Hi! I’m Tracy Beavers, the founder of The Printable Pony – an equestrian blog and Etsy store with organizing solutions and sewing patterns. I’ve loved horses ever since I was a kid, and from the very first riding lesson I ever took, I was hooked. I’m a full-time marketing and communications professional from Central Ohio and ride at 100+ acre boarding facility outside of Columbus; it’s an amazing facility and I consider many of the boarders and staff my extended family!
As a working adult amateur trying to find success in the hunter/jumper show ring, I enjoy sharing my challenges and triumphs with my two horses: Niko -- my new show horse who I purchased in December 2017 – is a 4 year old Westphalian gelding and Moiya -- a 19-year-old, semi-retired off the track Thoroughbred mare.
My personal style is a blend between traditional hunter and modern technology – my favorite items are classic, yet functional.
#MindYourMelon with Samshield
Safety is my number one priority and you’ll never see me riding without my helmet! After getting my first concussion last summer where a helmet probably saved my life, I’m even more in love with Samshield – they provide great protection, are very comfortable and the removable, washable liner is a great feature.
Ego7 Tall Boots
I searched for a long time to find a pair of tall boots that fit me, looked great in the show ring yet are durable enough to wear every day. I tried on every brand of off-the-rack boots I could find and Ego7 by Tucci won. They’re comfortable enough to wear all day long, beautiful in the show ring and durable enough to be worn day in and day out.
Ogilvy Saddle Pad and Half Pad
Good saddle pads are underrated – you don’t notice them until they’re all scrunched up underneath your saddle causing problems. My favorite brand is Ogilvy Equestrian because they’re the perfect thickness and never slide or bunch. I also love Ogilvy’s memory foam half pads – I have one saddle that needs to fit two (very differently shaped!) horses, and Ogilvy makes it possible!
Lots of Treats
There’s one thing I make sure I never run out of: treats! I’m not above bribing my horses for good behavior, so I always make sure to have plenty of treats. From candy canes to watermelon to German Horse Muffins, there’s always something yummy for the horses in my tack box.
It’s so easy to focus on all the things that aren’t going right in riding and in life – you wish your leg was more stable and that your boss would stop micromanaging. As an adult amateur, it’s hard to leave those feelings behind when you mount up. But forcing myself to find the positive in every situation has made me a better rider, friend, employee and person.