really fun to show off your own five-star recipe. Especially to “Debbie.” She might bring home more ribbons than you… but she will never top your Blue Cheese Stuffed Buffalo Chicken Meatballs. Ever.
Not into that whole cooking thing? A bottle of wine with an equine related name or label is a great alternative! And would be very much appreciated!
There are those friends that we only see while at the barn: Sunglasses, ball caps, helmets and slathered in sunscreen. If it weren’t for social media, you probably couldn’t pick them out of a police line-up. Holiday barn parties are a fun way to show how you “clean up nice.” It’s also fun to wear some of your fancier horse-themed outfits and jewelry from Mary’s Tack and Feed 😉
Trivia about each guest can make for an interesting evening… I mean, you didn’t even know how some of these people looked without sunglasses until now! Each guest can tell the host some fun facts about themselves, which will anonymously be asked to the crowd for guessing. If you own a horse, you own a few good stories.
Is it a Secret Santa? White Elephant? Gift games are a great way to spread holiday cheer, even before the party starts!
If there is a cap of how much to spend don’t be afraid to meet it! A really cool gift can make someone’s night, especially if they’re on Santa’s naughty list. This may be their only chance at a decent gift (except for a lump of coal)! A highly coveted present will get “stolen” during a game and ensue lots of laughter! And maybe a little revenge.
Keep it horsey-themed. You ARE at a barn party after all! Try to keep the gifts gender-neutral, too. If you are overwhelmed and can’t decide, a gift geared for the horse will always win, so try some fancy horse treats.
You can even sneak a gift receipt in with your gift. We all know if you bring a horse-sized Rambo Newmarket Halter as a gift, the only Cob-sized horse is going to receive it.
Stop by Mary’s Tack and Feed for your party gifts and hosting décor!