I like Tory items, especially their rubber reins, which aren't too expensive ($60 or less, other rubber reins of similar quality are $90). They're on the long side, which is great when you want to knot your reins for xc but still have enough to slip for a big drop. They aren't super-duper supple like the Eventa or SoftGrip reins-- they have leather inside, not nylon-- but they are not overly stiff/bulky in your hands and break in well. As with any rubber reins, they will eventually melt and get sticky...but mine lasted a good 6+ years.
Their leather items are typically supple, with good thickness and sturdy stitching. A friend loves their breastplates; they aren't as wide as the standard Nunn Finer hunting breastplate, but they do have a nifty snap at the withers, if you're too lazy to slip it over the horse's head (and undo the cross-ties).
I've always thought their bridles were a little "plain" for my taste (all flat, not raised at all), but I wouldn't fault them for leather or hardware quality.
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I found an incredibly soft bridle that was padded in hunter green at the Pa horse expo. Turned out it was a Tory bridle. I couldn't get it out of my head and ended up walking past it 3 times before caving and buying it. It's my favorite schooling bridle.
I just found a bridle of theirs that looks interesting. Blurb says they are an American company using American leather. It's much more expensive than the Bartville bridles but it does come with reins.
Anyone know anything about them? Are they just another Bartville disguise?
Which bridle did you find? I may be able to help here. I just happened across this in my google alerts. I work for Tory here in Williamsport, PA. We use Wickett and Craig Leather located in Curwensville, PA.
Thanks for the kind comments in the replys, we strive for good quality.
I'm a leather snob, and Tory leather meets most of my criteria. My only criticism is that the edges could be slightly smoother to the touch. It takes oil nicely, doesn't stretch, and their hardware is solid
Have the breastplate- 9 yrs
Bridle w/ green padding-6 yrs
Halter w/ green padding-6 yrs
Except for the halter the equipment is used 4x weekly for schooling & 2 shows monthly over the winter, 3x monthly spring/fall.