Fun In The Sun: Sunshine Classic

What is not to love about sunshine and warmth in the month of March?  For those of us here at the office (Oklahoma), we were more than happy to pack up and head west to Cave Creek, AZ for a weekend.

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We were greeted by the warm Arizona sun and clear skies.  Our give away trailer had made its way out a couple of weeks prior with Randy Stamper.  By Thursday morning Dynamite Arena was crawling with team ropers from all over.  They were all there for one thing; The Western Horseman Sunshine Classic.

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The event was host to more than 100 team ropers over the age of forty the year prior.  The winners of the 2016 roping took home $10,000 each along with a brand new Martin saddle.  If that were all they took home, they would have made a haul.  However the prizes didn’t end there.  The winners then faced off to determine the winner of the two horse trophy trailer that was up for grabs.

This year was no different.  There was still big money up for grabs and this year that trophy trailer was a Hart Trailer.  These ropers were back for a great roping, a great time, and big winnings.  They were hungry.

This year the prizes consisted of a 75% payback, Martin trophy saddles, Gist buckles, YETI’s, Professional Choice saddle pads, and a brand new, beautifully wrapped, two horse Hart trailer.

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Though the sun was out there was a bit of a breeze.  It was chilly for those of us on the ground but I’m sure it had to be a welcomed relief for those who were right in the middle of the action.

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For those of us working the show, well you could hardly call it work.  For us, we were right in the middle of our people.  It seemed like everyone had a smile on their face.  The atmosphere was something that cannot be found everywhere.  Dynamite Arena was an excellent host and the event went off without any hiccups.

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We had the opportunity to watch some incredible athletes.  The kind with two legs and the kind with four.  By early afternoon we were crowning our champs and sending them home with some of the very best prizes and products in the industry.

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We would like to congratulate all of the winners from the event and give a special congratulations to Rick Shepard who took home the Hart trophy trailer.

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A big thanks goes out to Western Horseman and Dynamite Arena for such an incredible experience and a wonderful event.  We were glad to team up with all of the other sponsors and take part in the Sunshine Classic.

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Here at the office we are happy to be home but that’s not to say we wouldn’t like some of that Arizona sunshine to head this way.

Until next time,

-You Hart Team

The Man Who Raised Hart Trailers

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Anthony Hart.  A name recognized by many in an industry where names come and go just as quickly as the latest fads.  Anthony Hart along with his wife Kay Hart, are responsible for nearly five decades of growing, raising, and nurturing a brand loved by so many.  Mr. and Mrs. Hart have raised three daughters along with a company that might as well have been the fourth.

Here at Hart we are approaching the celebration of fifty years of manufacturing quality horse trailers.  Fifty years in any industry is something to be recognized.  Fifty years in an industry that is so easily and directly effected by the direction of the wind is even more incredible.  Over the next few months we will be taking you into the very heart of this amazing company.  We know that we would not be where we are today without our incredible customers that are also our friends and our family.  We have so much in store for you and we cannot wait to share!  Part of that journey begins here.

A rare walk through the very family tree that is the flesh and blood of a company that so proudly wears the name as a badge of honor, that is visible on every single trailer that we have ever put on the road.

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This morning I set down with Tracy Hart, the daughter of Anthony and Kay Hart.  After decades spent out here herself, Tracy officially took the reins in 2010.  Being the daughter of a couple who worked hard every single day to see their company succeed has come with so many lessons and invaluable tidbits of wisdom that most do not get the opportunity to glean.  I gave Tracy seven questions about her father, Anthony Hart, and asked her to give me her take.  Keep reading to see what she had to say!

How old was your Dad when he became a part of Hart Trailers?

“Dad started when he was 28 in 1968.”

How long did your Dad come into the office every day and the plant?

“For forty-eight years, he was here everyday.”

What hats did your Dad wear in his years at Hart Trailers?

“When dad came here, he did everything with the exception of invoicing and payroll. When we first started there were around seven employees so dad was very hands on.  He sold, welded, trimmed, cut parts, pretty much anything else that needed to be done.  He said “when we first started I had to learn how to build the product and how to develop it into a quality trailer.  I was the new kid on the block and was trying to get the trailers started and put out the best trailer I could.”.

What do you admire most about your Dad’s approach to his time behind the wheel at Hart?

“I have always admired his attention to detail and building such a quality trailer.  He was always sure that whatever we did at Hart Trailers, we did to the very best of our ability.   The fact that he never took short cuts, which is the reason we have trailers that are thirty to forty years old still going down the road.  He was playfully teased my entire life over the fact that everything had to be ‘industrial strength’.  It didn’t matter if he was hanging a picture on a wall or building a trailer.  It’s that attitude that I carry with me today and will continue to carry with me as long as I’m running this company.  We will always build the very best trailer that we can because it is the standard that my father set and one that I will never let leave this company.”
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What character trait do you think people notice first about your Dad?

