We are super excited about the new products from For Horses for the new 2020 season. With an emphasis on design simplicity and high performance fabrics, For Horses has outdone all the other big equestrian brands in a big way. In this post, we list the new products for the 2019-2020 collection from For Horses.
Once again, instead of creating a wide collection, FH introduces just 2 or 3 pieces to each line up. One of the ways FH contrasts with other equestrian apparel manufacturers is the once-a-year collection. Other brands often introduce Spring, Summer, Flash, Fall-Winter collections. The end result is a cluttered collection with no coherent sense of design or direction. The several different collections each contain 30-40 different items, thereby causing much confusion in the minds of the customer.
Ladies Short Sleeve Show Shirt with White Placket “Gloria”
This is a simple show shirt with some cute details. Once again, the emphasis is on simple. While introducing a cute horses pattern, FH has changed the show shirt game entirely. We received this 2 weeks ago and it is already sold out.
The white placket makes it suitable for show use in jumper and hunter rings.
Ladies Ultra Light Yoga-Pant Like Knee Patch Breeches with Flap Pockets “Ennie”
Just when you thought the FH breeches could not get any better! The “Ennie” came in 2 weeks ago and is already sold out. Not only are the “FH” diehard fans asking for more of these breeches, people that are new to the FH brand are loving it as well. The “Ennie” combines the style and design elements from both the original “Minnie” model and the “Remie” model. The back pockets are a nod to Minnie, while the seamless silicone grip is derived from the “Remie”. Needless to say, our customers are in love with this new model. This one is receiving rave reviews, even from customers that were previously skeptical of FH breeches.
One notable difference is the use of newer and smoother fabric in the “Ennie” breeches.
It is available in Black, Navy, Dove Grey, Beige and Red so far. More colors (Dark Grey and White) are expected to arrive soon.
We covered the handful of new shirts and breeches for the new 2019-2020 For Horses Equestrian Apparel collection. We hope you like these designs. It is only Week 5 of WEF and we are sold out on most of these items already.
Have you purchased any of these from our online store or from our WEF and Wellington locations? What do you think? We would love to hear your thoughts. Leave a comment below.
Airbag Safety Jackets (vests, long sleeve jackets and show jackets) have become quite popular this year. We had brought a few in before prior to this season. However, with the upcoming WEF circuit, we have noticed that there is an uptick in the demand for these jackets.
If you are in the market for one and want some questions answered, you have come to the right place. In this post, we will attempt to answer the most frequently asked questions about the fit, selection, technology and maintenance of these new systems.
Update: April 12, 2020 : As of April 5, 2020 a new (and improved) airbag safety jacket vest has been introduced to the market. The standalone Helite ZipIn2 is a new safety vest that is designed for use either on its own or with a compatible show jacket. This new vest has all the safety features of it predecessor along with new innovations. For one, it can worn on its own without an outer vest/jacket. It does not have to be zipped in. The airbag is part of the vest, no longer detachable. The best part is it is still backwards compatible with your Dada Sport Show Jacket.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the airbag system work?
First, it is impotant to understand the components of the airbag safety jacket/vest technology. There are 2 major components: the Airbag Shell Jacket (outer) and the Helite Airbag Zip’in (inner). The Helite Airbag Zip’In connects to the outer shell .
What is the next generation of airbag safety jacket technology?
The next gen of the airbag safety technology is so far available in 2 different products: One designed and manufactured by Helite, the other designed by Freejump, manufactured by Helite. While they look similar on the outside, there are a few notable difference between them.
Do I need to buy both the outer jacket and inner Helite Airbag Zip’in?
Yes. The inner Helite Airbag Zip will inflate once the system is triggered.
Can I use my existing Helite Airbag Zip’In?
Yes, as long as your Helite Airbag Zip’in is functioning well.
How do I know whether my Helite Airbag Zip’In is operational and safe to use?
Bring it to a Helite dealer and ask them to inspect it. If you bring it to us, we will be glad to test it as well to make sure the inflation mechanism is operational.
How does the Helite Airbag Zip’In protect me compared to other brands?
There is some significant advantages to Helite’s technology versus other airbag systems. First, it is a homogeneous airbag, i.e. one piece airbag that inflates all at once. Other airbag systems on the market do not offer a 1 piece airbag. Instead the airbag is divided into 2 or more sections. This leads to off-time deployment, where one section of the airbag may deploy later than others. Secondly, Helite is the only airbag solution that provides full protection from the neck to the tailbone.
