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Changes for Noble Outfitters in 2019

If you’re not familiar with Noble Outfitters, they are a brand focused on creating innovative products for horse and rider. They have produced the wave fork, Stay Cool MUDS, the 4-in-1 Guardsman blanket, as well as several other great products. As they have expanded they have come to realize they have stretched themselves in too many directions.

Over the next 12 months you’ll see a refocusing effort coming from Noble Outfitters along with a rebranding effort, changing Noble Outfitters to Noble Equestrian within most Western and English Tack Stores. Below is a snippet of the announcement from Noble Equestrian.

“We are excited to introduce the Noble Equestrian™ Brand. Noble Equestrian™ will continue to create innovative products for the horse and rider, while Noble Outfitters will focus on products for the farm, ranch, and work lifestyle. With these changes we will be better equipped to focus on the specific needs of equestrians.”

-Noble Equestrian™
New Noble Equestrian Logo Photo
The new Noble Equestrian Logo takes into consideration that of it’s original Noble Outfitters logo but adds the horse to emphasize it’s focus on the equestrian world over Farm and Fleet.

The Noble Outfitters name will still be available but only found within “Farm and Fleet” stores such as Rural King & Tractor Supply. Unfortunately that means we will no longer have access some items we once did. As well you’ll find some products renamed and options for other significantly paired down.

While we don’t expect any major issues there are likely to be a few hiccups along the way. We don’t know exactly what all the changes will include but we at least have a basic road map for the upcoming year.

You will begin noticing the new Noble Equestrian logo appear on socks, gloves, and totes come Spring of 2019, while apparel will be changing come the Fall of 2019. Again whether the future will include seasonal items, we just do not know yet.

Although there is not a ton of information here regarding which products will and won’t be available we wanted to give you all a heads up as to what is coming with Noble in 2019. We’d love to hear your comments, thoughts, and concerns. We will answer the questions we can and pass along those we may not be able too answer. Thank you.

Black Friday – Make Your Own Deal

 
Black Friday Deal at Al-Bar

Don’t spend Thanksgiving Day checking every website or the newspaper looking for the “greatest deal” when you can make your own Black Friday Deal at Al-Bar Ranch.

Without worry, you can stop by anytime throughout the day and pick out exactly what you want all while receiving 20% off a single regular priced item (including special orders).

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Sunday Holiday Hours: 1-5pm
November 26 – December 23

Al-Bar IBRA Show Dates

(Updated 8/20/18)

We finally have dates for you for the IBRA shows taking place here at Al-Bar Ranch. Below you’ll find the show bill both in image format as well as a pdf (easier to print off).

As in the past, this years shows will take place Friday Evening and Saturday. Primitive camping (no water/electric hook-up) is available for those wanting to stay the night Friday and race again on Saturday.

IBRA Show Warm-Up & Start Times

Friday Warm-Ups begin 6pm with classes starting at 7:30pm. End time will vary depending on the number of entrants.

Saturday Warm-Ups being 9am with classes starting at 11:00am. Again end time will vary depending on the number of entrants.

Scheduled IBRA Show  Dates (Updated 8/20)

  • June 15 & 16
  • July 20 & 21 – Canceled
  • August 24 & 25 – Canceled

Here is a pdf version of the show bill as well.

Other Scheduled Shows

  • CANCELED (Updated 7/23) – August 4, & 5 (Saturday, & Sunday) – IBRA Summer Sizzler Series
  • August 12 (Sunday) Saint Joseph Sheriffs Posse Speed Show

Sheriff's Posse Show BillMake sure to take the opportunity to spread the new by liking and sharing these events on our Facebook page!

Brute Ropes Available at Al-Bar Ranch

We are proud to announce Al-Bar Ranch now carries Brute Ropes!

Brute Ropes Display

What are Brute Ropes you ask?

Brute Ropes are “professional grade training ropes” designed and manufactured by Paul Lynch. Brute Ropes differ from your standard lead and lunge line as they are made from polyester rather than nylon. This difference allows the rope to not “bite” as it slides through your hand when training your horse.

Secondly, Brute Ropes use a hollow braid.  The hollow braid keeps the ropes from “locking up” by allowing a slight give when your horse pulls back. Even if the rope were to “lock up” it is unlikely to break as the 1/2″ diameter rope has an 8000lb test weight.

And the most impressive features of the ropes are it’s lightweight nature and the “action”. What I mean by “action” can be noticed the most with the lunge line. A light flick of the wrist and the Brute Rope lunge line will create motion all the way to the horse allowing for easy cues and instructions.

What kind of ropes are available?

We have several options available. We have the traditional Brute Rope leads (1/2″ rope and trigger snap) as well as their Big Brute lead (heavier 5/8″ rope and bull snap).

Also available is their 3/8″ 20ft lunge line and their 1/2″ 25ft lunge line. We believe you’ll see a huge difference between this lunge line compared to traditional nylon and cotton lunge lines. As mentioned earlier, the cues you give your horse when lunging with these lines will quickly get you the responses you want.

