Black Star Spring 2018 Series

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Katherine Rose Watson
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Black Star Sport Horses Announces 2018 Spring Series
The equestrian sporting events are open to the public and free to attend.

Black Star Sport Horses Events

Rockwall, Texas – January 25, 2018 – Premier dressage training, show, and sales facility Black Star Sport Horses (5565 FM 549, Rockwall, TX 75032) today announces the schedule for the 2018 Spring Series. The popular spring schooling shows allow horse-enthusiasts all over Dallas-Fort Worth to enjoy the beauty of European warmbloods as they compete in non-rated horse shows at Black Star’s 250+ acre farm. The shows are rain or shine (though may be canceled for lighting) and take place in Black Star’s covered arena, one of the largest privately owned arenas in the state of Texas. 

Schooling Show Schedule:
February 17, 2018
March 17, 2018
April 14, 2018
May 19, 2018

The schooling shows begin at 9 am. The duration of each show is dependent on the number of entries. Spectators can watch horses and riders of all levels starting with introductory levels in the morning and higher levels of dressage in the afternoon. Visit the Black Star Sport Horses Facebook page the week of the event for exact times. Parking and entry is free for spectators. Concessions are available for purchase.

Black Star also offers riding lessons for all ages and experience levels. Tours of the farm are also available free of charge. Visit blackstarsporthorses.com for more information or call 940-367-7499 to make an appointment.

Black Star invites media to tour the farm! Contact Katherine Watson (katierosewatson@gmail.com) to coordinate a feature. 

What is Dressage?

Dressage is an English style of riding with a rich history of ancient European warhorses. Today, dressage competitions test how well a horse is trained. According to the International Equestrian Federation, dressage is the “highest expression of horse training” and aims to develop a horse’s natural athletic ability. While dressage benefits all breeds of horse, the most popular breeds seen at the Olympics and other high-level competitions are warmblood horses bred specifically for dressage. 

About Black Star Sport Horses

Owned by Jackie and Lisa Blackmon, Black Star Sport Horses is a premier dressage training, show, and sales facility located on 255 acres just twenty minutes east of Dallas. Jackie grew up training young horses in Fort Worth and has since won over 40 USDF Championships. Lisa has spent her life training and competing on international sport horses, even training seven Grand Prix horses. Together Jackie and Lisa run a program dedicated to helping each horse reach its full potential. For more information, visit www.blackstarsporthorses.com

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Ludwig and Marglin Leather Joins New Braunfels Ghost Tour

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Ludwig and Marglin Leather Joins New Braunfels Ghost Tour
A ghost named Red haunts the 79 year-old leather shop.

Ludwig and Marglin Leather

The team circa 1938

New Braunfels, Texas – August 9, 2017 – Ludwig and Marglin Leather today announces that the store is now part of the New Braunfels Ghost Tours Pub Crawl. The first Pub Crawl including Ludwig and Marglin will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2017. Originally called New Braunfels Leather Company, Ludwig & Marglin Leather (197 S. Sequin Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130) has seventy-nine years of history and a resident ghost named Red who is said to haunt the leather store.

Red Miller worked at Ludwig and Marglin for about a decade around the 1970s before passing away from a heart attack. It’s unknown where Red is buried. Now his spirit is said to hang around the shop, occasionally tossing leather pieces around and rattling the rope cow halters he loved making in life. Red could even be the reason for the mysterious Ludwig and Marglin fire of 1982. Helen Opellt, who has worked at the shop for over thirty years, says she’s witnessed some of Red’s antics herself. “He doesn’t like it when I make the cow halters,” she says. “That was his favorite project.”

Ludwig and Marglin Leather

The Ludwig and Marglin tannery that burned down

Paula Cerna told many tales of Red and would always say, “That was Red, alright!” when mysterious things happened around the shop. Paul worked at Ludwig and Marglin Leather for over fifty years before passing away. Paul’s marble Ludwig and Marglin tooling block was made into his tombstone, per his request. “With seventy-nine years of history, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if we had a ghost around the shop,” says Ludwig and Marglin owner Terri Cocanougher. “Luckily for us, Red is a friendly ghost.”

