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January 22, 2020 posted by Content Admin

No matter what style or theme you have planned for your dream wedding, there’s a chance that you will be saying your vows under a pergola or arch. If you’re struggling to come up with the perfect wedding pergola decor for your special day, take a look at this list of nine ways to decorate a pergola for your wedding.

Flowers

Easily one of the most traditional approaches to wedding pergola decor, you can’t go wrong with flowers.

Rose Bouquet

Flowers on your wedding arch tie into the...

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January 20, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


If you’ve ever dreamed of cashing in on the summer camp business and want to put together the perfect experience for campers and counselors alike and offer a program and property that will impress even the most discerning parents, then the world of modular construction offers a quick and efficient solution that can meet your operational timeline.

Horse Back Riding Kids

If you already run a summer camp, smartening up your...

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January 20, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Finding the time and energy to complete all the tasks on a Honey-Do list can be elusive. Even with the best of intentions and efforts to work diligently through the list of assignments, there exists a strange phenomenon where the Honey-Do list seems to magically grow. As horse owners and their families know, the endless requests from a spouse or partner to complete chores doesn’t stop at the front door of the household, it extends outside.

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January 7, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Shopping for a new horse barn is such fun. When you choose to make your new horse barn dream a reality, the buying process should be straightforward and the experience pleasurable. Naturally there are lots of things to think about when you design a horse barn, and every factor is important. At first glance the choice of siding materials may appear a mundane task. But siding selection matters more than you might think.

Horse Barn

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January 7, 2020 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


When you make a significant financial investment in a new horse you probably wouldn’t undertake the purchase without a pre-purchase exam and a clearly worded bill of sale. Why should buying a new horse barn be any different?

Horse Teeth Check up

Just as you want to know the horse you are buying is sound for your purpose, you want to be certain that your new horse barn is sound for your needs. It must be of sturdy build with...

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December 27, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


When it comes to horse ownership folks are often caught between budget dilemmas and tussles with time management. Here are the top five things to gift your horse, and yourself, to make the very best of your horse ownership experience by improving your horse's mental and physical health.

1. Freedom Of Movement Makes Life Better

Horse in Snow

For a creature of such size with a genetic predisposition to roam and graze,...

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December 16, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith with Jill Siragusa


Your new horse barn is on the horizon and you are eager to get started designing and figuring out the price. For most of us, realizing the dream of buying a horse barn is something that we have waited a long time to achieve, and the purchasing process should be fact-filled, financially feasible and, above all, FUN!

Finance Planning

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December 15, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Most folks think use of the General Services Administration (GSA) as being limited to the Federal government. In fact, many State and local government agencies can benefit from using the GSA contract option. A streamlined purchasing process with vetted product pricing for competitive cost, makes the GSA contract a useful program for a myriad of equestrian and animal related government tasks.

GSA

With the wide range of structures...

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December 13, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Whether you are a professional in the horse breeding business or a trainer or owner that occasionally feels the urge to have a mare in foal and foal out your next competition prospect, when it comes to horse housing for breeding stock it is wise to keep these tips in mind when building your horse barn.

Horse Breeding

As a recent retiree from the horse breeding business (after 25 happy years!), I have been directly involved in designing...

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November 20, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Winter is around the corner but it’s not too late to get prepped with a quick cleanup of your barn and paddocks. If you live in a hot climate then preparations will not be the same as those tasks your fellow equestrians in the colder regions of the country face, but a good fall clean up is beneficial for all barns regardless.

Clean The Barn From Floor To Rafter

If it’s not too cold to use water, the easiest method to clean down...

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November 12, 2019 posted by Content Admin

There is no doubt that painting the exterior of sheds, barns, and other wooden outbuildings not only freshens-up their appearance, but helps them withstand the weather and stay standing longer. The right paint and the right painting techniques will add years to the life of your wooden outbuilding.

A word of warning - if your outbuilding was built prior to 1978, it is highly likely that there is lead-based paint on it. Lead paint test kits are available at your home supply store. If you test and find lead, you will need to hire a professional to remove and dispose of the lead paint...

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October 31, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


When you shop for a new barn it’s important not to let excitement get the better of you and become blinkered instead of looking at the big picture. While many horse trainers and owners are detail oriented regarding anything riding and horse care related, when it comes to buying a new horse barn details that matter may be overlooked.

On the topic of having a 7th sense, i.e. ‘good business sense’, don’t fall short of shopping successfully just because you aren’t minding our p’s and q’s.

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October 15, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


As the seasons rotate and weather changes there is no reason that your canine can’t enjoy the benefits of the kennel all year long. That is if your dog’s abode is properly constructed and designed and not a plastic igloo or hastily thrown together wooden box sitting on a bed of gravel.

Dog Snow

Every season brings its unique challenges. A properly built kennel addresses these issues in the design stage – before the kennel is even...

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October 9, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Notes from Nana Nikki ~ By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Becoming a grandparent is a joyful event that promises lots of fun times ahead for the entire family. Sharing in the new life and making a valuable contribution to your grandchild’s development is rewarding in so many ways. As proud grandma - “Nana Nikki” - I ponder what’s the best gift I could give the new baby aside from the usual mundane items like diapers, a crib, highchair or car seat?

Child Sleeping

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August 20, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Horses and dogs go together on horse farms like peanut butter and jelly. Unfortunately a loose dog can also be a recipe for disaster around equestrian activities.

Dog on a Horse Farm

If you’ve ever ridden a jumping course and had to run out to avoid a dog you see at last minute the other side of the fence, had to halt a lesson with a beginner student because a dog laid down on the outside track of the arena and refused to move or been...

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August 13, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


It’s easy to overlook the reality of having a construction site ongoing for weeks and weeks or even months at a time on a horse farm. New barn structures come in all shapes and sizes, and their build can certainly be a long and arduous task if the work is all completed on site. Barn building projects invite more than a few dangers to the horse owner and the building site can quickly become a noisy nightmare day in day out with a seemingly never-ending horde of horrors that horses and their owners would rather do without.

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August 13, 2019 posted by Content Admin

When you are on the search for a new dog kennel, there are a host of things you must consider before making your buying decision.

Below I am going to cover a few different things you should be thinking about before you buy your new dog kennel. This is to make you aware of a few things perhaps you didn’t think of before. Anyway, let’s get into it!

1. Size

Obviously, size of the kennel is important. You want a kennel where your dog can move around as freely as possible. The kennel should be big enough and wide enough to allow your dog...

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August 9, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


The advantages of a shed row barn are mirrored when you add two together at a right angle for an L-shape barn. Not only are your horses delightfully on show, with their beautiful heads in view as they gaze contentedly out at the horizon while munching on their hay supply, the fresh air is everywhere.

L-Shape Barn

While their minds are kept busy with watching their surroundings, their lungs are being filled with high quality oxygenated...

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July 24, 2019 posted by Content Admin

Blog By Nikki Alvin-Smith


Show season is in full swing and every organizer wants a piece of the action. Recognized shows fight the growing number of schooling shows for competitors, event organizers marshal their volunteers while fairgrounds bring fresh faces to the arena and new types of fixtures are popping up across the country. How do you make your event the one that folks want to attend? How can you make the daily toil better for your team of judges and volunteers?

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July 19, 2019 posted by Content Admin

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