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Lotus Romeo Custom Dressage Shadbelly – Realize your dream tailcoat

Lotus Romeo Elegant Burgundy Dressage Shadbelly - Front View

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.

Natasha Dressage Tailcoat Shadbelly - Front View
Natasha Dressage Tailcoat Shadbelly – Front View
Natasha Dressage Tailcoat Shadbelly - Back View
Natasha Dressage Tailcoat Shadbelly – Back View

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.

Lotus Romeo Elegant Burgundy Dressage Shadbelly - Back View
Lotus Romeo Elegant Burgundy Dressage Shadbelly – Back View (shown with Bow)

What Is Included

This is what you get in the Fully Customized Dressage Shadbelly by Lotus Romeo

Personalization

  • 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.

Tailoring

Optionally, a 4 point tailoring adjustment is included as well. This covers:

  • Length Adjustment
  • Sleeve Length Adjustment
  • Shoulders Adjustment
  • Waist Adjustment

Conclusion

Are you ready to design your own dream shadbelly? Wait no more. Click on the button below to get started.

Design My Custom Shadbelly
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Top Ten Equestrian Holiday Gifts for 2017

In keeping with our annual holiday tradition, we are pleased to present the 3rd successive version of this list. The list contains ideas for gift giving for this holiday season. We pride ourselves on bringing the most innovative products (whether it be helmets, spurs, clothing, boots or other riding gear). There are ideas for both male and female riders. We hope this list will help you determine just the right gift for your spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend or significant other.

Here is the list (in no specific order) :

1 Miss Shield Shadow Matt Helmet by Samshield

This helmet was widely anticipated at the beginning of the last season. As with all things Samshield, this is another beautiful helmet. It has been received extremely well both here in the US and in Europe. You can read about why the Miss Shield is a clear choice for those wanting a wide visor helmet.

Miss Shield Shadow Matt - Black
Miss Shield Shadow Matt – Black

To top it all, the Miss Shield is available in a variety of different styles and options, just like all other Samshield helmets. You can also design your own custom Miss Shield.

Samshield Miss Shield Shimmer Top Helmet - Navy Blue
Samshield Miss Shield Shimmer Top Helmet – Navy Blue

Presenting Miss Shield, Samshield’s wide brim helmet

2 Push Up Show Jumping Breeches by For Horses

These pants have quickly ascended to the top of the bestseller list. Not without reason! These pants are so stylish  (thanks to the generous “push up” effect) and comfortable, that the other brands have now released their own “push-up” and “shape-up” breeches.  However, these original pants continue to be extremely popular with both the show jumping as well as the dressage crowd.

Ladies Push Up Show Jumping Breeches in Beige - Side View
Ladies Push Up Show Jumping Breeches in Beige – Side View

 

FH Ladies Dressage Full Seat Breeches - Misti in Navy
FH Ladies Dressage Full Seat Breeches – Misti in Navy

For Horses “FH” : A revolution in riding breeches

3. Ladies Lightweight show jumping breeches “Remie”

These pants are the most widely used riding breeches across disciplines. Whether it be show jumping, hunters or equitation, these pants are popular mostly part because of their simplicity.

FH Ladies Lightweight Show Jumping Breeches "Remie" - Beige - Back View
FH Ladies Lightweight Show Jumping Breeches “Remie” – Beige – Back View

The full seat version of these breeches has just arrived as well!

FH Light Weight Ladies Dressage Full Seat Breeches "Remie" - Navy
FH Light Weight Ladies Dressage Full Seat Breeches “Remie” – Navy

 

4. Freejump Safety Stirrups Soft Up Pro

If you have ever wanted to go with a safe gift, this is absolutely a great choice. Who does not like Freejump Stirrups? Give the gift of safety to your riding friends and family. They will thank you in more ways than one.  Better still, if they already have these stirrups, you can always buy them a new pair in the new Premium Colors: Gold, Bronze, Bordeaux, All Chocolate.

Freejump Stirrups Soft Up Pro - Bronze
Freejump Stirrups Soft Up Pro – Bronze

5. Freejump Safety Stirrups Soft Up Classic

We are very excited about this new product from Freejump. It is a new take on their wildly popular Freejump Stirrups Soft Up Pro.

