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Saturday, November 28, 2020

Holiday Gift Guide

Nameplates never go out of style

WEST CHESTER, Pa.--As it’s been for everyone in 2020, what a long, strange trip it’s been at The Engraver.

Engraver 1For the first time since we started, way back in 1982... no horse shows.

We miss seeing everyone in person!

We’ve been lucky, as an in-home business, we’ve been able to stay open and keep making the nameplates.

We’ve added a few new items this year, including a padded bit bracelet.

Most are pictured on our web site:

The site is not yet finished, because we’ve been lucky enough to have been too busy to work on it. It’s a work in progress.

Many of our Green Hill Collection products are pictured on the Gallery pages.

Engraver 2Please enjoy scrolling all way through (be sure to hit “+ Show More” at the end of each section).

There are a lot of pictures.

The Nameplate section is largely complete.

Nameplates cannot be ordered online.

Engraver 3Because we have so many choices, there’s no form available to check off all the boxes.

So, please call us at 610-430-0123, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to place an order.

If you find the perfect gift, please, give us a call, or send us an email.

We’re usually in the office from 10 to 5 (Eastern Time) on weekdays, or leave us a message, with your phone number, for the best time to call you.

Don’t forget, you might need something special for yourself!


Dr. Cook Bitless Bridle allows gentle control

Can your horse benefit for riding in a Dr. Cook Bitless Bridle?

Bitless Bridle 4The Dr. Cook Bitless Bridle was developed after years of research.

The design allows gentle effective control with pressure that is distributed evenly around the horses head.

Sometimes when you just can't find a bit that works, trying the Dr. Cook Bitless Bridle could be the answer to your problems.

Going Bitless, no matter what discipline you are in (English or Western) ,even for a short period of time, can be like hitting the refresh button on your computer.

Bitless 1Its also great to have a bitless bridle on hand for situations such as being able to ride right after having your horses dental work done, or on long trail rides where they can graze and drink without the nuisance of having a bit in their mouth.

And being able to take the bit away makes sure your horses bad behavior is not related to the bit you are using.

Bitless rightOlder horses with severe tooth loss will be much more comfortable bitless.

Going bitless is great for lesson & therapeutic ridding programs where the rider has not yet developed the skills necessary to ride in a bit.

Transitioning to bitless requires a surprisingly small amount of effort and time, sometimes even in the first ride.

Bitless 2We suggest you start in a small enclosed area (round pen,indoor arena etc).

The Dr. Cook Bitless Bridle is marketed all over the world and used in all disciplines.

Available in English & Western styles starting at $69.95, its easier than ever to go bitless.

It's made in the USA out of premium American materials.

To or call 877-942-4277

The Devon Horse Show Gears Up to Celebrate 125 Years

DEVON, Pa.--While the showgrounds may have been empty for the 2020 Devon Horse Show & Country Fair, the first ever Virtual Devon was an overwhelming success.

Now as 2021 is quickly approaching, everyone at Devon is working their hardest to get ready to celebrate the Show’s 125th Anniversary.

Founded in 1896, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is the oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed show in the country, which today draws fans and competitors from around the globe.

More than 2000 hard-working volunteers come together every year to bring Devon to life; without their help and continued patronage Devon simply could not exist.

Devon 1In light of the events of 2020, the Devon community has set its sights on fundraising for the upcoming year so they can bring you the most quintessentially-Devon anniversary celebration: they’ve introduced the Devon Discount Card, which offers a year of exclusive discounts at 21 different local partners, such as Malvern Saddlery and Vineyard Vines; they’re also working on a yearly giving campaign which will offer exclusive access to the world of Devon; and, of course, the Devon Souvenirs Online Shop is always overflowing with fabulous finds and gifts for the whole family.

For all of Devon’s equestrian fans, the Souvenirs committee has put together a list of their favorite New Arrivals for the Fall/Winter 20/21 season.