“I think people recognize his honesty first and then his kindness and gentleness. He also tends to be a man of few words so when he speaks people tend to listen.”

Are there any funny stories you want to share about your Dad and anything that has happened during his time at Hart?

“I think Dad has always been a very humble man who never saw himself any different than any of his employees.”

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What area of Hart Trailers do you think that Anthony Hart has influenced the most?

“Quality and friendliness. Those two because he would only accept the best for the trailers and friendliness because he always cared and it shows still today in the number of long term employees that we have. “

Thank you Tracy, for taking the time to answer these questions.

 

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Thank you Anthony and Kay for setting such a standard and for laying the groundwork for something that is so much more than just another ‘trailer company’.

For the rest of you, stay tuned and we will definitely have more to come!

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That’s a Wrap!

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Impressions Printing just finished printing and installing this beautiful trailer wrap for us.  This trailer will be given away at this year’s 2017 Western Horseman Sunshine Classic held in Cave Creek Arizona on March 2nd.

In 2016 the Dynamite Arena in Cave Creek, AZ hosted more than one hundred team ropers over the age of forty in a #10 roping.  The winners of that roping each won $10,000 and trophy Martin saddles.  They then faced off to determine the winner of the two horse trophy trailer.

This year, competitors will again be competing for a seventy-five percent payback, Martin trophy saddles, Gist buckles, YETI’s, Professional Choice saddle pads, and a shot at this two horse Hart trailer that will go to the high-money winner!  The second high-money winner will receive a heel-o-matic.

The Sunshine Classic is a #10 with a #8 incentive, that is capped at 6 and open to ropers over 40.  It is a five-steer, progressive after 4 with a $500 entry fee and ropers have the option to enter twice.

Cash and Cactus Saddles will be awarded to the winner of the #8 incentive.  Western Horseman prints will be presented to the top head and heel horses of the roping.  The roping is limited to 200 teams.  Ropers can pre-enter by calling (719)651-3394 or on site.

You can visit www.westernhorseman.com for the information.  Also don’t forget that you can get more information for this event right here on their event page on Facebook!

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Until next time!  We’ll see some of you in Arizona this spring!

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View Event Flyer right here:

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How Much Do You Love Your Hart Trailer?

I work for Hart Trailer.  I also have a Hart Trailer.  Many of you are familiar with my story and others may need a refresher or an introduction.  In April of 2013 I took home my very first Hart Trailer.  It also happened to be the very first horse trailer that I had ever purchased on my own dime.

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Nearly four years later, I’m here to tell you that my trailer is long since paid for and I’d gladly do it again.  It is one of the best investments that I have ever made in my adult life.  Upon placing my order for my custom Hart Trailer I decided to follow it through production and publish a blog in the form of photos and updates on our Facebook page.  Many of you watched right along with me up until the very day that I hooked it up to my 2007 hand-me-down Chevy pick up and drove it home to the farm.

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Fast forward 4 years and I am still just as much in love with my Hart trailer as I was the day I first laid eyes on the finished product.  In the early first couple of years I used my trailer non-stop.  It was like the farm transit for horses, cattle, goats and llamas.  Even a couch and table here and there from time to time.  My schedule is much more hectic these days than it was at the time so now my trailer is parked a bit more than it was a couple of years ago.  I keep it clean and I do take care of it but I love that I don’t have to baby it.  I don’t have to worry about the integrity of my trailer every time I go to hook up.  I can count on it.  If you know my story you know that I was raised to be a Hart Trailer fan.  I don’t really know what it’s like to NOT be a Hart Trailer fan.  I can tell you though that in my 4 short years as a Hart Trailer owner I have become a super fan.

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You know how in your family you see the good, the bad and the ugly?  You know all of the dirty laundry and you know every time your sibling is telling a whopper to some unsuspecting stranger?  Instead of the fish being 1′ long it suddenly grew to 5′ and it took your brother, your two cousins, your uncle and your dad to retrieve it from the water.  Working at Hart, you think that I’d find things that I ‘don’t’ like.  Not big things but just something here and there.  You’d think that I’d see a flaw in the production or in the customer service from time to time.  We’re a tight knit group.  We are family.  I’m here to tell you that working here day in and day out and seeing the through and through integrity that goes into each and every single trailer has only strengthened my belief in the Hart product.  There are no short cuts, there are no holes and I can tell you from witnessing first hand that this group of people will jump through every single hoop they can to take care of their customers.  I’m not telling you this right now from a ‘Hart Employee’ point of view.  I’m telling you this as a ‘Hart Customer’ myself.

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In four years of having my trailer I can honestly say I’ve had zero issues.  Like any trailer it has taken a fair share of bumps and bruises, one of which should have and probably would have totaled a number of other trailers in the same class on the market today.  Hart took care of me like they do any one of their customers and my trailer is as good as new and pulls like a charm.  I rarely go somewhere with my trailer where someone doesn’t comment on it.