Freejump Stirrups Soft Up Classic - Red
Freejump Stirrups Soft Up Classic – Red

6. Kingsland Unisex Classic Riding Gloves

These gloves have been around for a while. Always a reliable staple, you just can not go wrong with gifting these gloves. At $79.95, they are fairly inexpensive and make an excellent stocking stuffer.

7. Equitus Alpha Anatomic Bridle by Schockemoehle Sports

If there was a competition among anatomic bridles, the Equitus Alpha would emerge as a clear winner. With a designed from the grounds up approach, this bridle is popular among both dressage and show jumping riders. The idea is that if your bridle avoids all the pain points on the horse’s ears, neck and head, it will perform at its fullest potential.

If your friend/family member likes tack that is technical without being too overtly complicated, this bridle delivers.

Equitus Alpha : Why it is the favorite anatomic bridle for 2017.

Schockemoehle Sports Equitus Alpha Anatomic Bridle - Explanation of how it works
Schockemoehle Sports Equitus Alpha Anatomic Bridle – Explanation of how it works

8. Flex On Interchangeable Spurs (no spur straps required)

Yes, you read that right. These new spurs from Flex On do not require any spur straps. This comes in handy for those in your family/friend circle with a big collection of spurs. They will appreciate the thoughtfulness.

 

Flex On Eper On Interchangeable Spur - Blue
Flex On Eper On Interchangeable Spur – Blue

Read about Flex On Spurs

9 Custom Show Jacket by Lotus Romeo

This creative brand of riding apparel promises to make you “unforgettable” in the ring. True to its mission, these jackets are designed for making you look different and elegant at the same time. Your look is classic and modern at the same time. Best of all, our customers are delighted by the fabric used by Lotus Romeo. It is even lighter than that of the Big 3 brands, with more structure and better flexibility.

Lotus Romeo Double Leather Collar Show Jacket in Black with Gold Piping
Lotus Romeo Double Leather Collar Show Jacket in Black with Gold Piping

This is a no-brainer for your picky friend/family member that strives to stand out from the crowd.

The Art of Unforgettable Style 

10 Long Sleeve Show Shirt for Ladies “Adelaide” by Schockemoehle Sports

Have you ever wanted a classic looking, UV protected shirt that you can wear in any ring. The Adelaide is a no-frills long sleeve shirt made from highly breathable technical fabric that has UV protection built-in.

 

Schockemoehle Sports Long Sleeves Show Shirt with UV - Adelaide
Schockemoehle Sports Long Sleeves Show Shirt with UV – Adelaide

11. Custom Riding Boots by Tucci

If your significant other is picky and you are unsure of what to get them, the Custom Riding Boots by Tucci would make a loving gift. All you have to do is call us to setup an appointment for your friend/spouse/girlfriend and we will take care of the rest. The boots are fully customizable offering a unique look for everyone. The measurement process takes about 1 hour. The boots take about 6 to 8 weeks from order to delivery. The final product is spectacular and beats everyone’s expectations.

If you are still on the fence about these boots, read on.

Navy Crocodile Polo Tucci Boots
Navy Crocodile Polo Tucci Boots

12 CamBox – Under the visor discreet wireless camera for your helmet

For your friends that love gadgets, the CamBox HD camera makes a wonderful and thoughtful gift. The camera is discreet, comes in several colors, stores about 2 hours of HD recording. And that includes audio as well!! We are impressed by the quality of the recordings.

Riders love being able to watch and share their riding experience. This one is a no-brainer.

Cambox ISI2 Black shown on rider
Cambox ISI2 Black shown on rider

13 Flex On Hunter Stirrups : For your hunter friends

So there is finally a shock absorbing stirrup that looks like a traditional hunter stirrup. It has all the advantages of its jumper cousin, but without the flashy look and design. For those of you with any kind of knee, ankle or back pain, this stirrup works like magic. Yes, that is what our customers claim after riding in these stirrups. The inclined foot board helps keep your heel down. The eye for leathers is offset to allow proper positioning. Flex On Hunter Stirrups are designed exclusively for use in the hunter ring.

The best part of the stirrups is the ability of shock absorption. There is not another stirrup in the market with this unique proposition. If you are unsure about these stirrups, give us a call. The stirrups are available on a no-obligation trial for 2 weeks.