What about different brands, DadaSport versus Oscar and Gabrielle?
Jackets from DadaSport and Oscar and Gabrielle are both compatible with the Helite Airbag Zip’In. The Dada Sport styling is more fitted than Oscar and Gabrielle. The underlying technology is the same for both jackets. They connect to the saddle with the same mechanism (i.e. Helite Saddle Strap)
How exactly do the airbag safety jackets work?
What parts of the body does the airbag protect?
What makes Helite Airbags the best for protection?
Do the Airbag Jackets look and feel bulky?
Airbag Jackets have come a long way in the last 2 years. The original version was bulky but the most recent versions are sleek and light.
What do I do after the airbag deploys?
Your jacket and airbag zip’in are both re-usable after a fall and deployment. All you need to do is to make sure is to replace the CO2 cartridge. Remove the spent cartridge and replace it with a new cartridge.
What size cartridge do I need?
For all adult sizes, (XS through XXL), you will need the 60 cc cartridge. For Child Large size, you will need 50 cc cartridge.
What is the warranty on the Helite Airbag?
Standard warranty is 2 years. However, you can extend that warranty (for free) by registering your purchase on Helite’s website. Here is the registration link: https://my.helite.com/register
Why do I need an airbag jacket?
Airbag Jackets are safety equipment. Think of them in the same context as your helmet. If a piece of equipment has the potential to protect you from severe injury, why not? Today, some of the world’s top riders compete in the airbag safety jackets, including Martin Fuchs.
What is the difference between Helite Prestige, Helite Airshell Gillet?
Essentially, these are all training vests manufactured by Helite. The Helite Zip’In can be connected to these vests. The Prestige is the sportier model of the training vest whereas the Gillet is more classic and traditional.
How do I check my size in the Helite models?
How to measure? Measure according to the graphic below. The sizing is unisex. The chart below is in Centimeters (cms).
Are the Helite Jackets unisex?
Yes, the Helite Vests are uni-sex. Please check the size chart above to correctly determine your size.
I still have more questions. Who can I contact?
You can always Contact Us via email or phone. We will be glad to help.
We hope we have helped clear up most of the questions/doubts. This is by no means, a complete list. Please ask your questions by commenting below.
YAY!! It is that time of the year again. The holidays are upon us. We know you might be stressed about what to get as gifts for your equestrian friends and family. Worry not, we have a helpful guide that will calm your nerves and bring smiles to your friends/family.
Without further ado, we hereby present to you the 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Equestrians. For this year, we have categorized the list by gender. First up is the gift guide for your female friends.
[FOR HER]Lotus Romeo Long Sleeves Technical Show Shirt For those in your friends/family that prefer long sleeve shirts with UV protection, this one is a clear winner. New for 2018, this shirt is a back-to-the-basics design. It is available in 4 colors: White, Navy, Green Mint and Grey
[FOR HER]Eric Javits Large Brim UV Protected Visor “Champ II” – This new visor is an improvement over the most popular horse-show visor ever. This one sports a 4.5″ brim (compared to the 3.25″ for the Champ) for even more sun protection. This one makes a super thoughtful gift for your mom or trainer that is at the horse show all day, rooting for you from the sidelines.
[FOR THE TRAINER]No Shout Trainer Communication System “Rapide”. Are you tired of hearing the trainer yell at the top of his/her voice? Do you wish for a more quieter form of training? Look no further than this new wireless communication system. With this system, the trainer speaks into the microphone. The student can listen in privately the instructions and focus on implementing the coach’s advice.
[FOR HER]Ready To Wear Dressage Tall Boots “Roma” – New for the 2018-19 season, we are presenting this luxurious dressage ready-to-wear boots made in Italy by Secchiari. Secchiari is a famous name in bootmaking.
[UNISEX] Shock Absorbing Hunter Stirrups by Flex On – After the immense success of the Flex On Shock Absorbing Stirrups, the company has introduced a stirrup designed exclusively for the hunter ring. These stirrups solve your back, knee and ankle pain problems. The special built-in elastomer material provides shock absorbing ability.
[FOR GIRLS]Girls Lightweight Show Jumping Breeches “Elsa” – For 2019, we are proud to announce the arrival of lightweight show jumping breeches for girls ages 6 through 15. These breeches are made from lightweight stretchy fabric, making them ideal for warmer weather. The breeches come with silicone printed grip on the knee patch.
