Innovative Barn Management Solution Releases Useful Web and Mobile Features to Boost Productivity
Natick, Mass. – October 21, 2013 – Today, StableSecretary, the popular barn management software, announces the release of several new features that make barn management more efficient and cost-effective. Based on customer demand, these new features help resolve some of the most problematic areas of barn management, including invoicing.
With these new features, barn managers, trainers, and stable owners using StableSecretary are now able to:
– Track additional information about the horses in their stables, enabling instant access to lease agreement details, unlimited registration numbers, breeding records, insurance information, categorized comments, and more;
-View a customizable calendar showing past and future health and service events for all of their horses to facilitate planning and logistical paperwork;
– Run reports for individual or multiple horses to see an instant, accurate, and customized list of whatever information is necessary at that moment; and
– Record payments and track balances for invoices to further facilitate the billing process.
Less than a year after its launch, StableSecretary has already impressed the equine industry, earning rave reviews from clients who deem it easy-to-use and a boon to their productivity. With today’s updates, StableSecretary is addressing some of the most pressing needs facing barn managers, trainers, and stable owners in the operation of their business.
“StableSecretary has been a lifesaver for me,” said Hayley Barnhill of Uphill Farm. “I used to spend so much time trying to find the best way to track my rides and send out invoices, and I’d end up forgetting things because I didn’t write them down. Stable Secretary has made my life so much easier, and much more organized. It only took ten minutes to enter my horses names and information, and now all I have to do at the end of the day is pick up my phone and click on the horse’s name that I rode or showed. Billing at the end of the month is just as easy.”
Designed to help barn managers operate more efficiently and prevent costly mistakes, StableSecretary is easy-to-use barn management software, optimized for mobile devices, that enables horse trainers, barn managers and stable owners to manage health, billing, and operational information for their horses and their services. Created by Kate Rice, a veteran of the show horse industry with more than 20 years of experience both as a rider and a trainer, the software application makes it easy for trainers and barn managers to store and access information about horses and to track services, appointments, and records.
StableSecretary offers proactive, dependable, and friendly training and support. It is available for purchase at http://stablesecretary.com.
To find out more about StableSecretary, please visit us at http://stablesecretary.com.
Phone: (617) 564-1241
Why did I create Stable Secretary?
I created Stable Secretary because I wanted the best of all worlds: to work in the most elite parts of the Show Horse industry; to have a little bit more free time; and to have a little bit less frustration and stress… It seems like a lot of trainers and barn managers don’t have efficient systems in place to help them run their horse businesses which means that they lose time and money, and gain stress. Most other industries have helpful software tools, so I asked myself: why wasn’t there a GOOD barn management software for the Show horse industry? I created Stable Secretary, a barn management software application, to make it easier to run an equine business.
At the end of the day, When the horses are fed, the barn is swept, and the work list for the next day is organized, it is a bummer to leave the barn with paperwork, phone calls, or other organizational logistics hanging over your head. During the day, it can be pretty frustrating to waste time and energy looking for information that should be easy to find: phone numbers, coggins files, entry due dates; or working hard to answer questions like: “When were Banjo’s last vaccines?”, or “Is Barney’s Coggins up to date?”, or “Rosie’s feet look horrible – when did she get shod?”, or “Lulu’s late on her left to right lead change. I wonder when we last did her hocks?” As I interviewed more and more barn managers and trainers, I learned that many equine businesses lose $100s – $1,000s per month because they (or their staff) forget to write down services. TIME is valuable, MONEY is hard-earned, and we should be doing our best to safeguard them both.
Since I couldn’t find any software solutions that would really help me in my horse business, I made my own!
What is Stable Secretary? How does it work? How does it help?
Stable Secretary is web-based and mobile-optimized barn management software that helps barn managers and trainers track ALL of the necessary information and records for their horses, clients, and businesses. It’s mobile, so you can use it from anywhere – the ring, the aisle, the in-gate, the car wash, the restaurant or hotel, etc. It’s comprehensive, so you can keep track of ALL of your equine records. It’s customizable, so you can fit it to however you currently manage your barn and run your equine business. It’s easy-to-use and comes with dependable technical support, so you won’t get frustrated. Check out all the features on our Features page where you can also watch a short demo of how it works.
The people using Stable Secretary love it – have a look at our Customer Testimonials. As the Founder of the software, I keep in close touch with the trainers and barn managers using the software to find out what they want and need, and release Enhancements and New Features regularly to meet their demands. Stable Secretary will just keep getting more and more useful and helpful for anyone managing the care of horses.
Are you a barn manager or a trainer? What do you look for in barn management software? Do you need a better system for tracking equine vet records and managing your equine business?
Please share 3 barn management software wish-list items to be entered in a drawing to win a free month of Stable Secretary! Click here to register!
Why do I have a blog?
I am starting this blog for a few reasons.
First, I actually enjoy writing and one of my (many) ideas for supporting-myself-while-doing-something-I-love has been to write a book. I’ve started a few times. Writing a book proves to be very difficult, so maybe this will be good practice for my eventual book!