 

Flex On Shock Absorbing Aluminium Hunter Stirrups
Flex On Shock Absorbing Aluminium Hunter Stirrups

14 Lemieux Rider Boot Bag – For the rider that has everything

A new boot bag designed from the grounds-up. The LeMieux Rider Boot Bag will make an ideal gift for any rider. It is an economical gift too! It packs plenty of storage compartments, along with a padded interior to keep the boots in place.

Lemieux Boot Bag in Navy
Lemieux Boot Bag in Navy
Lemieux Boot Bag in Navy - Bottom Storage
Lemieux Boot Bag in Navy – Bottom Storage

Conclusion

This list is based on mostly feedback we have received from our customers. These are the “Wow!” products for this season. Do you own any of these products? What are your thoughts on these products? What would you add or remove from this list? Let us know. we would love to read your comments!

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Why buying Custom Tucci Dressage Boots is a great idea!

Tucci Custom Dressage Boots in Navy Leather

Often times, you do not think about your boots until they are completely worn out and unusable. The objective of this post is to educate you on why going with Custom Tucci Dressage Boots is a great idea. We will describe in detail the reasons why so many of our customers decide on custom boots. Also, we will go over the process of the boots and answer your questions. So when you are in the market for new boots, make sure to have these custom boots as your top option.

Why Tucci for Custom Dressage Boots

There are many reasons why we proudly offer Custom Dressage Boots exclusively by Tucci. Here we list them

Diverse Collection of Styles and Colors

Tucci’s mission statement “anything is possible” applies nowhere as aptly as it does to custom dressage boots. Tucci truly offers the most diverse portfolio of boots. What does this mean for you? You are not limited to a handful of choices. In fact, the number of custom options are mind-boggling. Different styles are just the starting point. You also get to select the color and texture of the leather used for making your boots. Whether you want a glossy finish versus a matte finish, that is your choice. There is also no extra charge for these choices. You can also select whether your boot comes with a front/side zipper or back zipper.

Styles for Custom Dressage Boots

Custom Dressage Boots by Tucci

Fully Custom Boots (not semi-custom)

An important point to be noted when comparing custom boots from other manufacturers is that the Tucci boots are Fully Custom. This means that the boots are made to measure. Not semi-custom boots as some other manufacturers offer. What does this mean? We have to measure both your legs with intricate detail. This measurement has to be conducted in-store by our qualified boot measuring personnel. Undoubtedly, this is the most important step of the process. The idea is that if this step is done correctly, the rest of the process goes much smoother. This is why we request that you make an appointment for measurement in advance.

Custom Boots Must Fit Perfectly

Tucci offers custom boots for dressage exclusively. That means Tucci’s offering for dressage is custom only. We started working with Tucci about 4 years ago. Over the last 4 years, we are glad we went with Tucci. We were approached by several other boot makers for custom boots. However, we selected Tucci because of their deep expertise in boot making as well as their reputation with after-sales service. Time and time again, we have observed Tucci helping customers resolve their boot problems. That philosophy to customer service aligns with ours. We do not just claim to be oriented towards customer service. We live it everyday. Most notably, when it comes to custom boots, you have our back. If your custom boots do not fit well, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Long lasting and durability

You do not buy custom boots everyday. With custom boots, there is an implied assumption that the boots will serve you for a while. There are obviously factors that go into determine how long that time frame is. It depends on how often you ride and how well you care for your boots among other things. Be rest assured that Tucci employs the finest and sturdy leather. When it comes to Tucci boots, there is no compromise. The old saying of “you get what you pay for” is applicable here. For $1475, you will receive a fully custom and personalized boot tailored for years of use.

How does it work?

The process is described step-by-step below:

  1. Setup an appointment by calling us at or emailing us. (set aside 45 minutes to 1 hour for the measuring process). Please wear your regular riding breeches.
  2. Arrive at the store on your appointment time for measurement.
  3. After measurements, select your boot style, options and leather etc.
  4. Pay a deposit of 50%
  5. Wait for 4 to 6 weeks. (Patience is a virtue)

Still Debating?

Do you have Tucci boots? We would like to hear your feedback. What are your thoughts ? Do you love your Tucci boots? If not, what would you change?

 

 

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Secchiari Boots : Beautiful, Comfortable and Stylish

Secchiari Athena Riding Tall Boots for Show Jumping in Black

The objective of this post is to introduce the Secchiari brand to the US equestrian/horserider market. Secchiari is an Italian bootmaker with a full selection of ready-to-wear and custom boots for dressage, show jumping and polo.