[UNISEX] Freejump Liberty Boots and Mini Chaps Combo – One of the most popular boot-chaps combination on the market. For good reason too. The Freejump boots are like tennis sneakers when it comes to comfort. With ankle protection jockstrapping systems, these boots combine the best in sports technology with equestrian flair.
What do you think of this list? Do you own any of these items? Are you thinking about buying them? Let us know with your comments below! We would love to hear your feedback.
The biggest event in Equestrian Sports is around the corner. Yes, we are talking about the World Equestrian Games aptly hashtagged as #tryon2018! While we normally do not attend many shows out of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, this is one event we are planning to attend. The dates are Sep 10th through Sep 23rd.
Given that this event occurs once every 4 years, it is kind of a big deal. The best of equestrian sports is displayed at the biggest stage. It almost seems like WEF 2018 was finished just yesterday. The summer has flown by. That is partly because we have been busy preparing for #tryon2018.
We are pleased to announce that we will be a proud vendor at the #tryon2018 games. Our signature state-of-the-art trailer (with new signage and improvements) will be stationed for the entire 2 weeks nearby the Food Court area.
That said, we would like to give you a sneak peak into what we are offering during the #tryon2018 WEG event.
Custom Show Jackets (Short Coats and Long Tailcoats) by Lotus Romeo
Since late 2016, a brand called Lotus Romeo has been a rising star in the custom show jackets space. It has been a real pleasure to promote Eva Szekely’s brand here in the USA. That is because Eva believes in making no compromises and works on one coat at a time. Each jacket is a labor of love. We are aligned completely with Eva’s philosophy so it is a win-win situation. We believe you should have unlimited options to freely design your show coat.
Meet the Owner and Creative Director of Lotus Romeo at WEG
Yes, you can meet Eva in person at WEG. Just stop by our trailer at WEG anytime to say hello.
Some of the better known brands do not want to offer you more than 3 design options, because they are based on a mass-manufacturing model. That model is in direct contradiction to the customer’s needs. At Lotus Romeo, every jacket is made individually with the same attention to detail and worksmanship. What is more is that the jackets can be tailored to fit you perfectly. You do not have to be an exact size 34, 36, 38, 40 etc to get a perfect fit.
All in all, we have been very pleased with the quality of the Lotus Romeo jackets. Our customers are the best testimonials. They have become Lotus Romeo fans for life.
Whether you want a dressage tailcoat/shadbelly or a short jacket, we have a unique jacket for you. The shortcoats from Lotus Romeo are designed to be head-turners. Elegance underlines the basic design philosophy “the art of unforgettable style”.
Custom Dressage and Show Jumping Boots by Secchiari
Secchiari Italy is a bootmaker with passion. Each boot is handmade in Italy. Their approach to bootmaking is to make boots that strike the perfect balance of comfort, style and quality. The top selling boot from Secchiari is the Athena model. This has consistently been a crown favorite.
More recently, we have started doing fully custom boots with Secchiari as well. The advantages of these custom boots are many, chief among them:
Faster Delivery Times (4 to 6 weeks)
Boots that fit right the first time, eliminating the need for refitting and additional delays
Softer Leather to allow for easy break-in
Come see us at WEG to check out all the beautiful designs of boots! Whether it be dressage, show jumping, hunter or equitation, we have a tall boot for you.
Mix And Match Show Jumping (and Hunter) Anatomic Bridles by Schockemoehle Sports
New for the upcoming season is the Mix And Match concept by Schockemoehle Sports. Not only do you get an anatomically designed bridle that is perfect for the show ring, now you get to build-it piece by piece.
What does that mean, you ask? You can pick different sizes for each of the elements of the bridle: Browband, Headpiece, Noseband etc. So if your horse does not fit into a standard Full Size bridle, you can custom configure the pieces to provide a perfect fit.
The top selling bridle for the hunter ring has been the Montreal Select. It is available in Espresso as well as Royal Oak. With just the right amount of padding, this anatomic bridle scores big wins in both the show jumping and hunter rings.
There is also the new Bridle by Schockemoehle Sports, titled Tokyo Select, which features a fully removable flash attachment. You can use the bridle with or without the Flash Attachment. No more hanging loops of leather.
The top selling reins for show jumping and dressage “Dura Soft” continue to shine this season as well. These reins are made from Soft Leather, with embedded hand stopps. They feature a rubberized grip on the one side and leather on the other.
