Saddles N’ Such Has New Owner
Saddles N Such is one of the few places where one can purchase used tack and riding clothing on consignment. She plans to continue offering the “turnover tack and togs,” keeping an ample selection in stock.
Fara will be taking on some new lines in the store, for example, Noble Outfitters; Horze Equestrian; Lo-Ride of California equestrian wear; Parlanti boots; and Samshield riding helmets. She already sells IRH and Troxel helmets. She has Shires Equestrian Products for horse and rider, plus Devon-Aire. She plans to pick up the Kerrits line and has Stirrups line of clothing. She’ll be adding Kelly Herd fine western jewelry and just got in a shipment of 5A Baker Blankets to keep your horse cozy.
Fara grew up in Collierville, TN and started riding in the Germantown area, training with Phoebe Sheets and Dave Pellegrini. She has returned as a resident in Germantown, but in the intervening years, she traveled extensively and worked at a number of hunter/jumper stables around the country. She worked for Helen Goddard in Colts Neck, NJ; for Vic Russell at Ly-Nard Hills Farm in Columbus, NC, where she was on the road 22 weeks out of the year campaigning horses; she had her own Pathway Stables in Collierville; and she worked for Kathy and Gerry Newman when they were in Upperville, Virginia. Their Allwyn Court Farm is now located in Wellington, Florida.
Leaving the hunter/jumper riding and training world for a while, Fara went back to graduate school “to train for a real job,” she said. She already had a Bachelors degree in medical technology and she received her Masters in health care administration. For the last 6 ½ years she has worked for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as an electron microscopy specialist. But now the store will garner her full time attention.
Her husband Chad collects antique hunt whips, sandwich cases, horns, and other hunt accoutrements. He can tell you all about the British craftsmen and their companies who made the whips, horns, and accessories, and he knows all their hallmarks. It’s like consulting an expert on Antique’s Roadshow! “He has definitely done his research in that area!” Fara said.
Her daughter Kiersten, age 13, competes in the Low Children’s Jumpers and trains at Oak Crest Farm with Jane Olsen. She competes on Riff Raff, a 14 year-old bay OTT Thoroughbred. She competed in the Low division all season and just moved up to the High division at the Harvest Time show.
Fara plans to keep the name and the location and continue the store as an equestrian boutique and tack shop. “I hope to continue the Saddles N’ Such tradition that so many have come to know and love for another generation of equestrians,” she said. You can still reach the store at: (901) 754-7452.
She has plans for remodeling and an Official Grand Opening in 2015. On December 6, 2014 she will host an Open House with the Noble Outfitters representative available, refreshments, door prizes, and giveaways.
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