TACK & GEAR
The equestrians on your shopping list will love these fine gifts.
“Sleigh bells ring, are you listening, In the lane, snow is glistening.” ---Richard B. Smith, “Winter Wonderland”
The watches of the Longines Equestrian Collection are inspired by the leathers and designs of the equestrian world. The model shown (suggested retail, $3,900) features a quartz movement in a steel case shaped to reflect the rectangular buckle on the show bridle of the Swiss Franches-Montagnes breed. The overstitched brown calfskin strap is designed to match fine tack, and the face is encircled by 60 diamonds. Visit shop.us.longines.com. A piece of the Old West, The Rattlesnake, a reproduction of a Frederic Remington bronze from the Frederic Remington Art Museum, is an explosive display of equine athleticism. Available in small (seven inches high; $399) on a wooden base, medium (12 inches high; $799) on a green marble base, or full size (24 inches high; $1,849) on a black marble base. Call 315-393-2425 or visit https://shop.fredericremington.org. Made with water-resistant leather and canvas, the limited edition AA Travel Bag (suggested retail, $300), from Horseware Ireland, is a roomy carryall featuring plaited leather handles, a detachable shoulder strap with a padded shoulder protector, and spur-shaped hardware on the front to show off your equestrian flair. In tan. Call 800-887-6688 or visit shop.alessandroalbanese.com.
With a sample of your own horse’s mane or tail hair, Verstara will create customized horsehair bracelets (suggested retail, starting at Can$50) and other jewelry. Options include six different styles of braiding, which can be combined with adornments including semiprecious stones, beads and other charms. Premade jewelry made with donated horsehair is also available. Call 780-660-0292 or visit www.verstara.com. For every piece sold from the Wishing You Luck Collection, S. R. Blackinton LLC will donate 25 percent of the proceeds to Thoroughbred retirement farm Old Friends at Cabin Creek near Saratoga Springs, New York (code EQUUS25). Each sterling silver piece (with prices ranging from $85 to $175) features a wishbone with a horseshoe and is engraved with the words “Wishing You Good Luck.” Call 401-231-1721 or visit www. SRBlackinton.com.
To showcase a cheese course or fine desserts, the Equestrian Cheese Pedestal (suggested retail, $135), from Arthur Court Designs, features a 13-inch acacia wood server set in a raised metal stand shaped like rein straps supported by D-ring bits. The board lifts out for easy cleaning. Call 626-264-8686 or visit www. arthurcourt.com. At the top of each hour the American Barn Cuckoo Clock with Barn Quilt (suggested retail, $795), from the Cuckoo Clock Designer, plays “Edelweiss” while the farmer hoes, the cuckoo calls the time, and the horse moves in and out of his stall. The horse figure is a likeness of the one owned by the designer, Jodie Davis, who is the host of “Quilt It!” on QNNtv. com. An auto-shutoff silences the clock at night. The clock is handmade in the Black Forest region of Germany. Visit www. TheCuckooClockDesigner.com.