You’ll be able to see and feel the lightweight and softness of the roping and split reins. Several options in trailer ties, both long and short, are available. Finally you’ll be able to check out Brute Ropes portable cross ties which can be utilized just about anywhere.

We’d love to talk with you about Brute Ropes and even give you a quick demonstration next time you’re in the store.

Spring Open House Sale – March 16th-18th

Save 15% on Everything during our Spring Open House Sale!

Mark your calendars for March 16th, 17th, and 18th! We’re taking those three days during our Spring Open House Sale to say Thank You for shopping with us over the past 44 years by offering you a discount of 15% on everything in the store. This discount will be applied on all regular priced items; however it does exclude all consignment items.

All weekend you’ll find every saddle sale priced for the weekend. Select men’s and women’s jeans will be at clearance prices. Select women’s tops will be at clearance prices. And several boot styles will have sale tags that equate to savings greater than 15%!

This weekend is an amazing opportunity to save on all the new boots that have arrived for spring! You’ll be able to get ready for the spring and summer show season with all the latest Hobby Horse clothing. You’ll find we’ve received new saddles and tack that will help you earn your fastest times in the arena.

Even better on Friday and Saturday we will have a representative from Circle Y here in the store. He will be able to help with saddle fittings and be available to answer any Circle Y, Tucker, or Reinsman related questions.

As well, on Friday and Saturday only, a representative from Noble Outfitters will be available to help with boot fitting. She’ll also be giving away FREE Noble Outfitter gear. Make sure you come visit her to find out how to get awesome FREE gear!

As always Janet’s homemade cookies will be available for you to snack on while they last (chocolate chip, peanut butter, and butterscotch oatmeal). You’ll also have the chance to enter into a drawing for one of several $25 Al-Bar Ranch Gift Cards, which we will be giving away at the end of the sale weekend.

Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate with us March 16th – 18th while saving at least 15% on everything, including all special orders!

 

2018 WESA Market – We’re back & excited

We’re back from the Western & English Sales Association – WESA market! If you don’t follow our Instagram or Facebook pages you should seriously go take a look. There are lots of awesome things coming later this year and you can see sneak peeks from the market there!  We’ll continue to show off things over the next couple of weeks as well, so stay tuned there. Of course there was a lot to look at and ponder over the course of our four day trip, so lets start.

Boots – So Many Options

We spend an entire day looking at all the boot companies each year in Denver. This year was no different and we added Luchesse boots to that list. The prompting here came due to a few requests during the holidays and a survey we recently emailed.

While we believe Luchesse boots are extremely well crafted and use exquisite exotic and cowhide leathers, we cannot see adding their boots to our store. While this may be a bit disappointing for some of you we hope you can understand our decision; 1) Luchesse does not currently have a sales representative in this territory/region. 2) Luchesse’s requirements to become and remain a dealer were far above what we felt were attainable and maintainable from year-to-year. As always we will continue to listen to your feedback and requests and will always be open to reconsidering if things change.

Although we are not adding Luchesse, you will see lots of new boots for both men and women coming later this spring and summer (March – July) from Double H, Durango, Nocona, Tony Lama, Justin, Twisted X, and Ariat. This will include traditional leather boots, casual mocs, and exotic skin boots. Take a look at some of the options below that are coming.

(click each image to see each one larger)

Fall Jackets & Shirts

Besides spending our time looking at boots, we took the opportunity to see much of the fall’s apparel lines from Cinch and Wrangler. This includes both companies fall/winter jackets. Like 2017, Cinch’s bonded jacket is sure to be a favorite again with concealed carry styles for both men and women which includes new stitching color logo options in the basic black jacket and their new textured jackets.

We’re also very excited about some fun t-shirts and sweatshirts from FarmBoy/FarmGirl. 1) They are extremely comfortable shirts and 2) they have some rather comical sayings on them. We all chuckled at several of the styles our salesman showed! We hope you’ll find them as agreeable as we did. Several option are coming in March while the rest will be available this fall. Below are some of the caps they offer.

FarmBoy FarmGirl Caps at the WESA Market

Comparing Circle Y & American Saddlery

Finally, in December we sent out a short survey that provided some valuable feedback. It prompted us to take a look at new options in western tack. There seemed to be quite a bit of interest in American Saddlery via our survey. So, Saturday morning we spent some time browsing through the selection of items they were showcasing.

After browsing through American Saddlery’s options we were not impressed. We looked at several saddles options from American Saddlery and found their quality to be sub-par.  The components American Saddlery used look cheap while the leather on the saddles were roughly cut and unfinished. Secondly, American Saddlery’s saddle pricing was very similar to Circle Y’s, who we already carry. We didn’t feel we could justify bringing in what looked to be an inferior saddle at the same price of a Circle Y saddle, whom we already carry. The Circle Y saddles we viewed at the market and have had in the store offer a better leather and use better component. We’ll continue to carry Circle Y and have new options in saddles coming this spring; Barrel, All-Around, & Trail saddles should all be arriving by March.

