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paint hunter
Aug. 19, 2010, 03:45 PM
Thanks mods for our own category!

Now, I know we are all spending a small fortune to attend this event, but let's not forget the shopping (providing we have a bit of money left after tickets, lodging, etc). The vendors have spent a small fortune to attend and perhaps we should consider it our patriotic duty to help them.

So, what are people looking/shopping for at the WEG!

I'll start off. I am a tackaholic, especially a bridleholic. I can give Lucasb a run for her money. So I will be drooling over the newest bridles. May also have to splurge and get one of the official WEG-embroidried (sp?) saddle pads as well.

maudie
Aug. 19, 2010, 04:28 PM
I think I might crack and get some Dubarry's! I'm at least trying them on for a future purchase ;).

I'm also looking for Dressage gear, because I'm currently looking like a Noob in my cute HJ gear :lol:. I also need a plain blue huntcoat.

Note: I'm probably not getting all of the above, maybe one or two on the list if there's a good sale :)

vineyridge
Aug. 19, 2010, 05:10 PM
I would hope there would be sales, but if the recent Rolex is any indication, prices won't be very good. :(

However, there should be lots of exhibitors with new and interesting products to consider for later.

FRM
Aug. 19, 2010, 09:48 PM
I know that non-retailers think that business owners just rake in the cash but there will be few bargains, if any at the WEG. I have heard estimates of costs from $125,000 to $250,000 for one well-known tack business what with the $15,000 minimum for 1 booth space (how much for 5 or 6?) and then inventory for 2 weeks of competition (what do vaulting fans buy) plus overpriced accomodations not to mention sales help and personal expenses such as 2 weeks of overpriced food. There may well be some fire sale prices at the tail end but face it, in order to make it worth their while they need to be selling lots of saddles and high-end goods, not gloves and hoofpicks.

nikki_xc
Aug. 19, 2010, 11:51 PM
I think I might crack and get some Dubarry's! I'm at least trying them on for a future purchase ;)


Go for the Dubarry's! I saved and saved with the intent of buying them at Rolex. I did get them at this year's Rolex and absolutely love them. They were outragously expensive. But I wore them everywhere at Rolex; on the xc course and walking around all day. They are waterproof and comfy. I also have a pair of the Dublins. Which are also very nice. My only complaint about the Dublins is (at least my pair) that they stretched out too much.

poltroon
Aug. 21, 2010, 01:30 AM
I am hoping that there may be a variety of helmets to try. I'd like to consider some different brands but the selection in tack shops within a 200 mile radius is rather thin.

That said, I'm not going to be surprised if there aren't. I've been to the California Horse Expo - which is all vendors - with that mission and gone home disappointed too.

Equi88
Aug. 22, 2010, 10:43 PM
May also have to splurge and get one of the official WEG-embroidried (sp?) saddle pads as well.

Oh, they have saddle pads? I am going for the Ariat WEG jacket, but might have to buy a matching pad....
Hope to find some high(er) end breeches as well, since I can try stuff on!!!

findeight
Aug. 23, 2010, 01:40 PM
From what I heard lately, it will be mostly large, corporate sponsored and WEG logo item shopping.

Sort of priced it out of the reach of the typical show vendors...and offered space away from the main vendor area.

Diamond Jake
Aug. 23, 2010, 02:54 PM
There's plenty of good stuff to be found downtown at the convention center, too. I think you can even get a shuttle there from the Games...

Peggy
Aug. 23, 2010, 06:12 PM
From what I heard lately, it will be mostly large, corporate sponsored and WEG logo item shopping.

Sort of priced it out of the reach of the typical show vendors...and offered space away from the main vendor area.So, so much for taking a whack at my Christmas shopping, unless I want to outfit everyone in official WEG gear:lol:. Ah, well, am planning a trip to the Sawdust Festival this week...

The thing I find fun at these sort of shopping experiences is the chance to see new horse/rider equipment in person that you have seen only online or in magazine ads and some of the craft-type places. I got a really pretty ceramic vase at Equine Affaire, but those folks said they were priced out of WEG.

