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Monday, December 14, 2009
TheTrickedOutHorse.com's Lisa Barone - Part 1!
Barrel racer, soon-to-be mother and bride-to-be Lisa Barone has had a lot on her plate this past year, but none of that has stopped her from producing some of the most eye-catching tack and western accessories east of the Mississippi. Her company, The Tricked Out Horse, offers more to barrel racers than the simple bling headstalls and breast collars. From her wide selection of hides to her poker-chip conchos, Barone and The Tricked Out Horse bring an outlaw edge to tack world.
What products do you offer?
We offer headstalls, breastcollars, tripping collars, tie-down nosebands, bronc halters, belts, spur straps, dog collars, buckle purses, diaper bags, gear/clothes bags and misc. items such as crosses, drink coozies and coaster, over-and-unders and stirrup hobbles. Basically we can make virtually anything.
Why are your products different from other lines out on the market?
Most lines are custom, and all our work is made from scratch. I have come up with some styles that haven't been touched on yet. Plus I let the customers come up with their own design and make it to their specifications
Who is your target market and why?
I have a wide range of market from Show to Rodeo. My dog collars for instance are sought after by many being that it is my own design and there aren't any like them on the market.
What is your inspiration for your work?
I'm a very creative, artistic and competitive person. I like to be the best at all I do as well as I like having satisfied customers. Happy customers are repeat customers.
When did you start making tack/belts/etc.?
2005 What is the price range for a headstall/breastcollar set?
How can readers of The Barrel Racing Blog get a hold of your products?
I am just starting a new life in Boulder, Colo., with my dog, boyfriend and our three horses. I'm the assistant editor at Horse & Rider Magazine, where I do a little bit of everything – from writing the Conformation Clinic to making sure everyone else gets paid to updating our Facebook page.
I'm a barrel racer, and I also like to run a set of poles every once and awhile. On any given weekend, you can find me at a barrel race, rodeo or team roping. My significant other is a header, so when I give in and skip a barrel race I let him go rope!
I also really like to watch a great pleasure horse, reining horse or halter horse, and I love a great ride through the woods. (This is something I'm sort of giving up as I move to the high-desert/mountain region, so I should say that I do love a good ride through the mountains!)
I graduated from Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism in the Honors Tutorial College, and I do love my old college town of Athens, Ohio, with all of my heart. Originally, I'm from a small town called Vandergrift, Pa., and I have a wonderful loving family who all call Vandergrift home and whom I miss dearly.