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It is nothing fancy, but it is perfect for me and it is from my customer point of view the very best built trailer on the market.  So long as I have a say over it I will never pull anything else because there is no better trailer and no better team of people that I’d want to be standing behind me.  If you are a Hart trailer owner you know that every word that I’m speaking is nothing but true.  Oh, and my horses love it!

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People ask me often what I think of my Hart trailer and I never hesitate to tell them that I love it and that there’s no other trailer I’d rather have.  So if you’re on the fence about a Hart, horse lover to horse lover I say give it a chance.  You’ll never look back.  Even if you did, I hear the resale is pretty nice on them 😉

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Until next time,

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***How much do YOU love YOUR Hart Trailer?  We’d love to hear from you!  Send us your stories and pictures to awilliams@harttrailer.com and let us feature YOU!***

Smart Tack LQ

First we gave to you the Smart Tack.  A tack room unlike any other in the industry.  A tack room and trailer designed just for YOU.  We pride ourselves in putting our customers first.  That means that we see room for improvement in every single concept that we compose.  We think that it is pretty hard to beat the design and efficiency of the Smart Tack trailer.  Still, we could not over look the question of “How can we make this even better?”.  That was the question that propelled us forward and the very question that landed us with the very latest in horse trailer innovation.  An all new Smart Tack.  A Smart Tack combined with a Living Quarters.  And not just any Living Quarter.  A top of the line Living Quarter brought to you by Outlaw Conversions.  Convenience and innovation marry at the highest level to give you the ultimate in life on the road.  The Smart Tack LQ. Everything you need. In one trailer.

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At the end of the day it is all about you and your horses. They say history repeats itself. For the past 48 years we have had your back around every corner and through every twist and turn. We’ve provided you with safety, reliability, trust, comfort, convenience, customization, and longevity. The all new Smart Tack LQ is history with a twist. Everything you have come to expect from your Hart trailer over the last half a century with a little something extra. We’ve teamed up with Outlaw Conversions and we introduce to you the very first trailer of it’s kind.

Take a look inside the very first trailer of its kind.  We’d love to show you around!

Just in case you need a little review on the ‘Smart Tack’:

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And Even Better…

We’ve taken one of your favorite trailers and made it even better.

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Why?  Because we believe in you.  Our customer.  Our family.  We design every single trailer with you in mind.  Your needs are really our needs.  Safety, longevity, and convenience are at the forefront of every trailer that goes through our plant, from beginning to end.  We understand that all of these aspects are important to you.  At the end of the day, we want to make you happy and we take great responsibility in being an important part of your team.

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Whether you are a professional competing at the top level or you are spending the weekend out on the trails with the ones you love, we take pride in getting you up and down the road.  However, our dedication to you doesn’t stop there.  We do not want to only get you up and down the road, rather we want to be a part of your life on the road.  It is this desire that has paved the way for what we are so excited to share with you in the coming weeks.

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How?  We’ve taken two of the things you’ve requested the most and we’ve combined them.  This trailer really is ‘the trailer that you designed’.  A trailer that boasts our most popular customization options and a trailer that is the right trailer for a large range of equine enthusiasts.

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What?  Well…that is the part you’ll have to wait for.  But we promise it will be well worth it!  For more than forty-eight years we have been the leader in horse trailer innovation and customization.  Why should the upcoming year be any different?  Our thoughts exactly.

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Until next time,

-Your Hart Team

Because There Is Always More…

…to the story.  If you know much at all about us you know that we are a family owned and operated business.  Not only that but you may even know that we are still owned and operated by the original family that started this company more than forty-eight years ago.  Many folks would also define us by ‘customization’, ‘quality’, and ‘safety’.  All of these things are accurate and fitting and hats that we proudly put on and wear.  However, there is always more.

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Here at Hart we deeply value our customers and the needs that come with them.  We want to build a trailer that you feel safe in and that you can haul for years and years but we also want your Hart trailer to ‘fit’.  We want your Hart trailer to be as your very favorite pair of running shoes.  Don’t run?  What about that favorite T-shirt or pair of jeans?  You know, whatever is ‘old faithful’ in your life.  Why should your trailer be any different?  For those of us that haul, we know that a trailer can be a blessing or a curse.  Your best friend or your worst enemy.  Something you trust and rely on or something that causes you great anxiety and doubt.

These are all things that we are aware of when designing and manufacturing our trailers.  YOU are always on our minds.  Isn’t that how it should be though?  We think so.  Which brings me to the point of this article.

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We want to let you in on something.  Give you a closer look.  Remind you of just how important you are to us and give you a little insight to some of our inspiration.

With coffee (or lack there of actually), donuts, one of our designers, and some special guests we started our morning at 6:00 a.m.

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What were we doing?  Well…you see that is the part that you have to wait for.  But stay tuned and just like your favorite weather channel, “we’ll keep you advised.”

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Until next time,

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