Tickets to the New Braunfels Haunted Pub Crawl are $30 and can be purchased at nbghosttours.com. Ludwig and Marglin’s first Haunted Pub Crawl will take place on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 6-9 pm. The tour meets at The Lone Star Lounge at 5:30 pm. The Haunted Pub Crawl visits five bars in downtown New Braunfels. Participants will hear tales of each bar before they enter as well as true happenings from events long ago in our town. Participants must be at least 21 years old. For more information, visit nbghosttours.com.

Ludwig and Marglin Leather representatives are available for interviews regarding this news. Contact Katherine Rose Watson (katierosewatson@yahoo.com, 972-489-7694) to coordinate.

About Ludwig and Marglin Leather

Ludwig and Marglin Leather Company is a full-service leather repair and custom manufacturing shop with a rich history. For seventy-nine years, Ludwig and Marglin Leather has held steadfast to the producing the highest quality leather goods right in shop (197 S. Sequin Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130). The store is open Monday-Friday from 9:30am until 5:30pm, and on Saturday from 10am to 3pm. Ludwig and Marglin Leather manufactures for several industries including the ranching community, orthopedic braces, athletic equipment and even replicas for museums and period appropriate leather goods for the film industry, most recently the Roots miniseries. For more information, visit ludwigsleather.com or call 830-629-0540.

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About New Braunfels Ghost Tours

New Braunfels Ghost Tours is a historic ghost walk through downtown New Braunfels. That tells the spooky tales and history of the one hundred and seventy-two year-old town. Participants learn about ghosts, haunts, and murderous legends that would find in the history books. Ghost Tour tickets are $20 and Haunted Pub Crawl tickets are $30. For more information, visit nbghosttours.com.

 

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Ludwig and Marglin Remodels After 79 Years

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Ludwig and Marglin Leather Shop Remodels After 79 Years
The custom leather manufacturing shop gently steps into the 21st century while honoring its history.

Ludwig and Marglin Leather

New Braunfels, Texas – July 24, 2017 – Ludwig and Marglin Leather today announces that the beloved leather shop has a new layout. For seventy-nine years, the custom leather manufacturing shop located in historic downtown New Braunfels (197 S. Sequin Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130) has been a staple of the farm and ranch community in Central Texas. Originally called New Braunfels Leather Company, new name Ludwig & Marglin honors the rich history of two founding families of New Braunfels, TX. The new store layout opened the once small retail outlet to the production floor and invites the community to see the fascinating manufacturing process.

Ludwig and Marglin Leather

“I remember being a young girl in New Braunfels and walking into Ludwig and Marglin to get supplies for my horse,” new owner Terri Cocanougher says. “It was a privilege to be able to go into the back of the shop where the crafters were working to pull from the saddle maker’s hardware. You had to know someone to be allowed in the back. It made you feel special somehow. We want everyone who visits us to feel that special.”

The store has had a recent facelift to open up the space and make it friendlier for the New Braunfels foot traffic.  So open in fact that people can actually watch the crafters while they shop, the smell of the leather permeating the whole stop as the artisans design, draw, cut, tool and sew on the leather making equipment. Some of the equipment has been in the shop since it’s opening in 1938. Cocanougher is careful to explain that the major goal was to maintain the time-honored tradition of manufacturing top quality leather goods by experienced craftsmen.  Most of the crafters have been with the shop for many years; Helen and Al Oppelt have worked for Ludwig and Marglin leather for over 65 years combined! Cocanougher says, “That type of experience you can’t simply hire from the want ads. These two individuals are simply priceless!”

The bulk of the shop features leather bags, briefcases, belts, horse tack, saddle-maker’s supplies, and leather crafting supplies. The front of the store now has German biersteins, Lederhosen & Dirndl T-shirts, Texas-themed gifts, and artwork by local artists.  Old photos from the first few years of the shop, including photos of the original tannery that dates back to 1933, hang framed all around.  “I fell in love with the people that were working in the shop as much as the history of the shop,” says Cocanougher. “It is important for folks to be able to step back to a time when American-made products were valued and easier to come by. If you haven’t stopped by Ludwig & Marglin in years, we hope you’ll come see the updated store and enjoy our little piece of history.”