First, there’s the Rider Lounge Hoodie ($90, right): You’ll want to live in this equestrian version of the classic hoodie!

Made with a hyper-cozy technical performance fabric and designed in an easy pull-over style, you’ll love the relaxed fit, longer length for extra coverage, and elegant suede details for extra rider inspiration.

Features include front hand-warmer pockets to hold your important stuff, a soft and feminine hood that frames the face, and a hint of metallic shine in “Lucky Shoes” print.

Devon 2Next, the Champion Hooded Sherpa Fleece ($65, left) is perfect for fall days on the farm.

Made out of a moisture-wicking Sherpa fabric, this new-to-Devon style packs both comfort and performance; plus, its sizing is unisex so everyone can find their fit!

Devon 4Now that barns are opening again, stay safe with the Devon Face Masks ($22 for a 2-pack, right): these non-medical masks are made of 100% cotton jersey with adjustable straps.

They’re double layered, fully reversible, machine washable, and have a small logo in the classic Devon Blue.

And if you’re looking to add a little bit of Devon to your home, check out the Champion Reverse Weave Blanket ($60, below): made of the same great reverse weave material that Champion uses for its iconic college sweatshirts, this über-cozy blanket is customized for Devon and comes in the same silver-grey colorway as the beloved Classic Devon Sweatshirt that you’ll find every year at the Souvenirs booth.

To check out all of the items listed above (and so many more New Arrivals like the Dixon Oval Toile Bowtie, League Camo Crew, Blue 84 Fleece Joggers, and Legacy Tye Dye Hat) visit the Devon Souvenirs Online Shop at 3

Shop Eleanor Russell for Exceptional Gifts & Décor with Chester County Flair!

This holiday season, experience shopping like it should be at Eleanor Russell, where you’ll find exceptional gifts and décor for everyone on your list, including your favorite fox lover!

Russell 1In addition to offering the area’s most vast and handsome selection of equestrian-themed gifts & décor, you’ll find exceptional items for entertaining, accents for the home, and more, all with Chester County flair!

Russell 2Whimsical fox creamer pitchers from England, Jack Russell bookends, equestrian-themed pillows, satchels adorned with foxes, and standout hunt-themed barware are just a sliver of the great holiday gifts you’ll find at Eleanor Russell.

Our shop is also a-glow with other great gift-giving items such as Frasier Fir candles, Scottish fudge, artisan teas and bourbon honey, Caswell-Massey artisan soaps & colognes, and a plethora of unique gifts for dog lovers.

This holiday season, shop small, shop extraordinary, shop Eleanor Russell.

Russell 3Visit us online at or stop by our shop, which is nestled in the quaint shopping village located immediately behind Ludwig’s Inn at the intersection of PA Routes 100 and 401.

Complimentary gift wrapping is provided with any purchase.

November/December hours: Mon–Fri, 10-6, Sat, 10-5:30, Sun 12-4. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

For more information, call 610-321-2777, or go to

A fun place to shop - Toll Booth Saddle Shop

The Toll Booth Saddle Shop is the fun place to shop for horse supplies!

Toll Booth 1We carry many unique and different gift items as well as all the brands you know and love.

Such brands as Ovation, Kerrits, Camelot, KL Select, Charles Owen, One K, Ariat, RHC, Tailored Sportsman, Tattini and many more!

Visit our website to see some of the great products we carry.

One of the most unique things we have is a hooded throw.

Toll booth 2It is a luscious fleece blanket that comes with a hood, buttons and pockets.

Use it as a throw, or wear it on those really chilly days.

Great for ringside at those cold horse shows.

Cute horse print fleece.

We sold out last year! Get yours soon.

We also carry Chef Marla’s Spices.

They are delicious and have very creative names.

Look them up in our website.

They come in horse radish flavor, onion, all-purpose spice and more! YUM!!!

Toll booth 3Don’t forget your horse!

Plenty of horse treats in stock .