Dressage Art
Aug. 23, 2010, 08:36 PM
One of my very favorite saddle pads I bought from a vendor at Las Vegas World cup!

paint hunter
Aug. 23, 2010, 09:13 PM
Looking at the list of vendors, it does look like it will be big companies. I was hoping Hadfields would have a booth as I am really coveting a new bridle (didn't I already say I am a bridleholic). No luck apparently....

Touchstone Farm
Aug. 25, 2010, 09:53 PM
Well, I'm a bit gun-shy about buying from vendors I don't know after my World Cup experience. "Bought" a pair of Latigo breeches, and after a myriad of excuses as to why they were never shipped to me including, "Oh, sorry, we sent them to someone else," I heard the company went bankrupt and I'm $200 poorer. They kept extending excuses until it went beyond what my credit card company could recover. Never again unless it's a vendor I know, trust and have done business with in the past!

pintopiaffe
Aug. 26, 2010, 07:41 PM
For me, the key to stuff like this, is having that wee bit of spending money, and not NEEDING anything. That is when you find the clearance/scratchn'dent/display model etc. type of thing.

I would very much like to be able to try on some of the newer helmets (Ovation, Pegasus) and my weaknesses are pads, browbands and boots. (horse boots.)

HOWEVER, funds are super, super lean, and I suspect I am NOT the demographic the sellers are there for. :p (unless, of course, WTD has a booth... :uhoh: :winkgrin: )

copper1
Aug. 29, 2010, 08:51 AM
I will have mere pennies for shopping so most of mine will be the window variety! LOL! My friend is looking for new boots and helmet so at least she will be able to try on a bunch and get a good idea of fit and look so she can order them from home. It is fun just to look and covet and I really don't NEED anything so it will be fun!

TarheelJD
Sep. 8, 2010, 02:22 PM
I bought some WEG logo stuff on line so I would not have to carry it around all day. I may buy one of those walking sticks that fold out to make a little seat for XC day!

Absolut Equestrian
Sep. 8, 2010, 07:36 PM
There's plenty of good stuff to be found downtown at the convention center, too. I think you can even get a shuttle there from the Games...

http://horsecapitalproductions.com/index.php

Divine Comedy
Sep. 8, 2010, 11:30 PM
I bought some WEG logo stuff on line so I would not have to carry it around all day. I may buy one of those walking sticks that fold out to make a little seat for XC day!

Is there a particular website for the WEG logo stuff or is it just scattered throughout retailers' individual websites?

Dressage Art
Sep. 9, 2010, 12:30 AM
Well, I'm a bit gun-shy about buying from vendors I don't know after my World Cup experience. "Bought" a pair of Latigo breeches, and after a myriad of excuses as to why they were never shipped to me including, "Oh, sorry, we sent them to someone else," I heard the company went bankrupt and I'm $200 poorer. They kept extending excuses until it went beyond what my credit card company could recover. Never again unless it's a vendor I know, trust and have done business with in the past!

I did have a similar experience with the Tropical Rider booth at Las Vegas WC. I ordered breeches from them, paid with my CC and they told me that they will ship them to me for free, since they ran out of my size. They never shipped them. I called them and they lost the receipt of my transaction... they blamed it on somebody who they hired to work in their booth, that they were not experienced and must of misplaced my receipt and bla-bla-bla... I had to mail them my copy of the receipt and my copy of my CC statement with the charge (if I wanted the same special WC $ deal). It took about 3 months to sort it all out. It was a pain...

So definitely, my advice would be to buy only what you see there and not hope for the refund/exchange much. Some business owners are selling/representing their booths themselves (really cool), but who knows who is manning some of other larger booths (temp help?) and handling your money. At least that was the story with Tropical Rider booth at Las Vegas WC.

TarheelJD
Sep. 10, 2010, 12:20 PM
Is there a particular website for the WEG logo stuff or is it just scattered throughout retailers' individual websites?

Here is the link I used -- http://weg2010store.com/

Smarty7
Sep. 24, 2010, 07:33 PM
I can't find vendors like Charles Owen, Kerrits, ect. on the lists of retailers. Are they really not going to be at the WEG? I was expecting more ridding apparel/tack. Was I wrong, or am I missing something?

Katie
Sep. 24, 2010, 11:54 PM
There will definitely be Charles Owen helmets to try on (and purchase) in the Bit of Britain & Dover Saddlery booths!