(Please keep in mind, this is our opinion of what we saw at the market. American Saddlery may very well deliver a superior product than what was present, however without seeing better quality product in person it is hard to justify bringing in something new when we carry a product that consistently appears superior.)

Circle Y, Reinsman, Tucker, and High Horse Saddles at the Wesa Market

There are so many saddle options from Circle Y, Reinsman, Tucker, and High Horse!

New Western Saddle Line Coming – Great Quality, Even Better Price

However, we are adding a new line of western saddles from a company out of Pilot Point, Texas. They make all of their saddles here in the United States and build them on rawhide wrapped, wooden trees. It was their first time attending the market and we were amazed by the quality, especially for the price. We think you’ll be surprised and excited once they arrive this spring. For example you’re looking at quality saddle options around or under $1000!

We are very excited for the new items coming and hope you are too. Continue to watch our Facebook and Instagram pages to get a few other sneak peeks of things coming as well as when new product arrives in the store!

A Quick Side Note

Although WESA stands for Western & English Sales Association it is predominately a western show in Denver. Thus we did not have a chance to see any new English companies while there at the market. We will however be looking further at Ariat and Noble Outfitters as we see our salesmen in the coming months. As always we are open to suggestions on the English apparel you liked to see us carrying. Please let us know what you’d specifically like to see.

Get up to $50 back on qualifying Ariat purchases

Spend more, Get more

Running now through December 24th the more you spend on Ariat, the more Ariat gives back. Spend $99 –  get $10, spend $149, Get $20, and spend $249 get $50! All Ariat footwear, apparel, and accessories are included in this limited time promotion.

(Ariat limits this to in store purchases only – online purchases do no qualify)

Ariat Rebate Information

Win Black Friday & Small Business Saturday

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Make your own Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Deal

Win Black Friday and Small Business Saturday this year by shopping at Al-Bar Ranch where you’ll get a coupon to make your own deal! On those two days only, when checking out you’ll receive 20% off a single item* of your choice.

This will provide you the opportunity to purchase something you or someone else truly wants rather than just getting the “best deal” out there. The coupon works on any regular priced item and includes all the new products arriving from Circle Y, Billy Cook, Ariat, Wrangler, and Noble Outfitters. We can also apply the 20% savings toward a special order so you can get that perfect gift just in time for Christmas.

(*Some exclusions apply. The coupon cannot be used on consignment items, items that are already marked down, previous purchase, or current lay-away items. Excludes all saddles)

Holiday Hours

As a reminder, starting the Sunday after Thanksgiving (November 26th) we will open on Sundays from 1-5pm to offer additional shopping hours for the Holidays.

Sunday Holiday Hours run through December 24th 2017, although we will be closing at 4pm on Christmas Eve. Our normal hours will resume the day after Christmas.

Hyndsight Vision: Seeing Everywhere

See everywhere with Hyndsight Vision. Hyndsight Vision provides you peace of mind wherever you go. It allows you to have a constant eye on our horse or family; whether at home or on the go you’ll always have 20/20 vision of what is going on.

Hyndsight Vision Logo

What is Hyndsight Vision?

Hyndsight is a portable wireless video monitoring system that can be mounted to several different surfaces. All of the cameras and monitors are water resistant and attach to several mount types with a sturdy 1/4″ – 20 thread stud. Most mounts offer several joints for adjustments, creating the perfect viewing angles for whatever you’re needing to keep an eye on.

Every camera and monitor operate via battery that can last anywhere from 4-8 hours. In each case you’ll find an included USB wall charger. If you require a longer charge, external battery packs can be purchased separately. Hard wiring kits and permanent mounts are also available. The hard wiring kits allow you to plug a USB cable into the charging port and have a constant charge, while permanent mounts are perfect for those locations you know you’ll always want to be watching.

Each camera and monitor includes an antenna allowing them to function up to 1/3 miles away (direct line of sight) – no bluetooth, no WiFi signal needed. Even better, you can pair up to four different cameras to a single monitor. (Below you can see what the monitor and camera looks like in box)

Hyndsight Camera and Monitor

Why Hyndsight Vision?

Hyndsight gives you an ever present set of eyes wherever you go. Being truly wireless makes Hyndsight perfect for taking from the barn to the trailer to the horse show.

You can find other “wireless” camera systems out there. However very few are truly wireless. As you can see in the video below, you can use the monitor a way to watch kids in the pool. It can be used as a back up system with your trailer, or as an every present set of eyes inside the trailer on a long haul.

Hyndsight is perfect for taking it anywhere you go. It’s revolutionary and is going to provide you the peace of mind of seeing where you cannot always be.