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315 State Route 34, Suite 101

Colts Neck, NJ 07722

 

In Memory
Lisa Bermack founder of The Tack Shelter

Lisa Bermack had been told that she ran “the Tiffany of tack shops.”


“Every shop carries tack and stable requisites – it’s all the other things we carry that people remember and come back for,” Lisa explained.


In addition to horse supplies and equipment for hunter, jumper and dressage enthusiasts, The Tack Shelter also stocks gifts, artwork, home furnishings and other things anyone can enjoy for their country lifestyle.


Lisa scoured trade shows and craft fairs for unusual furniture, gifts and accessories. Most pieces of artwork she selects are one of a kind. “At the shows, I often purchase just one of an item”, she said. “I tell customers, ‘if you like it, buy it. There won’t be another one like it here.”


Lisa began the store because she wanted to be in business for herself. “My husband, Dennis, a very astute businessman, became my CFO. He offered advice on planning the business and securing funding,” she recalled. “I knew the horse industry, he knew the business world.” The Tack Shelter is located “in a quaint shopping center; Colts Neck is beautiful and very horsey” she said.


“We have every price range to meet every need, from simple to high end." Lisa had two distinct advantages: she was local and she was a rider. “I’m a Jersey girl from Monmouth County who grew up riding locally and rode at show barns nearby,” she explained. She also worked as an instructor and horse professional for several years. An active rider for many years, Lisa trained with Rachel Kennedy of Maryland and competed at Ocala, Upperville, Culpeper and other venues. “I’m a real working amateur,” she quipped. "I have to meet my horse and trainer at the shows.”


Often, business and pleasure overlapped when Lisa took The Tack Shelter’s mobile unit to shows. “We take the shop’s mobile unit all over New England and the Mid-Atlantic to A-2 and local one day shows and everything in between,” she stated.


Lisa had fond memories of competing in the show ring with veteran Sea Wasp. “He was a two time Horse of the Year with Elizabeth Solter aboard. He’s definitely earned his retirement. Lisa also rode an imported Hanovarian gelding named Providence, or “George” (shown above). In their first campaign in Florida, they were Circuit Reserve Champions.


At The Tack Shelter, Lisa always enjoyed horses and fine collectibles simultaneously. “I’ve made it the kind of shop I would like to go into,” she said. Her career allowed her to shop for "a living. It certainly satisfied my cravings,” she laughed.


Lisa will always be fondly remembered.



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