Sep 072011
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I love accessories.  They’re kind of a weakness of mine when I go shopping.  Shoes, jewelry, handbags – it’s enough to make a girl swoon.

If that sounds at all like you, you might want to be seated.  Maybe even have a fan and a glass of water nearby.  When you see these beautiful bags from PonyUP! Kentucky you may just swoon, yourself.

Before I start gushing over the bags let me share with you a little about the company.  Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH, founded PonyUP! Kentucky to raise money for horse rescue operations. As she was searching for the perfect fundraising product, she was also searching for a handbag that reflected her love of horses and equestrian gear.  One day as she was carrying a leather halter slung over her shoulder on the way to get her horses, she thought, “Wouldn’t this be a great shoulder strap for a handbag?”

She searched for a handbag with the halter strap and when she couldn’t find one, she spent a year designing one and creating an entire line of handbags.  She donated the first 20 bags to Old Friends: A Kentucky Facility for Retired Thoroughbreds.  The proceeds of those bags support the horses at Old Friends.  So when you buy a bag you also know you’re helping to support equine causes.
Now for the bags themselves.  There are oh so many choices!  I had such a hard time choosing one.  Some of top contenders were these:
PonyUP! Kentucky Chilled Chocolate
PonyUP! Kentucky Stable Safari
PonyUP! Kentucky Pink Passion
The one I finally chose, though, was this one, called Sweet Alfalfa.

PonyUP! Kentucky bag in Sweet Alfalfa
Mine says PonyUP! Kentucky but you can have the brass name plate on the strap personalized with up to 20 characters.
Personalized Straps

I love so many things about these bags.  First, they’re made in America and I always try to support local (or national) companies when I can.  Second, they’re versatile.  Because you can purchase the bag without a strap, once you buy your first one with the strap attached ($125) you could buy a few others to change up your look ($65 each; they also have some on sale for $45).  And third they’re really roomy.  I could easily fit all my own stuff and Baby C.’s accessories in there with room to spare.

Where to Buy
You can purchase the bags directly from the PonyUP! Kentucky website.  They also have a book, “Riding for Life”, that talks about diet and fitness.

Want to Win?
PonyUP! Kentucky has generously offered to provide a handbag (winner’s choice!) to one of you!  Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below for your chance!  Note: Rafflecopter does occasionally take a moment to load.  If you don’t see it after a minute, try refreshing your browser.

I received products in order to facilitate my review. All opinions are 100% mine.
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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

  84 Responses to “PonyUP! Kentucky Handbags – Review & Giveaway ($125 value) – ends 9/21”

  1. I love the Blew By You bag (among others)!

    Angela Rhodes Krause

  2. My favorite bag is the Wild Kingdom bag.
    janel dot myers at yahoo dot com

  3. My favorite is the Hot Pink Paisley bag.

  4. Black Beauty! Beautiful bag!

  5. I love the Georgia Peach!!

  6. I love the Black Gold bag

    cassidystreasures at gmail dot com

  7. I love the Pretty in Paisley
    James Cox

  8. I like Sea Breeze!!

    wowknk at gmail dot com

  9. Really wanna win this for my Aunt! She would love the "crazy about daisies" one also!

    Thank you for the chance!


  10. They're all so cool that it's hard to pick just one, but I absolutely LOVE the Black Gold bag :)
    denise at specterweb dot com

  11. I like they Wistful Girls
    tnxns09 at gmail dot com

  12. Crimson Cadence is my favorite (Chelesa .S)

  13. Black Beauty – Pink Passion

  14. I love the Tye Dye Fever!

    Brandy Nelson

  15. I like the Georgia Peach!

  16. Hard choice between Blackberry Wine and Crimson Ivory!

  17. Loving the midnight daises, they are all so pretty!

  18. I like heart and hoof beats.


  19. I love Indian Summer!
    Allibird1 at aol dot com

  20. I love the Black Beauty!
    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

  21. I like the Blew By You

    mnrquick at yahoo dot com

  22. I loved several of the bags, especially Black Beauty!

    Becky C

  23. I love Indian Summer!

  24. I LOVE the Stable Safari..

    Amy Hollingsworth

  25. i like the Blackberry Wine
    mermont84 at

  26. I like purple passion.

  27. I like the day at the derby purse.

  28. so many nice ones. I like Suede Saddle

  29. Pretty in Paisley is the 1 I pick.Its so pretty

  30. Wow! I LOVE all of the bags! One was prettier than the next. I had a hard time choosing my favorite, so I had to choose 2:

