Everything For Riding Except the Horse
We specialize in equipment and apparel for the English and Western rider. We also offer saddle fittings, tack repair, monogramming, blanket cleaning and repair, and boot adjustments. Walk into a Charlotte's store expecting to see the usual - Western saddles, English saddles, riding helmets, reins, bits, western chaps, and boots - but finding the unexpected as well-the largest collection of Breyer horses in this part of the country, unique jewelry, home furnishings, and extensive lines of lifestyle sport clothing.
Summer Sale through May 26, 2013
English Saddle Trends For 2013
English saddle trends in 2013 will remain very similar to last year's pattern. Double covered leather and adjustable trees remain the norm. Overall the two major
players continue to be Pessoa and Toulouse. Though Pessoa is a very well known name in the industry
and continues to build on it's range of saddles, Toulouse seems to be the big buzzword. This is not due to print or media advertising as much as it is word of mouth.
Word of mouth would also cover internet "speak" as well as barn talk. Whereas Pessoa is a name that has been around for a number of years, Toulouse is a relatively new
player on the scene that seems discontent to remain stationary.
The line began a scant number of years ago with just a handful of saddles but now encompasses more than 60 models. This includes models that have the Genesis adjustable tree system. Many models are offered with or without the Genesis system which adds an additional $450 to $500 to the model price. » Read the entire write-up
2013 Equestrian Fashion Forecast
We’re off to a wonderful year of exciting new developments in Equestrian Apparel design and function. Innovation and technology seem to be the main focus. The industry has responded to the increasing demand for textile products that are environmentally friendly, pose no health hazards, and conserve resources to the greatest possible extent while providing the wearer with UV Protection, full range of motion, moisture management and be machine washable! Products that have the Bluesign label fall into the environmentally friendly category. Garments with Coolmax®, Icefil®, Durabreathe® or Dri-Lex® labels will offer optimal breathability and lightweight coverage for searing summer rides while Polartec Thermal Pro®, Windpro®, or Windsport® keeps riders protected from winter’s chilly blasts. Ariat has introduced Coldback® technology, a sun and heat reflector for dark textiles that also reduces UV-rays penetration. » Read the entire write-up
Pamper Yourself with a Custom Crop or Bat
Pamper yourself with a custom whip handcrafted by Jill Bain of Bain's Custom Whips. One price covers everything. $79.95
Design the whip the way you want it in 5 easy steps:
- Pick the length that best suits you.
- Choose the color or colors you may select as many as three.
- Pick the popper (this is the leather end of the whip). The black Patent leather is new and looks great! Note: If you choose patent it cannot be monogrammed, only the non-patent.
- Go for the grip that best fits your hand. Most riders choose the smaller grip, not only juniors or pony riders but many women as well. In some cases though, women with larger hands and men will prefer the larger golf grip.
- Monogram it for a personal touch (no extra charge). Two letters please.