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Small Business Saturday Is November 24, 2018

,small business saturdaySmall business Saturday is celebrated in the United States this year on November 24, 2018. It began in 2010 and has grown into a way to welcome local patronage to brick and mortar shopping and create a hometown atmosphere in person or online. Shopping small means you support your community, neighborhoods and local establishments.

Big Dee's then and now

Big Dee’s Tack and Vet Supplies is one of your local hometown companies. From humble beginnings at a local race track to our storefront in Streetsboro, Ohio, Big Dee’s Tack and Vet Supplies has grown into a pillar of your community. Through the guidance of Dennis Osterholt, “Big D”, the family-owned business philosophy continues.  Most of our employees own horses or have horses in their backgrounds. Employees that share your interests in all things horse and hound, english, western or racing,  give you a customer experience second to none!

At Big Dee’s Tack and Vet Supplies, our mission is to serve you in a polite, friendly, most competent way. We offer saddle, helmet, and blanket fitting tips. Gifts for all your critters. A clothing selection sure to please and holiday specials throughout the store and online. Join special offerour customer loyalty program and receive special discounts throughout the year.

In years past shoppers set records all across the country sharing their support of small businesses just like ours. In the spirit of giving and being grateful for families and friends, shopping small means promoting our community in a national way.

So, shop small America and share your support for local family-owned companies just like Big Dee’s Tack and Vet Supplies! Support your friends and neighbors and the local economy along the way. From our family to yours we extend a happy holiday invitation to stop in for a cup of hot chocolate this season and to shop small!cup of cocoa

Written by: Big Dee’s Web Products specialist, Kathy Kilbane


Small Business Saturday – November 25th!

From the humble beginning at a local race track to our new location in Streetsboro, Ohio, Big Dee’s Tack and Vet Supplies was founded in 1976 by Dennis Osterholt. Through the guidance of “Big D” the family approach to business continues and incorporates his two daughters Brenda and Gail. It is with a sense of pride that Big Dee’s Tack and Vet Supply now employs over 60 people. Most of our employees own horses or have horses in their backgrounds. Employees that share your interests give you a customer service experience that cannot be rivaled!

Big Dee's Then and now

In the United States, this Saturday, November 25th is Small Business Saturday. Last year all across the country shoppers came out in record crowds to share their support of small businesses just like ours. Shopping small helps foster a sense of the greater national community. In the spirit of the season help local family-owned companies like Big Dee’s by supporting your friends and neighbors and the local economy! At this special time of year Big Dee’s values your support in this effort to shop small!

Wonderful Big Dee Showroom Employees

What you’ll find at Big Dee’s in Streetsboro –

Happy Holidays!

Foxhunting Apparel Trunk Show

Foxhunting apparel trunk show!

I’ve got some exciting news from the Fledgling Foxhunter for our local (and not so local) foxhunters! Our purchasing department

Taste of Hunting Trunk Show
Taste of Hunting Trunk Show with The Chagrin Valley Hunt

has graciously given in to my incessant pleading to add a selection of foxhunting apparel and tack.  On a recent visit with members of the Chagrin Valley Hunt, I brought along a small selection of my favorite additions for a literal trunk show during Continue reading Foxhunting Apparel Trunk Show

Practical Bitting Seminar

Practical Bitting Seminar

horse bits

Wondering about your choice of bits for your horse or is bitting a mystery to you?

Does your horse have telltale signs it might be the wrong choice?

Do you know how to determine the correct bit size for your horse?

Have you run out of friend’s bits to try?

We can help with all of this & more!

Join bitting experts Vivian Schmidt & Lisa Gorretta at our Herm Sprenger practical bitting seminar on Sunday April 23rd at Sweetwater Equestrian Center – 6490 Peck Rd. Ravenna, OH 44266. This seminar is FREE! Schedule a time to bring your horse to discuss issues & find the correct fit!

Time slots for horses available from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Space is limited – call to reserve your spot today! 1-800-321-2142

No horse is necessary to attend the seminar – attendees are welcomed & encouraged!

You can also attend Vivian’s seminar during the Anniversary Sale Event at Big Dee’s on Saturday April 22nd at 1:00 pm!

Practical Bitting Seminar

International Helmet Awareness Day – Savings and Giveaways!

2016 International Helmet Awareness Day is September 17! International Helmet Awareness Day was started in 2010 by Riders4Helmets to educate equestrians on the benefits of wearing properly fitteing, secured and certified helmets.

Did you know that there is an estimated 300,000 sports related traumatic brain injuries a year in the United States? The International Brain Injury Association states that “Brain Injury can cause many kinds of physical, cognitive, and behavioral/emotional impairments that may be either temporary or permanent. Impairments may range from subtle to severe. Brain injury may result in seizure disorders.”

