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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.

Earn Cash Back with Ariat!

Now through December 24th, 2018 Ariat is giving you cash back when you spend $99 or more on any Ariat product! Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for someone else you can earn up to $50 back on your Ariat purchases.

Ariat Cash Back Mail-In Rebate

This is an in store only event and excludes all on-line purchases.  Ariat boots, jeans, shirts, wallets, belts, and baseball caps all qualify for this mail-in rebate from Ariat for 2018!

Don’t delay and stock up on your favorite Ariat products for Christmas. Start your search for him or her on our website and then come see us at Al-Bar Ranch. Don’t forget we’ve added additional Sunday hours from 1 pm – 5 pm now through December 23rd, 2018.


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).

Start Searching Now

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

New 2018 Limited Edition Breyer Horses

The Fall Limited Edition Breyer horses and general release horses are starting to be teased by Breyer. Below you’ll find two horses, Prism & Nevermore. These two horses are Limited Edition horses that are sure to disappear quickly.

As always we are limited in the quantity we can get from Breyer and we will be offering a pre-order on both at a later date. Check back here or follow us on Facebook to get a heads up on the pre-order because once our allocated quantities are gone we will be unable to get any more.

Limited Edition Breyer Horse – Nevermore (Sold Out)

Breyer Horse Nevermore (2018 Halloween Horse)

Nevermore is 2018’s Breyer Halloween Horse and reference’s Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven”. This Breyer is salted to release mid-August, but as always could suffer from delays.

Limited Edition Breyer Horse – Prism

Breyer Horse Prism

Prism is Breyer’s newest decorator model and is quite eye catching with lots of color all displayed on a very popular mold. We do not have a clear release date from Breyer on this but is showcased with their fall release which is typically around the middle of August/first of September.

Order Prism Here

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!

Local Shows

We’ve had quite a few people asking about local shows. Currently we are still waiting on Show Bills for the shows that are scheduled here. The only for sure, scheduled shows are in August. Once we have those show bills we will get them posted both here and on our Facebook page.

For now though we’re posting show bills that have been brought into the store. The first is Buchanan Westerners Riding Club. Picture below or you can go to their website which is linked to download a copy yourself.

Buchanan Westerners Show BillShow Bills for Buchanan Westerners ShowsSecond we have Stateline Stables Buckle Series Shows. Again the show bill is show below and for more information you can go to their website which is linked as well.

Stateline Stables Show Bill

Boot Trade In Sale – April 13th-30th

Get Up to $25 during Boot Trade In Sale

Worn Out Cowboy BootsStarting April 13th and running through the end of the month turn your old boots into cash! Trade your old, unwanted, beat-up/destroyed boots toward a new pair and get up to $25 toward a new pair. Yes, you read that correctly. Bring a pair of boots of any condition in April 13th-30th and receive up to $25 toward a new pair.

Like the picture above, your boots can be falling apart, have holes in the soles, be held together by duct tape, or just not fit and we’ll give you a discount toward a new pair!

This is a once a year opportunity for you to save on all the newest spring and summer boots! You’ll find over 1500 pairs of boots in-stock from companies like Ariat, Justin, Laredo, Dan Post, Noble Outfitters, and Double H. This is your only chance to save additionally on current sale boots. During the event you can use the $25 off of sale priced boots, new boots, or special orders.

Finally keep in mind this is a limited time opportunity and will run April 13th through April 30th only and cannot nor will be extended!

Trade-In Details

When you trade in a pair of boots you will receive $25 off a pair of new boots priced at $125 and up. If the boots are under $125, you’ll receive $10 off the boots, including all children’s boots. Boots must be traded in to receive this offer. No exceptions. This offer can be applied toward multiple boots. For example: if you want to purchase three pairs of boots you can get $25 off each pair as long as you trade-in three different pairs of used boots. The discount is limited to $25 or $10 on each pair you purchase.

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!

 

Complete a Quick Survey and receive a discount coupon!

WESA Market Floor

This is just one of three different buildings housing hundreds of Western and English companies for retailers to purchase from.