With so many options for riding boots, one would think “Who needs another brand?”. That is mostly inline with our thoughts as well, until earlier this year. Our customers were tired of the same choices for boots. They want more options, particularly for off-the-shelf ready-to-wear boots.

While Tucci does a remarkable job at fully custom boots for both dressage and show jumping, there is a segment of the market that does not want to wait for custom boots. Instead, they want a semi-soft ready-to-wear boot that they can use for riding and competition right away. Enter Secchiari Boots. All Secchiari boots have two things that make them stand out:

  1. Comfortable and broken-in from Day 1.
  2. Styles that are modern and conservative at the same time.

The comfort part is important. Everyone knows the pain of breaking in new boots. We have all endured the blisters, the pain and bruises all in an effort to break-in new boots. The situation is even worse with certain brands whose boots are ultra-stiff and it takes 2 to 3 weeks for daily use. While this is particularly painful for tall boots, the same applies to paddock (short) boots. Some of us manage the pain the old fashioned way by just getting used to it. Others employ home made tricks such as stuffing Kleenex tissues or wearing 2 pairs of socks. While each method may have its merits, there is no denying that new boots cause some pain.

What makes Secchiari Boots more comfortable?

Where some brands create their boots from a super soft and thin “wallet” leather, there are other brands that produce the stiffest leather boots. The former is easy to wear on day 1 with no break-in required. The downside is that these boots drop very drastically and wear out much quicker. The lifespan on these boots is much shorter than average.

In contrast, the stiffness of the latter category of boots makes them extremely uncomfortable for new use. Riders have to endure hours and hours of  excruciatingly pain in order to break them in. Eventually (2 to 3 weeks by some accounts), the boots do break in and the leather becomes supple and conforms.

Secchiari Boots are made from soft and supple leather. Flexible yet stands on its own, unlike another well renowned and popular brand of boots. The Secchiari philosophy strikes just the right balance between leather stiffness and comfort. The leather thickness is halfway between the “wallet” leather and the “super stiff” leather. Secchiari boots can be ridden in the first day with minor discomfort.

Secchiari Boots – Modern and Conservative Style

Secchiari also brings another advantage to the table: modern and conservative styling. The Secchiari portfolio of boots presents a boot for everyone. Whether you ride dressage, or show jumping or hunters, Secchiari has a boot for you. When you want to compete, there are lots of options for show boots.

Secchiari Paddock Boots "Hera" in Black
Secchiari Paddock Boots “Hera” in Black
Secchiari Paddock Boots in Brown shown with Olanda Mini Chaps
Secchiari Paddock Boots in Brown shown with Olanda Mini Chaps

The Secchiari Paddock Boots Hera and the Olanda Mini Chaps are a system that allows you the look of tall boots without the discomfort. It is hard to tell these apart from tall boots. This concept was first popularized by the Freejump Liberty Boots and Chaps system. Tucci has its own offering of short-boots and mini chaps boot system. What sets the Secchiari apart from the other such models are the clean lines and superior fit. The Secchiari fit is second to none. Add to that the Hera Short Boots feature elastic panels on both sides along with a side zipper to fasten. The Tucci Harl Paddock boots do not feature a zipper. The Freejump boots are more modern, not appealing to the rider who desires a classic look.

Secchiari Athena Riding Tall Boots for Show Jumping in Black
Secchiari Athena Riding Tall Boots for Show Jumping in Black
Secchiari Dress Boots for Show Jumping in Blue
Secchiari Dress Boots for Show Jumping in Blue

How does the size run on Secchiari  boots?

The Secchiari boots are handmade in Italy. The fit is mostly true to size. Size charts are shown below:

Secchiari Mini Chaps - Size Chart
Secchiari Mini Chaps – Size Chart
Secchiari Tall Boots Size Chart
Secchiari Tall Boots Size Chart
Secchiari Riding Boots - Size Chart
Secchiari Riding Boots – Size Chart

What about Custom boots?

While Secchiari does not yet offer fully custom boots, they do offer a good variety of personalizations. The Colombian Luxury Top Tall Boots are one example.

