Tips for Trophy Buckle Cleaning

It’s been eight years since I won my last – and favorite – buckle.

2012 Western National Finals

I was showing Kahluas Fancy CD, “Baby”, at the Western National Finals in Reno, NV. I remember knowing my score in the first round, and being bumped out of the finals by the last horse. I had picked up our arena bag and was in the middle of unbooting at the stall when I heard over the loud speaker, “Holly Wilson, please report to the main arena.”

You’ve never seen a girl move so fast. We trotted back in and went straight to the announcer. And would you believe it – they had a score change after a review and we were in the finals. Woo-hoo!

After our second run, we ended up in seventh. Which to me, might as well have been the championship. This was our first show on a national level, and we showed up.

Tips for Trophy Buckle Cleaning

Since this buckle – including all the others – is so special to me, I like to keep it clean and shiny. Here are some brief tips:

Tools of the Trade

  • A dirty buckle
  • Jewelry cleaner for silver items (I like the Grandma’s Jewelry Cleaner)
  • Old toothbrush

How To

  1. Spray the jewelry cleaner onto the buckle
  2. Gently scrub in circular motions
  3. Once you’ve sufficiently scrubbed, rinse with water
  4. Pat dry
  5. Ta-da!

Please remember that I’m not a professional, but I do clean a pretty nice buckle. If you have questions about caring for your buckles, you could always reach out to the buckle company who created it! Their name or logo is generally on the back.

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Custom Horse Tack

If you’ve been thinking about treating yourself to a custom tack set: do it.

I’m on my second custom set from Double K Leather Works (not endorsed, I just love her work) and let me tell you, it’s a lot more fun having something completely custom and uniquely you.

How many times will I pull up to a show and see 10 other horses wearing the exact same thing? Zero.

And for me, part of the fun is working with a leather artist to create the perfect piece. This one pictured is supposed to be my horse show set, but, as you can see, I love it too much to let it collect dust in the trailer.

I also have a custom halter for miss Getta, which is actually quite durable.

The common misconception for me (before finding unicorn, Kira) was that custom wasn’t as high quality. If it isn’t mass-produced, how do I know it’s built correctly? Boy, what a mistake!

All of my custom tack has help up the same, if not better, than anything I’ve purchased from a big brand. You can see the care in each detail and every stitch, and that really makes each custom piece quite special.

And even when I’ve eventually worn them all out, each piece will have permanent residency in my collection.

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