A Few of Our Favorite Things

‘Tis the Season, that time of year when those of us in cold climates retreat to the indoors. Our horses get fuzzy and we have to start budgeting into our riding enough time to get them thoroughly cooled out and dry. To Do Lists get longer and gift giving anxiety starts. Who will I buy for? Did I leave anyone out? Am I going to find the perfect gift? We can’t necessarily help you out with who, but we can definitely help you out with what to make sure you, your horsey friends and your horses have what you need to get you through until spring! I wanted to share with all of you a few of the things in our winter collection that are perfect for gift giving (even if that gift is for you)!

Bradley Soft Shell Breeches

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Bradley Soft Shell Full Seat Breeches by SmartPak

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If you buy nothing else for yourself this winter, let these breeches be that thing! When we designed these breeches, we wanted them to look amazing, be warm enough (but not too warm), and most importantly not make that swishy-swish sound that most winter breeches make when you walk down the aisle or post the trot. We had the look part in the bag because we used the same fit and styling as our regular Bradley breeches with a low rise, trendy wide waistband, euro seat and pretty floral details on the pocket lining in both full seat and knee patch. Warm enough and not too warm is very subjective, but we think we’ve nailed that too, thanks in part to an amazing soft, snugly lining and windproof soft shell fabric. Speaking of soft shell fabric, did I mention we wanted to make it quiet?! I think we nearly drove the factory crazy getting this one right. Try it for yourself, but I’m confident in saying this is the quietest soft shell breech you’ll ever buy.

Kerrits Collection

The Kerrits Collection offers practical practicality with fun and pizazz! Kerrits is a go-to brand for many of our customers for very good reason. I had the distinct pleasure of trying out this fall/winter collection earlier this year while we were visiting with the Kerrits crew at their offices in Washington. It was a cold, February day so Kerri Kent, owner of Kerrits, bundled me up in some of the samples they had in the office. My outfit consisted of: Kerrits Powerstretch Breech, Kerrits Horseplay Zip Neck, Kerrits Oh-So-Lux Vest and the Kerrits Storm Shelter Barn Jacket. As you can see, we were riding in a BIG, open field. Did I mention it was February in Washington (yes, as in Washington state)? I was warm and toasty thanks to my Kerrits gear. This experience gave me a new appreciation for the value, comfort and styling of Kerrits apparel. You just can’t go wrong with this stuff.

Kerrits Storm Shelter Barn Jacket
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Kerrits Oh-So-Lux Vest
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Kerrits Horseplay Zip Neck
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Kerrits Power Stretch® Full Seat Breeches

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Gersemi

Gersemi Kali Waterproof Jacket
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Gersemi Gry Half Zip Sweater
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The Gersemi collection never fails to impress! Gersemi comes out with the most beautiful and functional collections season after season. It is always one of our favorites to photograph and put in our catalogs. The devil is in the details, and the Gersemi designers love the details. Subtle embroidery and logo patches are just enough without being too overwhelming. Beautiful snaps and zipper pulls add elements of fun and fashion. And the color options are always right on trend and make it nearly impossible to skip over that “add to cart” button. My favorites from the fall collection are the Half Zip Sweater and the Kali Waterproof Jacket. The sweater is incredibly flattering with a beautiful tonal pattern and ribbed sleeves. It isn’t too heavy so it makes for a great layering piece. The Kalie Jacket…boy, where do I start? Trendy moto styling and silver zippers attracted me to this coat immediately (yes, I do like bright, shiny objects). Once I got past the fact that it was one of the most beautiful coats I’d seen, I started to appreciate the more practical design features. Waterproof (that comes in handy), waist length (good for wearing in the saddle without it getting in the way), snaps at the collar so you can get all bundled up (it does get cold in New England) and light padding that keeps you warm without making you look like a marshmallow are just a few of my favorite features.



Kingsland Technical Dressage Riding Jacket

Kingsland Dressage Ladies Technical Dressage Riding Jacket
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One of the really, awesome things about my job is that I get to travel the world looking for apparel and gear that is worthy of you, our customers. When we saw the Kingsland Dressage Collection for the first time in Germany a year or so ago, I knew we had to have it for you. The designer spent an agonizing amount of time getting it right. EVERY piece is designed to make you look your absolute best in the saddle without compromising functionality and comfort that you need and deserve. I spend most of my time in the hunter/jumper world, but this coat really has made me consider making a discipline switch :) The Technical Dressage Riding Jacket is quite simply one of the most elegant riding coats I have ever seen. The fabric, styling and details are exquisite. It is incredibly difficult to portray that in pictures on our website and in our catalog. The thing we definitely can’t show you in our pictures is how it will look on you. I’m confident in saying that once you put it on, you’ll never want to own another show coat. Go ahead and do something nice for yourself this holiday season!

SmartPak Rhino Collection

Rhino SmartPak Collection Fleece Throw
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Rhino SmartPak Collection Fleece Dress Sheet
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Essentially every piece in this collection is a favorite of mine, but my absolute favorite…the Fleece Dress Sheet. I love it so much that we also offer it in a throw so that your whole family can enjoy it, too! This is the softest, most comfortable fleece you’ll ever touch. Your horse knows you love him. Buy him this fleece, and he’ll know you worship him :) The throw is the perfect gift for your barn friends and trainers. Keep it at home to cuddle up in on cold, winter days or leave it at the barn to bundle up in if you’re putting in extra hours ringside watching lessons. If you happen to be a winter weekend warrior hitting the one day shows to get a head start on points or just keep yourself from getting rusty, this throw might just save your life and prevent hypothermia while you’re waiting for your turn in the ring :)

And the list goes on! I could spend days telling you about our favorite things because when it comes down to it, everything we put in our catalogs and on our website are our favorites. They wouldn’t be there if they weren’t. Our super-friendly, amazingly smart, genuinely caring Customer Care Team is awaiting your call. Go ahead, pick up the phone and let us help you cross something off your To Do List.

Have a great ride!

Melissa

Melissa Hamlet

Melissa as a rider: I grew up in Virginia and started riding when I was about 7. I never looked back...riding and horses have been a part of who I am since that first ride all of those years ago. I’ve fox hunted a little but have spent most of my time competing in Hunters and Equitation. I rode on the IHSA Team in college and even competed in some IHSA Alumni classes after graduation. These days you’ll find me in the Adult Hunters, Hunter Derbies and Adult Equitation. Melissa as a SmartPaker: As VP of Merchandising, it is my job to oversee all of our product selection and development. Me and my team travel the world to find and develop things we think are worthy of being in your barns, on your bodies and on your horses. How cool is that?!

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