We carry Pony Pantry, Canterbury Cookies, Manna Pro treats and more.

And of course we have tack, horse blankets, grooming supplies too.

Need to rent a truck? We are also a U-Haul dealer!

We can help with your moving needs as well as your horse needs.

For more information, call 888-615-3473 or go to

Bucks County Saddlery features a November sale of Eastern & Western saddles & bridles

Bucks County Saddlery carries a full line of english tack and apparel and western equipment and boots.

Bucks gift 3All throughout the month of November, shop the fantastic sale on new english and western saddles and bridles.

We have Saddles for all levels of riders including lots of used saddles on consignment.

Our new English saddles include Antares, Toulouse, Pessoa, Prestige, HDR, Wintec, Ovation & Bates. For Western Shopper we have Circle Y, Martin, High Horse, Wintec and Silver Royal.

Bucks gift 1If you have started to shop for the Holidays, we have great gifts include leather purses, belts, winter schooling tights, gloves, jewelry, helmet, winter vests and jackets as well as Breyer Horse Christmas Ornaments and Breyer Collectible models.

We will also be running in store specials through out the holiday season.

Shop early for lay away convenience

Bucks gift 2Our Hours: Tuesday to Friday 12-6 and Saturday 10-5 .

Visit our website,

For more information, call 215-794-5411 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gifts for Bold, Badass Equestrians!

MARE is a celebration of the horse in our modern lives and a destination for well-designed, thoughtfully curated, witty, bold and modern products that reflect our love of, commitment to and respect for horses.

Mare goods 1Our products feature original artwork and patterns with bold, bright colors, inspired by horses and riders in the equestrian community.

Whether you are a rider or simply a lover of horses, MARE products are a way to show the world your love and respect for these incredible animals.

Mare goods 2We celebrate the many ways these animals can transform our human lives by sharing powerful stories of the human-horse connection and we live these values by giving back to our community by supporting numerous non-profit organizations and therapeutic riding programs.

Mare goods 3Shop now and get a leg up on your holiday gift shopping!"

Mre goods 4

Easing Heartache One Bracelet at a Time

Spirithorse Designs Jewelry & Art offers a complete custom experience in keepsake Horse & Pet Hair jewelry.

Spirit Horse 1From our unique one-of-a-kind designs to our lifetime guarantee, we are the leader in personalized wearable memories to keep you heart horse or fur baby with you always.

Designer and creator Angela believes in choices when it comes to keepsake jewelry.

Spirit Horse 2She creates a personalized, custom experience and offers an amazing amount of options, such as beads, charms, hand-made pendants, and more, to capture the essence of your beloved horse or pet.

Are you ready to get started on your own piece of custom jewelry?

Shop at and create your own today!


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Avilord, a charming book about a young racehorse

WEST CHESTER, Pa.--This delightful book written for children of all ages tells the story, in his own words, of a racehorse from his birth.

PUNCH 3Avilord tells how he was raised from a foal to a racehorse.

Born on a farm in southern Chester County, Avilord tells of how much he loved his mother and how nervous he was when he was separated from her when he was a weanling.

Avilord says he soon learns to love the man that feeds him and begins to teach him to lead, breaks him to a saddle and first gets on him.

Avilord 2The he is suddenly torn from all he knows and finds himself at a big barn with lots of other horses.

But the man he knows and has learned to trust is still there, so he settles in to learn his new job.

The book carries him through training to his first race.

PUNCH 4Avilord is available on Amazon as a Kindle and will soon be available in paperback.

A great stocking stuffer and something for kids to read after all the toys are ripped open.


Nancy Baldwin has a new line of great gifts for Holiday giving

DALTON, Pa.--Windland Farm, Art and Antiques, was born from a childhood self-taught hobby of painting.

Baldwin 1aI have had a lifelong involvement with animals; horse showing, foxhunting, breeding and racing thoroughbreds and having rescued donkeys and pot belly pigs as part of the family has given me a wonderful array of subjects.

