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Nothing beats opening the box from our dye manufacturer and getting to make the first sets of our new styles!...
Nothing beats opening the box from our dye manufacturer and getting to make the first sets of our new styles! Seeing the sketches come to life and playing around with new layouts and color combinations really is a ton of fun. You never quite know how these things will come to life, and it's so rewarding when the finished product is even better then you had hoped. In addition to the fabulous new looks we are building, we are also...
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Why Barrel Racing Stinks

I’m not going to lie to you. There are those days when it just doesn’t seem worth it. Those days...
I’m not going to lie to you. There are those days when it just doesn’t seem worth it. Those days when my “non-horse” friends are snuggled up in their nice warm houses while I’m out cleaning stalls and doctoring horses in 10 degree weather. There’s something to be said for a boat or a snowmobile that you can leave parked for 9 months out of the year. There’s also something to be said for the fact that your boat won’t...
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Scamper: The End of an Era

What makes a champion? What is that special ingredient that sets some so far above the rest? Is it physical...
What makes a champion? What is that special ingredient that sets some so far above the rest? Is it physical greatness, determination, dedication...? No. It's heart. And you can't measure, predict, buy, or replicate that. My heart dropped last Wednesday when I read that the 10 time World Champion, 10 time Rodeo Houston winner, and winner of over $1 million in lifetime earnings had died. My heart dropped to hear that Scamper had died. There's really no way to fully...
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You Just Can't Argue With Stupid

I was at a show awhile back, and walked up to help two ladies who were shopping in our booth. They...
I was at a show awhile back, and walked up to help two ladies who were shopping in our booth. They were pleasant and we were discussing what colors would look good on her new horse. A few minutes into the conversation one of the ladies informs her friend that while it's pretty, she shouldn't buy this "fancy" tack as it weighs way too much and will slow her horse down. I politely informed her that it actually doesn't weigh as...
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Attention Lady Gagas

I love creative people. I love the courage it takes to be an unconventional visionary in a sea full of people...
I love creative people. I love the courage it takes to be an unconventional visionary in a sea full of people just trying to fit in. I respect people willing to take a risk to express themselves. Who doesn't have even the slightest fascination with Lady Gaga? She's a total freak. And yet you can't stop watching. She's dripping with self confidence and enthusiasm, performing in hideously bold outfits full of shock value, and she owns every second of it. And...
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What's In Your Wallet?

By the time you read this I will be en route to the best sourdough on the planet. 500 miles...
By the time you read this I will be en route to the best sourdough on the planet. 500 miles might seem like a long ways to go for this, but it's been 5 years since I've had a fresh, warm sourdough bowl filled with clam chowder from Boudin bakery in San Francisco, and tomorrow I get to go back. If you've been there, you get it. This will be my daughter's first trip to S.F. and I can't wait...
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If You Can't Say Something Nice, Don't Say Anything ...

Facebook. What a blessing and what a curse. This year, Dodge awarded $20,000 truck vouchers to all event winners at...
Facebook. What a blessing and what a curse. This year, Dodge awarded $20,000 truck vouchers to all event winners at the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo. That's $160,000 in vouchers. Wow. Shortly after this rodeo, I had the unfortunate opportunity to stumble on a Facebook post from someone congratulating all RNCFR winners, and telling them to essentially throw their vouchers away and buy ANY other brand truck besides Dodge. Ford, Chevy...anything but Dodge! Now this person happens to be fairly...
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How We Roll

When I was 17 I had a job doing telemarketing for an insurance company in Vancouver, WA. I was that...
When I was 17 I had a job doing telemarketing for an insurance company in Vancouver, WA. I was that annoying person who called during dinner to offer you a "Free quote on your Auto or Home Owners insurance." The job paid good (for a high school kid), the hours were flexible, and that's where the positive part ends. My boss smelled like B.O., the other employees were middle aged women with bad hair who showed up to work with...
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How to Make the Blacklist

Better buckle up for this one! Of the thousands of amazing customers we have had the pleasure of dealing with...
Better buckle up for this one! Of the thousands of amazing customers we have had the pleasure of dealing with over the years, there are unfortunately a few that have stood out as less then ideal, and so for those select individuals we have created a small Blacklist. If any of these "stories" you read below sound familiar to you, it's because they are about you. I will leave out names to protect the guilty. Customer #1 calls in 3...
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Why Heritage Brand Won't Sponsor Your Barrel Race

Requests for event sponsorship come to us on a daily basis, and I'm proud to say that our typical response...
Requests for event sponsorship come to us on a daily basis, and I'm proud to say that our typical response is No. And while you may be thinking, why is she proud to say that? Isn't that kind of harsh? Well, here's why it is not. While we rarely agree to sponsor events for local barrel clubs or associations, we gladly sponsor events whose proceeds go towards charitable causes. And when I say proceeds, I mean 100% of the proceeds...
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A Tale of Two Tack Companies

Those are just a couple of the questions you may have asked yourself recently after discovering the launch of Heritage...
Those are just a couple of the questions you may have asked yourself recently after discovering the launch of Heritage Brand. So, to clarify this recent addition, I thought I would shed some light on the situation for those of you who may be a little confused. Luan's Leathers has had shops in two locations, Vancouver, WA. and Bend, OR. since 2004. Each shop manufactures their own unique tack lines and products, but we sold them all under one name,...
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Spring Cleaning Anyone?

Well, it's that time of year again! At least that's what they tell me. As I write this I am...
Well, it's that time of year again! At least that's what they tell me. As I write this I am looking out the window at a winter wonderland of white, but the weather man assures me it will warm up today, and I'm hopeful I will be out riding in a nice damp arena later today. At any rate, it seems to be this time every year that I inventory my tack room, bringing in anything that needs to get...
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