Helmets will absorb impact to the head, provide cushioning to the skull and reduce jarring of the brain against the skull. It is important to remember that the rider should wear a helmet designed specifically for riding horses and that it has been properly fitted. An ill fitting helmet will not provide the needed protection.

Big Dee’s supports International Helmet Awareness Day! We will be offering 20% off on helmets from Ovation, One K, IRH, UVEX, KASK, GPA, Tipperary, Charles Owen and Troxel – Saturday, September 17th – sale prices will be valid both online and at our store in Streetsboro, Ohio.

Click here to see our full line of helmets!

PLUS – Register for a chance to win a Troxel ES or One K Defender Helmet!helmet-giveaway1Click here to enter!

Happy Riding!

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Big Dee’s at Quarter Horse Congress 2014!


Press Release


August 25, 2014

In an effort to better serve all of our customers with top notch customer service and speedy delivery, Big Dee’s Tack &Vet Supplies will have a smaller booth at the All American Quarter Horse Congress this year.  Big Dee’s will be located at booth number 1050 in the Annex. The Trade show is open October 7th  – October 26th from 9:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. We are very excited to offer customers that come to our booth FREE SHIPPING to the continental United States on orders placed at the show.  FREE SHIPPING will also be available to orders that are shipped to our Congress Booth. We will still offer a great selection of wormers, top selling supplements, stable supplies and a selection of our best selling Country Pride blankets.


We know that many of you enjoy shopping with us at the Congress and invite you to shop our website, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google +, Pinterest  and sign up for our emails where you will be privy to great specials throughout the year!


The All American Quarter Horse Congress is the World’s Largest Single-Breed Horse Show. The show received more than 20,000 horse show entries in 2013. For more information on the Congress visit


Thank you for your continued patronage. We appreciate your business!


Big Dee’s September Store Event!



Big Dee’s September Store Event!

Friday September 12th : 9:30 am – 7:00 pm

Saturday September 13th : 9:30 am – 5:00 pm


Big Dee’s is hosting a fantastic weekend of sales, closeouts and seminars! Some great vendors will be on hand Saturday as well.




5:00 pm : Dog Nutrition with Natural Balance —-

 At Natural Balance the health and safety of pets is their first priority. Their products are made from the finest ingredients, but they are extensively tested. Here at Big Dee’s we carry their products and are proud to have RJ from Natural Balance coming in to give a seminar on Dog Nutrition! Dog lovers come check this out for great tips on caring for your canine!

6:00 pm : Wintec English Saddle Fitting by Weatherbeeta



9:30 am – 11:30 am  : Meet Betty Weibel!

Author of The Cleveland Grand Prix: An American Show Jumping First will be here signing books! Come meet Betty Weibel and learn all about our great Ohio, the birthplace of the first show jumping grand prix in the Western Hemisphere! Longtime fans can relive the exciting victories of some of the finest equines and riders in history, while newcomers can experience the Cleveland Grand Prix’s glory years. Saddle up with Betty Weibel as she explains how our lovely Chagrin Valley grew into a world-class equine sport hub.

10:00 am : Western saddle fitting by Circle Y!


Circle Y is a company built on reputation on the innovation and fine craftsmanship of its products. Circle Y Saddles is a proud sponsor to some of the biggest names in the western world including: Julie Goodnight, Martha Josey ,Kelly Kaminski, and Kenda Lenseigne. It is also the official saddle of the WPRA Finals and PacWest Barrel Racing!

11:30 am : Equine Chiropractor – Dr. Rob Maro

12:30 pm : Fall & Winter Blanketing by Big Dee’s


2:00 pm : Equine Nutrition for the winter season by Progressive Feeds

Their philosophy is simple : Never stop getting better. Because in order to deliver the most advanced feeding solutions, we need to keep innovating, researching and leading the way. The entire Progressive Nutrition team is dedicated to improving and maintaining the overall health and condition of any horse.






We’re Moving & The Paddock Saddlery Is Coming With Us!



BIG things have been happening at Big Dee’s this year. After roughly 16 years, a new addition and couple remodels, we have simply run out of room at our current location. Many already know, but those that don’t, Big Dee’s is moving! WooHoo! I had the pleasure of touring the new building last week and I have to say “impressive” just doesn’t do it justice.