Secchiari Columbian Luxury Top Tall Boots - Brown Croc
Secchiari Columbian Luxury Top Tall Boots – Brown Croc
Secchiari Columbian Luxury Top Tall Boots - Brown Croc
Secchiari Columbian Luxury Top Tall Boots – Brown Croc
Secchiari Columbian Luxury Top Tall Boots - Brown Croc
Secchiari Columbian Luxury Top Tall Boots – Brown Croc
Secchiari Columbian Luxury Top Tall Boots - Black Patent
Secchiari Columbian Luxury Top Tall Boots – Black Patent
Secchiari Columbian Luxury Top Tall Boots - Black with Navy Croc Top
Secchiari Columbian Luxury Top Tall Boots – Black with Navy Croc Top
Secchiari Columbian Luxury Top Tall Boots - Brown with Brown Croc Top and Heel
Secchiari Columbian Luxury Top Tall Boots – Brown with Brown Croc Top and Heel

Questions? Comments? Feedback

We welcome your comments and feedback. Secchiari is a relatively new name in the United States. If you have questions, please leave us a comment below.

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New Tucci Show Jumping Boots for 2016

Tucci Harley Field Boots in Brown

We are pleased to announce that in addition to Tucci Dressage Boots, we now carry the Tucci Boots for Show Jumping as well. There are two very exciting models of tall boots and paddock boots mini-chaps combinations for the 2015-16 season.

Tucci is a very well established name in the riding boots space. Given our philosophy of offering the very best selection, Tucci fit the bill perfectly. The company has an unwavering focus on bringing the most stylish riding boots that are comfortable and reliable. All the Tucci boots (including the short/paddock boots) are handmade in Italy.

New Models for 2016

New season means new boot models. Tucci has announced 2 new models for this upcoming season:

  1. Harley Field Boots

Classic styling with a modern touch define this good looking boot. It performs as good as it looks. The pseudo-lace area gives it a clean look with superb support for the foot. These are the boots that Scott Brash uses. Made from high quality Italian nappa leather. Features elastic and rear zipper. Extra padding in high pressure points.

 

tucci-harley-tall-boots-pair tucci-harley-tall-boots-front tucci-harley-tall-boots-top

The Harley Field Boots comes in 4 colors: Black, Navy, Brown and Red

Tucci Harley Field Boots in Red
Tucci Harley Field Boots in Red
Tucci Harley Field Boots in Navy
Tucci Harley Field Boots in Navy
Tucci Harley Field Boots in Brown
Tucci Harley Field Boots in Brown

 

2. Marilyn Dress Boots

The Marilyn Dress Boots comes in 3 colors.

Tucci Marilyn Dress Boots - Black, Red and Navy
Tucci Marilyn Dress Boots – Black, Red and Navy
Tucci Marilyn Dress Boots - Red Front View
Tucci Marilyn Dress Boots – Red Front View

Tucci Marilyn Dress Boots - Red Side View
Tucci Marilyn Dress Boots – Red Side View

Tucci Custom Means Full Custom (not semi)

Keep in mind that Tucci Custom means fully custom boots, not semi custom or another variation thereof. Fully Custom Boots take 6 to 8 weeks from order to delivery. That is why the Tucci measurement process for custom boots is lengthy and details. When it comes to custom boots, the key is in measuring correctly the first time. This is not a quick measurement of just the calf, height and shoe size. Tucci invests significant effort in training their dealers on how to measure correctly. This attention to adhering to the process pays dividends in the long run.

If you were looking for design inspiration or ideas on your own Tucci boots, browse our gallery of Custom Tucci Dressage Boots.

Happy Customers

When measured correctly the first time, custom boots fit the first time. Our customers are delighted. Their past experiences with custom boots have not been so smooth! Tucci goes above and beyond when it comes to customer service. Should the boot not fit initially, we work with Tucci on solutions. Tucci’s approach to custom boots (and boots in general) is different than other bootmakers. They look at each boot as an art form. Just like an art form needs perfection, each custom boot must receive the full attention of all the persons involved from start to finish. Whether that be the original dealer at your tack shop that measures you or the person that constructed your boot by hand.

Tell us about your TUCCITIME

Now, it is your turn to share your thoughts. What has been your experience? Have you ordered custom TUCCI Boots? Tell us in the comments below. We would love to hear your opinion, good or not-so-good.