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    Quality Affordable Figure 8

    I've been needing a new jump bridle for shows for a while now. I hadn't been able to afford one until recently. My wonderful grandparents gifted me $220 to purchase a new jump bridle as a congratulations for placing at my last event.
    Here's what I require in a bridle:
    • quality leather that will get better over time(not the gross plasticy painted stuff)
    • medium/dark brown
    • padded crown
    • cob sized
    • $220 and under
    Here is what I would like but is not needed:
    • anatomic style
    • fancy stitching
    • American, English or Italian leather
    • comes with reins (if it doesn't come with reins I would love a rec for reins that would match and keep the total under $250, I am willing to pay $30 OOP)

    These are the current contenders.
    Prestige Cross Figure 8 (doesn't come with reins, but could buy Prestige reins for $70)
    Nunn Finer Stefania Figure 8
    Lumiere Ava Figure 8 (does have brass fittings, none of my other tack has brass. Sheepskin piece is kind of enormous)
    White Medallion Figure 8 (Italian leather!! Can get reins as well for under $250) **top contender

    I've not used a whole bridle from Nunn Finer, but the strap goods I have purchased have been quite nice. I really like the Stefania's crown piece design.


      The Nunn Finer is really nice - the rubber reins are some of the softest, best out there. The crown padding is also nice. It holds up well and breaks in well. I would say that it runs a smidge small - I assumed my guy would have used a cob but he was easily a horse size (16.2h TB but very finely built).


        Of the bridles you have listed, I am only familiar with Prestige and Nunn Finer, and have only seen Nunn Finer in person. I've unfortunately not heard great things about Prestige bridles, but have known a lot of people who were happy with their Nunn Finers, and think they're very solid bridles from what I've seen.

        If you're looking for other possible options, I recommend Exselle, if you can find one that matches your specs. They are made by the same factory that made the Crosbys for Miller's (Walsall Riding Saddle Co). I have several Crosbys from WRSC from the '70s/'80s to the '90s/early 2000's and they are very nice, solid bridles that I don't think you can go wrong with. The Exselles I've seen are identical and are very reasonably priced for the quality. The only downside is that it seems like they're limited in options, so I'm not sure if they'd have the color or padded crown you want, and I'm pretty sure they don't have an anatomic model (plus, they are distributed by a Canadian company and therefore harder to find; HorseLoverZ carries them, but only a few models and sizes IIRC). I know these are made in England, but the leather may vary depending on the bridle. One bridle I looked at was made of Italian leather.

        I also recently got a pair of Joseph Sterling reins and really like the quality (I found them similar to my '90s/early 2000's Crosbys), so that might be an option to look into (they are carried by Schneider's). I think all of their bridles come in a dark brown with fancy stitching, and they have bridles with padded/monocrowns (though admittedly, I've only looked at the hunter bridles; they do have an anatomic crown one, but I'm not sure if they have a figure 8 bridle like that). These are advertised as being made of Sedgwick leather.

        For a solid, mid-priced option, I've never been displeased with Ovation, either. I've never seen an anatomic one, but they do come in padded/monocrowns and dark brown with fancy stitching. Different bridles are made of different types of leather, but I believe most are made of American (Wicket & Craig, I believe) and Italian leather.

        If you can find a Harmohn Kraft Americana, those are really nice as well (I love my hunter bridle from them!). I think I remember them being in the $200-$250 range. I'm not sure if they come in a padded crown, but they do come in dark brown and fancy stitched, and are made of American leather (possibly Wicket & Craig?) IIRC. I don't believe they have an anatomic bridle, unfortunately.


          I love my Nunn Finer bridles. I have 2 that are dressage bridles with flashes and one that is the figure 8. I have only used the figure 8 once as the horse I bought it for hated it. He preferred a flash set up. I have had my Nunn Finers for about 4 or 5 years and they have held up well. I love Nunn Finer soft rubber reins and have the brown ones that came with the bridles and a pair of purple ones. Nice, soft and grippy.

          I have used the Cob on an Arab/pinto cross and 2 OTTBs. I don't find that they run small as all of these horses consistently fit in Cob bridles, cob halters and cob fly masks. Some of the Bartville tack I find runs small. I returned a cob bridle that was too small for the Arab cross.
          Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)


            Ahhh personally I don't love any of those. I agree with some of the above that the Nunn Finer is probably your best bet but personallyyyyy I just dont like those crownpieces where the noseband threads through rather than all of it being integrated. The Prestige is also really nice but the Prestige bridles I have had were a little snug around the ears/browband. The other two are just not notable brands so I probably wouldn't spend that much on it.

            I like this ... have never tried it but I have a few bridles with a similar crownpiece and you couldn't tear them out of my dead hands:

            Or if you can find a used vespucci figure 8, sometimes they go for around $125-150 ... I've been looking for one for like a year though haha! They are very flattering on a horse's face.


              Nunn Finer or Vespucci.

              Just be aware, that "channel" 'monocrowns' do not serve much purpose - they actually increase the crown pressure, from what I have seen with my own bridles with channel options.

              AETERNUM VALE, INVICTUS - 7/10/2012


                You can't go wrong with Nunn Finer.

                Also seconding the Ovation recommendation for a nice bridle on a budget. I have one of their Wickett & Craig jumper bridles with a wide, padded crown and really like it. This looks like it would suit and comes in cob:


                  Original Poster

                  Thanks all. The verdict is the White Medallion bridle.

                  I've been curious about the White Medallion line of tack for a while. I recently got my hands on one of their hunter bridles and Y'ALL. The Italian leather is definitely Italian and the stitching is solid. The padding is wonderful. It feels like it is really built to last. I called the sole US distributor of While Medallion tack to get more information. She told me the bridles are manufactured in the UK but made with Italian leather. She helped me decide what would be best for my boy and I decided on their standard figure 8. She gave me the option of switching out the crown piece with one that has a channel. After reading your responses I decided against it. I am also grabbing a pair of the rubber reins. Those are only $60 and in the style I like. I'm ordering it tonight and she is planning on shipping it tomorrow.
                  I realize it is a gamble and I really hope it pays off.



                    The Nunn Finer bridles are lovely. I've never heard of the Lumiere brand, but they look beautiful! Plus, they're in Australia so the price is even lower than listed. With the $20 shipping to the US It comes out to less than $150 for one of their bridles. Love some of their breastplate designs too.

                    You'll have to let us know how the White Medallion bridle turns out. I've had my eye on that brand before but their promise of quality seemed too good to be true for the price.