NewShowroomOur new showroom is going to be huge. By huge, I mean 15,780 sqft HUGE! To put that into perspective that other horse-crazy people like myself can relate too, we could set up a 10 stall barn (12′ x 14′ stalls) with tack room and 12 foot center aisle, plus an attached Olympic-sized dressage arena and still have space left over! For those that do not measure spaces by how many horses one can fit, here is another more traditional perspective,  our new showroom is almost double the size of our existing showroom. All the extra space will allow us to expand our current equine offerings, plus we have plans to increase our dog & pet supplies! There have even been talks about bringing in horse feed and dog/cat foods!

newwarehouseAdditionally, our warehouse is going from roughly 39,000 sqft to nearly 60,000 sqft! Yes, I think I can confidently say, our company is experiencing a fantastic growth period!

Speaking of expanding our lines, another huge development at Big Dee’s is our latest acquisition, The Paddock Saddlery! On a personal note, this is really exciting for me because The Paddock Saddlery is where I got my start in equine retail! In 2011, after 25 years of building a reputation as being the tack shop to go to for fine English tack and apparel, The Paddock Saddlery’s owners wanted to retire from traditional retail so they closed the full service English retail shop and opened a small Chagrin Falls shop that focused on specialty and custom services including saddle fitting and custom boots.

At that time the owner, Lisa Gorretta, also opened a consulting firm to serve private clients and Equine businesses.  With a busy schedule working with USDF and USEF and a demand from Paddock Saddlery customers to once again expand her retail services,  Lisa started considering that it might be easier to operate out of another tack shop rather than keep a store front herself.

Meanwhile, back at Big Dee’s, after polling over 500 people in a recent store survey, one common point was made apparent to us, our Dressage and Sport Horse customers wanted a better selection.

Talk about a win-win solution!

lisaGWe are very excited to expand our Dressage and Sport Horse offerings! Lisa will help us select products and equipment that Dressage, Hunter/Jumpers, and Eventers need and want. PLUS, she be offering her knowledge and expertise to our customers too!Some new services that stem from this acquisition include saddle-fitting custom and  semi-custom boots by Cavallo, Dehner, Konig, and Vogel. Most saddle-fitting professionals work for a specific manufacturers and only focus on fitting that manufacturer’s saddles, whereas, Lisa’s extensive experience in saddle-fitting encompasses many different brands of english saddles. What does this mean for our customers? It means Lisa will be able to help you find whatever brand best fits you and your horse! It also means, Happy horse – happy rider! Now that is something to smile happily about!

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! I know, hard to believe, but it is true! 🙂

Does this sound familiar? Have you ever been “stuck” in a rut with your horse’s progression and your trainer or a friend suggest that perhaps your horse needs a different bit? Often times, an expensive bit too, BUT you decide to “risk” it because the current bit definitely is not working. You find the bit at a local tack shop or online, buy it and after a ride (or two or three), you find that your horse is definitely not happy with the change! You can’t take the bit back because your horse has already had it in their mouth, so now you’re stuck with a bit you can’t use and you’re out some money.

Well I can tell you based on the box of bits I’ve collected over the years, it has happened to me far too many times. Well, we are about to take the “risk” out of bit purchasing! Lisa has a pretty thorough knowledge of legal and illegal bits in USEF and FEI level competitions, so she will help us establish a “Test Bit Center” with Herm Sprenger  and Myler Bits. For those unfamiliar with “Test Bit Centers,” what this means is Big Dee’s will offer customers a “trial period” to see if the bit works for your horse. This way customers can be confident in their future bit purchases! The program is nothing short of “Awesome!”

Between our move and our newest acquisition, we’ve been super busy and very excited about the new services we will be able to offer! We hope our customers will help give Lisa a warm “Welcome” to Big Dee’s in January 2014. Stay tuned for the Grand opening of our new building to be announced soon! For your future reference, Big Dee’s Tack & Vet Supplies new address will be 9440 ST RT 14, Streetsboro, Ohio 44241.

And remember, Big Dee’s will be moving to the new building sometime in late February following a HUGE Moving Sale on January 30 thru February 1, 2014! We hope to see you at the sale!




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Announcing Big Dee’s Bonus Bucks Program

Big Dee’s Bonus Bucks Program

Are you tired of holding endless car washes, raffles and bake sales to support your club’s awards programs? If you answered yes, then we have the answer for you – Big Dee’s Bonus Buck’s Program! This program is a simple way for your club to earn
on all of your club member’s qualifying purchases in-store, over the phone or online. The Bonus Bucks you earn will help your club purchase year-end awards, customized club gear and gift certificates. Earning money for your club has NEVER been so easy! To learn more about this FREE program offered by Big Dee’s Tack & Vet Supplies, please visit our website’s Bonus Buck’s Page by clicking HERE!