    1. Blue Lagoon
    2. Blue Paisley

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  31. I love the Blue Paisley Pony Bag. Holly Hennessy Swint

  32. My favorite would have to be "Cimmaron".
    Jennifer Hall

  33. love the black beauty bag!

  34. I love the Black Gold

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  35. I love this handbag

    Thanks for sharing such a great giveaway

    ckaylie777 at hotmail dot com

  36. My favorite is brilliant buckskin!

  37. I like the chilled chocolate bag
    msboatgal at

  38. I like copper poppy the most.

    aniwilsonintx at hotmail dot com

  39. I like Brilliant Buckskin and Peppermint Patty (so hard to choose)
    rlawrence110 at yahoo dot com

  40. I like so many. Lol. I like the Brilliant Buckskin and the Dark Chocolate. I'm not going to keep listing because I would have them all down here Lol.


  41. I like Navajo Blanket – so pretty!

    soluckyducky at gmail dot com

  42. They are ALL BEAUTIFUL! I think my favorite is the Copper Poppy one!

    Christyn Mckenna

  43. Too many choices! I really like the Spanish Moss.

  44. blew by you! it would go with everything!

  45. Blew by you =O) (that was me up there

  46. Stable Safari

  47. Chilled Chocolate I love this bag!

  48. Hard to pick just one! Love the "BUBBLY" one but would have to pick the "WILD KINGDOM" to go with my Zebra Pettiskirt!

  49. I really like the Wistful Girls bag.

  50. Shirley
    I like the Rallie Tack Denim.

  51. I like hot chocolate

  52. I like several of them, but my favorite is the Crimson Cadence

    amybrown16 (at) insightbb (dot) com

  53. I live in Ky. and had no clue. I really like the Chilled Chocolate.

  54. so many nice bags… but my fave is the Blue lagoon

    micaela6955 at msn dot com

  55. i love the Purple Passion

    purple_lover_04 at msn dot com

  56. i like black beauty

  57. I like Copper Poppy!

  58. I like the Black Gold bag

  59. I love the black gold bag

  60. I love the "Chilled Chocolate".

  61. I like the Lucky Saddle and Paisley designs. I especially love the smaller size purse. As a KY girl, I need to check these out!

    justdoingmybest at gmail dot com

  62. I love the Black Beauty bag!
    lyndadawinda1074 at yahoo dot com

  63. I like I C Red

  64. I love the Blue Lagoon bag!

  65. Wow I am having a hard time deciding!!! Sooooo I will give you my top 3 lol Purple Poppy, Midnight Daisies and Indian Summer.

  66. Chilled Chocolate is my favorite.

    Thank you
    cloudspassby78 (at)yahoo(dot)com

  67. Black Beauty is my fav

  68. I love Bubbly?

  69. I loved the Hearts and Hoof beats bag among others lol Thx for the great giveaway :)

  70. My favorite is the Flower Power bag.

    davandihamilton (at) gmail (dot) com

  71. I love the stable safari bag!!

    Racheldmorris at gmail dot com

  72. I love them all! I think if I have to chose one it would be Chilled Chocolate!


  73. I like the Chilled Chocolate

    amy rouse

    dropastitch at yahoo dot com

  74. I love Crimson Ivory!

  75. I love the sweet alfalfa also

    amybrown16 (at) insightbb (dot) com

  76. Chilled Chocolate and Hearts and Hoof Beats are my faves. Can't seem to decided between those two. =)
    Great giveaway, thanks for the chance to enter!!
    Valerie Long (Scorpio1974 on GFC)

  77. I can't decide! Either Indian Summer or Sweet Alfalfa!

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