- This is the tack shop that my father, John Gass, opened in 1952 on Route 2 in Orono and operated for nearly 50 years. Servicing the large paper mills of the north country, the hard working farmers needing supplies for their draft horses, the saddle horse owners preparing for the show, and countless individuals with "backyard" horses and ponies, through the years... Dad endeavored to build a solid business reputation and goodwill with people, near and far.

John passed away in February 2002 after a hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer. His passing and the tack shop's closure was a shock to many people as both he and the store had become an icon in the area and well known to many. From the Clydesdale Hamlet in Merrimack, New Hampshire, to the St John Valley in Northern Maine, Eastern Canada, and all points in between, many people saw the simple way that Dad ran his store to not only be a pleasant respite, of sorts, from our fast paced daily life, but indeed as a man (and his store) that hailed back to a simpler, less stressful, time. John Gass was a laid back no-frills guy with an uncanny way of remember the names of customers, the cars and trucks that they drove, what town they lived in, and how many horses they had, etc... His approach with people was always honest and genuine. His knowledge of horses, their care, and his inventory in the store was always very impressive.

As the BDN stated during an April/1989 interview, (John was a) "walking encyclopedia of information" regarding equine supplies, related equipment, as well as methods and approaches to caring for horses.

Personally, for me, the rebirth of Gass Horse Supply has been a multi-year dream. To breathe life back into a family owned and operated business that had become so well known and respected was a challenge that was certainly daunting, but also one that I was finally ready to undertake. To be sure, the reopening of GHS in 2009 would not have been possible without the kind and generous support and assistance of many friends and family members. Some of the many people who had/have encouraged me, and given of their free time to support my dream include: Ken, Pam, Katherine & Ashley Danforth, Gerry & Rose Martin, Ashley Gallant, Mike, Ann & Brad Kenny, my cousin Randy Grossman, my wife Cathy Dionne-Gass, and my two sons Aaron and Benjamin Gass. However, a very special and heartfelt thanks goes to Sheila Griffin, who formally owned and operated Hoof'N IT Tack Shop in Bangor, for her many hours of hard work preparing for the re-opening and the painstaking effort she had put forth preserving the look, feel, character and charm of my Dad's tack shop, the late John Gass.

Our store's longstanding tradition of providing top quality horse supplies, tack and related items at reasonable prices continues at Gass Horse Supply. On behalf of my Family and Staff, we look forward to having you (re)discover our laid back, no frills, shopping environment for English, Western, Equine Tack, Supplies and quality Western Wear.

GHS is conveniently located near Interstate 95 at Exit 191. Just six miles north of the Bangor Mall and five miles south of the UMaine campus.

~ Barry Gass, Owner

Our store's driveway during one of our "grand (re)opening" days.
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Gass Horse Supply | 476 Main Street | Orono, ME 04473 | Phone 207-866-8593