Lately, I have done a spin off - A NEW GIFT LINE OF SUEDE PILLOWS AND TOTES, LEATHER CHECKBOOK/WALLET COVER, AND FLOOR CLOTHS ETC - by utilizing some of my favorite artwork.

Wait until you see!!

During college I supplied Bonwit Tellers in New Y0rk City with my wildlife custom needlepoint canvases.

Baldwin 2aShortly after, I created my own “Foxpoint “needlepoint shop.

Simultaneously, I was doing custom art and antiques for M.J. Knoud on Madison Avenue and the Paolo Gucci Haberdashery, both in New York City, to accentuate their window displays.

My professional life course changed when I was offered a position for the administrator of the criminal court for my county.

Because animals and art were always a constant and compelling force, I decided to “take the leap” and turn my pastime and passion into a full time business from my farm in Pennsylvania.

Baldwin 3aI have been shown wonderful support from my loyal friends and customers.

My participation at the Devon and Pennsylvania National Horse Shows for the past 30 years has been a joy.

I would love to do custom work of your dog, horse, sporting scene, or portrait of your favorite person, etc.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me and we can discuss any other ideas you might have.

My new gift line of suede totes and pillows make great gifts too!

Baldwin 4aThere are many more designs - Jack Russells, Corgi's, Bits/Stirrup Surcingles Design, Donkey and Pony and PonyTotes.

Hope to hear from you.

For more information, call Cell # 570-702-4375 or Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Delightful children's books and illustrated notes and greeting cards by Mollie Eckelberry

Youngsters on your list will love MOLLIE ECKELBERRY'S "The Planting Fields Fox, a beautifully illustrated book that introduces children to some of the beauties of Planting Fields Arboretum on Long Island as told by the antics of a fox family.

jumping sm.jpgMollieAvailable on are other favorties by Eckelberry, including "The Foxes of Kirby Hill," "Vest Pocket Farm," "The Cat Burgler of Castor Bay" and "Willa."

For the adults on your list, there are  many wonderful illustrations.

cat burglerItems include a line of note and greeting cards, illustrated in her distinctive style with steeplechasers, farm animal, domestic animals, horses, wildlife, birds and even a mouse.

Molli 4Mollie Eckelberry Eckelberry also has shopping lists available with various illustrations, including one with a delightful picture of a fox.

Her animal illustrations are particularly enchanting with wonderful expressiveness.

She has wonderful note and greeting cards illustrated with kittens and cats, a Christmas "deer" dog, owls, mice and other enchanting animals, and all of them come with envelopes.

Find these one of a kind gifts on her website,, or for more information can 516-922-2229.


Your horse will love MistyMints!!

MistyMints - "The Peppermint infused Sugar Treat" - the perfect gift for your horse this holiday season!!

Mints 1Handcrafted with love and careful attention to quality ingredients with every handmade treat we produce for that special horse and their horse-loving friends.

Choose from our regular varieties of Peppermint, Sweet Apple, Krazy for Karrots, or our sweet and salty, Dani's Delights.....and now we also have our holiday flavors of "Candy Cane" and "Gingerbread" during this special time of year.

mints 2All are sold in our 100 percent recyclable containers too.

Learn about the Original Misty on our website - our inspiration and face of MistyMints!!

Order online now for the holidays for ease and convenience.

Mints 4Save more with online specials.!!

mints 3To see more, go to

Pughtown Agway has it all for the Holidays and every day

SPRING CITY, Pa.--Pughtown Agway is a farm, feed, and garden center, located in Spring City, Pa.

Pughtown 1Our farm store and garden center covers all of your holiday needs.

We carry all of the essentials including wreaths, roping, poinsettias, as well as Christmas trees in over 10 different varieties including Frazier-Douglas firs.

Pughtown 3aWe also offer a large assortment of holiday gifts including many handcrafted pieces by local artisans right here in Chester County.