Al-Bar Product/Company Survey

Give us your opinion on New Western and English Companies

Every January we attend the Western and English Sales Association (WESA) market. This is an opportunity for us to see hundreds of new products from many of our vendors. It also provides us the chance to see several other companies that are either new or that we do not have regular salesman for. This is where you come in!

Before we head to the WESA market in January of 2018 we want to gauge your interest in companies we currently do not carry. Below you’ll find a link to a quick 3-4 minute survey asking just a few questions about companies we have been asked about over the years. We’ll leave the survey open until December 30th so you all have plenty of time to complete it. This will give us a chance to see all of your responses and consider if there is sufficient interest to add companies.

We also want to reward you for taking the time to complete the survey. So at the end of the survey you will find a box to enter your email address. When you enter your email address we’ll send you a coupon come January once the survey has closed. The coupon will be good for a one time use until the end of February. Thank you!

Turnout Blankets to keep your Horse Dry and Warm

Cold weather is approaching and if you haven’t yet thought about how to keep your horse warm and dry, you soon will be. As soon as the first real cold snap happens winter turnout blankets will be snatched up quickly, making it difficult to find every size and style shown below. Below you’ll see all of our styles along with a brief description and a link (picture) to the blanket where you can quickly order the one you need.

If your not sure how to measure for a winter blanket check out our blanket measuring guide as well as our guide as to when to blanket your horse.

Each blanket offers different weight in fill (grams) as well as outer shell strength (denier). The higher the fill the warmer the blanket. The higher the shell strength the stronger it is vs a destructive horse. You’ll find both listed as well as a quick list of features each blanket offers. If you click on the pictures it’ll take you to a product page with more information about each blanket.

2017/2018 Winter Turnout Blankets

Weatherbeeta Foal Turnout Blankets

Weatherbeeta Foal Turnout Blankets

  • 220 gram fill
  • 1200 denier shell
  • Single strap buckle front closure
  • Size Range: 36 – 51

Saxon Medium Turnout BlanketsSaxon – Medium Turnout Blankets

  • 180 gram fill
  • 600 denier shell
  • Shoulder gussets for added easy movement

Weatherbeeta Essential Medium Turnout BlanketsWeatherbeeta ComFiTec Essential Medium Turnout Blankets

  • 220 gram fill
  • 1200 denier shell
  • Extended leg gussets for even greater natural movement

Weatherbeeta ComFiTec Dynamic Medium Turnout Blankets

Weatherbeeta ComFiTec Dynamic Medium Turnout Blankets

  • 220 gram filler
  • 1200 denier shell
  • Extended leg gussets for greater natural movement
  • Memory foam pad at withers to prevent rubbing of mane
  • Ezi-Clip front closure for easy on and off
  • Larger tail flap

Weatherbeeta Detach-a-Neck Medium Turnout Blankets

Weatherbeeta ComFiTec Dynamic Detach-a-Neck Medium Turnout Blankets

  • 220 gram filler
  • 1200 denier shell
  • Extended leg gussets for greater natural movement
  • Memory foam pad at withers to prevent rubbing of mane
  • Ezi-Clip front closure for easy on and off
  • Larger tail flap
  • Detach-a-Neck – blanket can be used with or without neck piece (Velcros on and off)

Pessoa Medium Tunrout Blankets - Plaid Design

Pessoa Medium Turnout Blankets – Plaid Design

  • 180 gram fill
  • 1200 denier shell
  • Shoulder gussets for easier natural movement
  • Patented Exceler closure system for easier on and off

Pessoa Heavy Turnout Blankets - Plaid DesignPessoa Heavy Turnout Blankets – Plaid Design

  • 300 gram fill
  • 1200 denier shell
  • Shoulder gussets for easier natural movement
  • Patented Exceler closuree system for easier on and off

Noble Outfitter Gardsman Turnout Blankets

Noble Outfitters Guardsman Heavy Turnout Blankets

  • 340 gram fill
  • 1800 denier shell
  • Extended shoulder gussets allowing for the greatest movement
  • Patent pending 360 quick connect system – allowing for easy clipping and un-clipping no matter the weather
  • Memory foam wither pad to aid in comfort and protect the mane from rubbing
  • Reflective piping for easy finding in dark lighting