We are planning to bring the entire range of Samshield Helmets to WEG. Some of the newer helmets come with the Rose Gold Trim. Please note that quite a few of these helmets are custom. Normally, it would take 6 to 8 weeks to procure these helmets.
However, in preparation for WEG, we are bringing you these helmets immediately without any wait. You can buy the helmets at WEG and use them right away!
Just like previous years, For Horses keeps it simple and exciting at the same time. They have introduced 2 new breeches and 2 new colors across all their riding pants. The new colors are : Bordeaux and Green!
After the huge success of the original Push Up Show Jumping Breeches “Pat”, FH has created yet another Push Up variant, this time with tights. So you are getting 2 pants in one: tights as well as push up pants. The styling is the same as the original Push Up Show Jumping Breeches “Pat”, but just pull up design like the tights.
Another new model for this year is called the Emma. With a modern take on back pockets and double seams along the sides for extra freedom, the Emma combines style elements from both the Minnie and Remie. Please do keep in mind that the Emma runs slightly bigger than the Minnie and Remie breeches.
So there you have it! We are ready for WEG at #tryon2018. If you can not wait until then, go ahead and purchase your favorites before we sell out! We know WEG will be a very busy affair, so be warned that these items will be sold out following the event.
Custom Show Coats (Fully Personalized and Tailored) by Lotus Romeo
The term “custom show coats” gets thrown around quite loosely. Often times, it means you get a handful of choices for changing the color of the jacket, the collar and buttons etc. While many other brands will offer a “Customization” option, it is usually limited to just a handful of choices that do not affect the styling of the jacket as much as the colors.
A few years ago, we noticed that our customers demanded more flexibility for design options. They did not want to be limited to just 2 styles and 5 colors. They want to mix and match style elements along with different options for buttons, trims, collars and lapels. In other words, customers are increasingly looking to personalize their look. What good is a “custom” jacket if every other rider has the same jacket?
We are thankful to our customers for guiding us in introducing a beautiful line of fully personalized show jackets: Lotus Romeo. This is a brand whose owner’s artistic forte guides her philosophy for the brand “The Art of Unforgettable Style“. Eva Szekely, the owner of Lotus Romeo truly believes in this mantra. The idea is to create a unique jacket for everyone. Personalized Show Clothing should not be un-affordable either.
In late 2016, we introduced Lotus Romeo in a limited launch at the store location. What started as a small bespoke line of show jackets, has now blossomed into a very expansive line of short jackets, hunter shad tailcoat, dressage shads and show shirts.
During the 2 weeks at WEG in #tryon2018, you will have the opportunity to see these jackets up close. You can try them to get a general sense of the overall fit and quality. From all the feedback we have been gathering, Lotus Romeo jackets are being very favorably in terms of styling, quality and comfort compared to offerings from the other bigger brands. In fact, the ironic part is that these “bigger” brands have now started copying the Lotus Romeo model in a desperate effort to catch up.
Dressage Tailcoat Shadbelly “Natasha” from Lotus Romeo (fully configurable and custom)
Natasha – This is the original dressage shadbelly from Lotus Romeo. It remains one of the most popular options to date. With a look that combines the classic with modern, this shadbelly can be configured in a variety of ways.
Dressage Tailcoat Shadbelly “Elegant” by Lotus Romeo (fully customizable and tailored)
Yet another beautiful shad that lives up to its aptly titled model name “Elegant”. With this shad, you can optionally design a bow at the back. The Burgundy color shown below is a new limited edition color.
What Is Included
This is what you get in the Fully Customized Dressage Shadbelly by Lotus Romeo
Base Colors: Black, Navy, Burgundy, Grey and Brown
Collar Color: 30+ Colors (including Satin and Leather)
Collar Piping: 30+ Colors
Cuff Color: 30+ Colors
Waist Piping: 30+ Colors
Buttons: 6 Styles
Mix And Match Styles
Say you like the style of the Natasha but want to add elements from the Elegant model? With the new Deluxe Mix and Match service, you can do that too! Nothing is out of reach anymore. Unlike the other brands, you are not boxed in to just 4 options.
Optionally, a 4 point tailoring adjustment is included as well. This covers:
Sleeve Length Adjustment
Are you ready to design your own dream shadbelly? Wait no more. Click on the button below to get started.