There is something unique for everyone from your equine, bird, and pet enthusiasts to your avid gardeners.

In addition to our gift selection, we carry a vast assortment of locally sourced food, perfect for the holidays.

All of the food products sold in our store are supplied by local businesses, all within half an hour of our store’s location.

We stock products from the following local businesses; Conebella Farm Cheese, Why Not Farm’s beef, Eden Valley Farm’s beef, Kolbs Dairy, San Marco’s Pasta, Nancy’s Heavenly Treat’s nut rolls, Julia’s Tamales, and more!

Pughtown 2aPughtown Agway has deep roots in its community being the local feed mill and general store for over 100 years.

We are proud to support our local farms and businesses through our store and look forward to serving you and your family through this holiday season.

Pughtown 4aFor more information, call 610-469-9238 or check us out online at:

Give the holiday gift that keeps on giving…hay! From Hay Pillow

Hay Pillow® slow feed hay bags are available in a variety of models for use on the ground, hanging & horse trailer mangers.

Hay Pillow 1The perfect slow feed solution for horses, donkeys, mules, goats, alpacas and other barnyard buddies.

What makes Hay Pillows so unique?

Offering 4 mesh sizes (3/4”, 1”, 1 1/4” and 1 1 3/4”) depending on your companion’s patience level.

Hay pillow 2Hay Pillows® are easy to load and our closures do not allow ANY access to hay other than the netting.

Perfect for at home use and travel.

Proudly made in the USA.

Hay pillow 3Our netting is custom made and mounted on the square, so the opening size stays consistent regardless of how full the bag is.

Featuring a solid back: minimizing wasted hay and prevents it from blowing away.

Hay pillow 4Heads down, the best slow feed choice...the Standard and Mini Hay Pillows® are the only slow feed hay bags designed for use on the ground with a solid back (for barefoot individuals); allowing your barnyard buddies to eat in a natural grazing position and encourage movement!

See our video to learn more about Hay Pillows®, visit our website at or call us at 888-489-0022 to speak to an expert.

Happy Holidays!

Order your New Horse & Donk Coloring Book now for holiday gift giving

DOWNINGTOWN, Pa.--Attention all Horse and Donkey lovers!!

Ginny 1aGet ready to have some fun and allow your creativity to flow with this new coloring book, created by our own Ginny Jenkins and Heather Mullen.

These artistic ladies pooled their resources – Ginny by taking the photography of horses and donks and Heather recreating them with layouts for people of all ages to color in.

It’s their HORSES AND DONKS Coloring Book, and the First Edition will be available mid-November for holiday gift giving.

Ginny 2 aPony clubbers on up thru adults alike will love it!

There are all kinds of fun pages of horses and donks up close or doing what they do best in different situations with hidden fun little messages on each page.

Color them all “just for the fun of it!” Any horse or donkey lover (teen to adult) will thoroughly enjoy these 31 pages to color.

.The Limited first edition book retails for $7.95 for local pick up’s (+ tx & S/H = $10 total for mail in orders).

Ginny 3aPlease Call 610-873-4042 or email Ginny for specifics at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last year Ginny also introduced a fun book of photos and quips and quotes from Mother Nature and the animals called ‘THE WORLD IS JUST NUTS!”

How appropriate is this title?

This book retails for $14.95 to pick up or ($17.95 with tax and S/H for mail orders).

Ginny 4aThe inspirational messages inside are also meant for Pony Clubbers on up.

YOU CAN FIND THIS BOOK AT ELEANOR RUSSELL GIFT SHOP IN LUDWIG'S CORNER, CREEKSIDE ANTIQUES IN DOWNINGTOWN, PUGHTOWN AGWAY, EQUIESTRIAN INTERNATIONAL IN NEW HOLLAND or email Ginny with your order at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or purchase via PayPal-sending payment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Both are great stocking stuffers for any animal lover on your list! 


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Advertising Director: Ginny Jenkins

Marketing Manager: Heather Mullen

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