Attention eventers, jumpers, and foxhunters: we’ve got a new product in our shop for you!
Our new jumping breastcollar gives you the security and safety of a regular breastcollar while allowing for freedom of movement through the shoulders. (If you aren’t familiar with the safety benefits of a breastcollar, check out this post from our archives.)
The jumping breastcollar runs over the top of the neck and attaches at the saddle billets. That neck strap gives you something to grab onto if your horse decides to perform an unscheduled “gravity check.”
Fully adjustable at the shoulder and billets, this breastcollar is available in your choice of colors: black, white, brown, light blue, dark blue, hunter green, lime green, purple, yellow, orange, red, wine, turquoise, and pink.
With her sweet blue eyes, it’s easy to see why Pixie became a tack model. The AQHA-registered 14-year-old goes by Shy Lopin Asset in the show ring, where she and her human Samantha are used to turning heads. They event–sidesaddle!
“I want to bring back sidesaddle riding as an accepted form of riding in a variety of disciplines,” said Samantha.
Samantha and Pixie found each other six years ago through Craigslist. Samantha learned to ride when she was young and fell out of it for several years. Pixie is her very first horse, and Samantha has been taking full advantage of Pixie’s smarts and versatility. Together, they’ve experimented in jumping, barrel racing, and driving, and are taking on the eventing world.
Samantha said her biggest challenge with Pixie is teaching her to be a “good equine citizen” despite being a bit of a green rider still herself. It sounds to us like they’re off to a great start–they took home a ribbon at their first event while riding aside against astride competitors!
Their next goal is to move up to the Beginner Novice level, and we wish them lots of luck.
In this shot, Pixie is modeling our hunt bridle, which comes in 3/4″-width beta biothane with a 1-inch wide cavesson. It’s fully adjustable at the cheeks, bit ends, throatlatch, and noseband. Available in your choice of 14 colors! Want one of your own? Pick it up today–they start at $60!
A lot of our customers switch between disciplines at some point during their riding journey. Here in central Kentucky, there are eventers everywhere you look, but in other areas of the country, there are fewer events available and the prospect of “testing the waters” with a three-phase competition can sound a little daunting.
If you’ve been curious about trying the sport, you’ll be pleased to hear some good news from the U.S. Eventing Association this month. The USEA Membership Committee has been looking for ways to encourage riders to give eventing a whirl, and are introducing a new division where riders (both children and adults) can receive instruction from their trainers as they ride their dressage tests or courses. This will be called the Beginner Novice – Assistance Allowed division, which will be an unrecognized division but available at recognized events that choose to host it.
Beginner Novice is the lowest recognized level of eventing (though a lot of events include “starter” or “greenie” divisions with smaller fences for newcomers, too).Maximum height for beginner novice fences is 2’7. The USEA’s idea is that this is a great fit for children who are rapidly moving up from the greenie or equivalent levels, but who aren’t quite ready to ride a full trial independently. It’s also a great confidence-booster for adults who are just beginning in the sport, or who may have had a negative experience and want to try again.
Want to learn more? Check out USEA’s press release on the new division.