Second, I’m going to try to blog mostly about information that I think will be helpful for trainers and barn managers. I would like to help the organizational part of the horse industry, which is why I created Stable Secretary (http://www.stablesecretary.com). Stable Secretary is barn management software that makes it easier to do record keeping for the horses in your stable. You can use it to easily keep track of vaccination records, worming records, farrier records, service records, dental records, joint injection records, medication records, and other health records. Stable Secretary also facilitates other aspects of running an equine business by making it easier to make invoices, store contact info for clients, vendors, and others.
I know firsthand that working in a barn is really hard! Right now, in addition to continuing to improve Stable Secretary, I’m a part-time trainer and a full-time mom. I’ve been a full-time trainer, assistant trainer, barn manager, office manager, groom, judge. You name it, I’ve probably done it… While I still LOVE it, I know how grueling it can be to be away from home, family, friends, and to give up any sort of personal life. It’s pretty normal to work 6 days a week, 52 weeks a year, and to have a workday from 6am til 6pm. That makes for a pretty crazy work-leisure balance – maybe 95% work 5% life. But we hang in there because we love it. Being outside all day, working with horses, and doing something that you care deeply about is motivating. I’d like to use this blog to provide resources and advice to try to make those workdays more organized and efficient so that horse trainers and barn managers can spend some time doing non-horsey things – family, hobbies, spa days, and social events, for example!
What will I write about?
I’m going to write about ways to make barn management easier – better tracking of vet records, service records, invoicing records, customer records.
I’ll also try to provide resources on topics like logistics for shows; routine and special horse care; working with vets, farriers, vendors; managing and growing your horse business; taking good care of clients and staff; and whatever other topics come up.
What do you want to hear about? Please leave a comment – share your 5 biggest BARN MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES?
Who is Kate Rice?
|That’s such a tough question to answer… But here goes! I’m a 37 year old woman who has gone down many interesting paths in her life! I trust that things happen for reasons. Steve Jobs puts it eloquently in his Stanford speech, “Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
What’s my story right now?
|Right now, I live in MA and I just had a baby! I am so excited to start this amazing parenting journey with my boyfriend and our dog!
I do a bunch of different things to afford life:
|I am a freelance horse trainer and rider (see my Onyva Show Stables web site). I have my own clients, and I help out some professional friends when they need help riding and teaching at home or at shows. It’s great!
I tutor a little, mostly in French but also in Spanish, History, and English.
I am the founder of a product called Stable Secretary – see the Stable Secretary web site. Stable Secretary is software in the “Cloud” that makes barn management easier. It lets you store and access horse health records and service records for all of the horses in your stable, and it helps you do a bunch of other Equine Business related tasks. I released the first version in January, and it’s been very well-accepted and welcomed so far. It’s a great feeling to know that you’re helping people!
What’s my background?
I’ve done a lot during my 37 years – here goes a quick chronological summary:
I started riding in NH when I was about 4 or 5. I rode English and Saddle Seat – my specialties were trail class and costume class. Fun!!!!
When I was 6, I moved to France for 5 years, to a suburb of Paris called St.Germain-en-Laye. It was pretty awesome. I took riding lessons there, too. I was pretty small for a 6 year old, but the local riding schools only had horses. It was exciting (my poor Mom was terrified!)! My Dad had to put the saddle on for me because I couldn’t reach. We eventually found a Pony Club when I was in 4th grade.
||Then I moved to NJ for 6th grade. I rode at The Ridge, with Nona Garson, and showed in short stirrup and children’s pony hunter. It was a blast!!!! We had a great group of kids, and we all had so much fun together.
|A year later, I moved to MA. I rode with Peter Wylde and showed in the junior hunters and the equitation. I learned a TON, had lots of fun, and made amazing friends on the show circuit.
||I had the best horse ever: Redsox.
After high school, I went off to Dartmouth College in Hanover NH. I experienced “normal life”, and I also did do the Intercollegiate Equestrian Team. Again, I met lifelong friends, learned a lot (academic and other), and had some really fun times!
After college, I tried to be a “normal” person for few years – in Cambridge MA and in Washington DC. I worked for a software company and a web development company. It was interesting, had regular hours, and weekends off… What a novelty! I again learned a lot, met some great friends, and got some good life experience
Eventually, the horses drew me back in. I ended up working at WEF for one winter during college, working as a rider/assistant for one summer during college, and then really started back in as a part-time pony rider while I was getting a Masters of Teaching at Simmons College. Once I got my Masters, I went to work full time for a trainer in Northern VA.
With the exception of 2 years teaching High School French and Spanish in Arlington VA, I’ve been back at the horses ever since. I’ve had the amazing fortune to work for some of the best in the industry (Thank You to Sandy Ferrell and Peter Wylde). I’ve been lucky enough to spend lots of winters in Wellington FL where I’ve learned the best from the best. And I’m so grateful to have made great personal and working relationships with some of the best people I’ll ever meet.
What do I want to do?
My main concern is to be happy and to enjoy life. To me, I suppose that means being involved in and passionate about one or more activities – whether it’s your job, your family, your hobby, or whatever motivates you to get up in the morning and do your best.