Cocanougher’s ranching experience through the years continues to insure the integrity of the products sold in the business where master crafters make quality ranch gear, horse tack, hosters, scabbards, whips and ropes. Cocanougher says, “As a lifelong equestrian, I understand the need for quality equipment firsthand and can help you find or build what you need.”

Cocanougher is also updating an equestrian facility near New Braunfes that she expects to open as a picturesque AirBNB later this year. “Marglin Ranch will provide a wonderful place to unplug from the stresses of the city,” says Cocanougher.  The ranch has facilities to comfortably house 15 horses, a large covered riding arena and several miles of riding trails throughout the ranch.  Future information will be posted at www.MarglinRanch.com.

Ludwig and Marglin Leather representatives are available for interviews regarding this news. Contact Katherine Rose Watson (katierosewatson@yahoo.com, 972-489-7694) to coordinate.

Ludwig and Marglin Leather

About Ludwig and Marglin Leather

Ludwig and Marglin Leather Company is a full-service leather repair and custom manufacturing shop with a rich history. For seventy-nine years, Ludwig and Marglin Leather has held steadfast to the producing the highest quality leather goods right in shop (197 S. Sequin Ave, New Braunfels, TX 78130). The store is open Monday-Friday from 9:30am until 5:30pm, and on Saturday from 10am to 3pm. Ludwig and Marglin Leather manufactures for several industries including the ranching community, orthopedic braces, athletic equipment and even replicas for museums and period appropriate leather goods for the film industry, most recently the Roots miniseries. For more information, visit ludwigsleather.com or call 830-629-0540.

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Black Star Sport Horses

Black Star Sport Horses Called to Rescue Runaway Horses

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Authorities Call Black Star Sport Horses to Rescue Runaway Horses
The chase took place near Heath High School.

Black Star Sport Horses

 Jessica Blackmon (mounted) and Jackie Blackmon

Rockwall, Texas – March 30, 2017 – Local authorities called Black Star Sport Horses to assist with a horse search and rescue yesterday. A pair of horses escaped their pasture in Heath, Texas when a neighbor’s construction worker accidentally left a pasture gate open. Police officers were called to the scene to retrieve the horses running free in a field off FM-549 near Heath High School. The chase went on for approximately ninety minutes before authorities called Black Star Sport Horses co-owner Jackie Blackmon for help.

Jackie and his daughter Jessica Blackmon arrived at the scene with a bucket full of grain and a couple of halters. Two patrol cars stayed on either side of the field to make sure the horses wouldn’t go on the road. In just a few minutes they were able to coax the horses to the bucket, where they were able to halter and lead the horses back to their rightful pasture. The neighbor, who prefers to remain anonymous, states, “I want to give a huge thank you to Jackie and Jessica for helping us rescue the horses, who were running free and loving every minute of it. We couldn’t have caught them without Black Star Sport Horses!”

“It was just another day at the office!” says Jackie Blackmon, who grew up training young horses in Fort Worth before opening the premier dressage training, show, and sales facility Black Star Sport Horses with his wife, dressage champion Lisa Blackmon.  “Horses are our business. We were happy to help.”

Black Star Sport Horses

Black Star invites media to the farm for interviews regarding this news. Contact Katherine Watson (katierosewatson@yahoo.com) to coordinate.

Black Star Sport Horses

Lisa, Jackie, and Jessica Blackmon

About Black Star Sport Horses

Owned by Jackie and Lisa Blackmon, Black Star Sport Horses is a premier dressage training, show, and sales facility located on 255 acres just twenty minutes east of Dallas at 5565 FM 549, Rockwall, TX 75032. Jackie grew up training young horses in Fort Worth and has since won over 40 USDF Championships. Lisa has spent her life training and competing on international sport horses, even training seven Grand Prix horses. Together Jackie and Lisa run a program dedicated to helping each horse reach its full potential. For more information, visit www.blackstarsporthorses.com.

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