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What are good show bridles?

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  • What are good show bridles?

    I am looking for a new bridle for the hunters/equitation to be used for showing. I know Hadfields, CWD, and Antares are popular among many riders, however, they are a little pricey. Do you know of any other popular brands that range under $300? Links would be amazing.

  • #2
    I just bought a "Showmark" bridle from Dover's. It retails for about $199, but I got mine on sale for $175.


    The flash attachment is completely removable so that when you take it off, there's nothing there. (not like some bridles that have an integrated loop).

    One thing I think is cool is the integrated crown and noseband hanger.


    • #3
      In your price range check out the Aramas bridles, great quality at reasonable prices. I have heard a lot of great reviews of the line of Smartpak bridles too. You can get good prices on Edgewoods (including seconds with very minor imperfections) on ebay. Also, www.premiertackoutlet.com discounts high end bridles.


      • #4
        I went into one of the on-site tack shops at a horseshow a couple of years ago prepared to spend $800+ on a new show bridle for my mare. The owner convinced me to buy an Americana bridle instead (Harmohn Kroft, I think?) for a total of somewhere around $175 for the bridle and reins. I love the bridle....it oiled up really nicely and feels as nice as my New Cavalry, Edgewood, and CWD bridles.

        I've also heard really positive things about the Aramas bridles. A friend got one recently and hasn't stopped raving about it.
        Flying F Sport Horses
        Horses in the NW


        • #5
          I have 4 or 5 of the Americana bridles, they are great. I have never had a problem with them and they are very reasonably priced. This last Christmas they were on sale at Stateline for $75! But, they are usually some where right around $200.


          • #6
            I have an Aramas and I love it!
            Y'all ain't right!


            • #7
              I also have an Aramas. I think it was about $225 including raised reins a couple years ago. It's gorgeous.


              • Original Poster

                Thanks for all your info. I really appreciate it.
                Whereabouts can Aramas bridles be found/purchased (online)?


                • #9
                  The SP, Americana, and Aramas bridles are all made by Harmohn Kraft.
                  If we have to nail on talent, it's not talent.
                  Founder, Higher Standards Leather Care Addicts Anonymous


                  • #10
                    I love my bevals


                    • #11
                      I have to agree with PNWjumper I love my americana bridle it's the softest leather I have found for such a reasonable price, they look very very fancy on.


                      • #12
                        I have the Harwich SmartPak bridle and I love it! Friends with Edgewoods, Antares, CWd, etc. love the bridle too. Here's my mare with her new bridle, it had been oiled twice and used maybe a grand total of five times. It's suppled up wonderfully and has a very rich color to it.
                        "Beware the hobby that eats."
                        Benjamin Franklin


                        • #13
                          I like Bobby's English Tack.
                          I bought a fancy stitch and it's great. No need to oil. Very soft and great padding.
                          I think the higher end fancy stitch is 225 with reins.

                          If you get it from Audrey, she gives free shipping and has a coupon code you can use for 5 bucks off.

                          PM me if you like.
                          Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


                          • #14
                            i just bought the harwich bridle from smartpak and LOVE IT. it is EXCELLENT quality and very supple leather. no break in time at all. great bridle and only cost me 109 dollars.


                            • #15
                              Many beautiful bridles and excellent quality can be found at a local consignment shop. You should try to find one in your vicinity, the bridles are broken in and usually at more than reasonable prices.
                              Last edited by STA; Nov. 15, 2010, 07:14 PM.