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WEF 2014 Recap

TACKNRIDER Trailer at WEF

Week 1 through Week 12 of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) 2014 passed by in a blitz. That is how busy we were at our three locations (WEF Showgrounds, the Stadium at PBIEC and the TACKNRIDER store). Before the season started, we had a somewhat expectation of how busy we would be. Oh Boy…we were wrong! We were caught off guard with the amount of traffic and business we received.

This season, by far, has turned out to be the busiest for TACKNRIDER. For that, we are thankful to our customers. We thank you for supporting our business. We will continue to bring you delighting products and services. We have enjoyed a lot of ‘firsts’ this season, notable among them:

  1. New Website, www.tacknrider.com launched with a compelling interface and easy to shop.
  2. New State-of-the-Art mobile showroom trailer at WEF Showgrounds.
  3. New offering of custom Tucci Dressage Boots.  We are pleased to partner with a reputable name as Tucci for custom dressage boots.
  4. New Print Catalog

What began as a series of unknowns, has now ended with a bang. Let me correct that…it has not quite ended. The momentum continues as our customers return back to their home bases. They continue to place phone orders and online orders. We have seen a dramatic increase in store traffic as well.

While I would like to write in more detail about all the 12 weeks of this season, that will have to wait. Let me re-cap by bringing you some highlights from the WEF season, both in terms of products and the experiences of our customers.

1. Freejump 

It has been a hit season for Freejump. For the first time, Freejump received full exposure at WEF directly from us. The Freejump Soft Up Pro Stirrups were so popular we ran out of them 3 times. We had pre-orders for customers clamoring to get them.

Freejump Soft Up Pro Stirrups are not only important for safety, but comfort and performance as well. We had first time Freejump customers returning to buy more pairs of stirrups.

Along with the stirrups, the Free Jump Liberty XC Boots and Free Jump Liberty Boots sold exceptionally well. Riders of all levels took well to adopting Free Jump in favor of traditional tall boots. Obviously, the Freejump Liberty Boots do not drop or bunch up like tall boots. They retain their fit and are the most comfortable pair of boots and chaps. Our customers repeatedly told us their experience with the Free Jump Liberty Boots was unlike any other. They felt like riding in a “second skin”.

Here are some pictures of our happy first time Free Jump Boot customers. Almost all of these riders were so pleased with the comfort and look of these boots, they wore them right away for riding.

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Freejump Liberty XC Boots and Chaps Full View
Freejump Liberty XC Boots and Chaps Full View
Freejump Liberty XC Boots and Chaps
Freejump Liberty XC Boots and Chaps
Freejump Liberty Boots and Liberty Air Chaps with Dual Zipper
Freejump Liberty Boots and Liberty Air Chaps with Dual Zipper
Freejump Liberty Boots and Liberty Air Chaps with Dual Zipper - Side View
Freejump Liberty Boots and Liberty Air Chaps with Dual Zipper – Side View
Freejump Liberty Air Chaps
Slick Fit that retains fit.
Side-view of Freejump Liberty XC
Side-view of Freejump Liberty XC
Freejump Liberty XC
Freejump Liberty XC Boots with Freejump Liberty XC Chaps
Freejump Liberty XC Fitting
Freejump Liberty XC Fitting
Free Jump Liberty XC
Renee is a first time Free Jump customer. She is convinced these are the most comfortable boots!

Many customers opted for the Free Jump Liberty Boots and the Freejump Liberty XC Chaps. This gives them the best of both worlds. They can use the Liberty XC Chaps for everyday and wear the Liberty Air Chaps for show use.

2. Fior Da Liso

One of the biggest and most surprising hits of this season were the Fior Da Liso shirts. Our customers will tell you they absolutely love the designs and colors of these shirts. They have a flattering fit, perfect for riding and also for going out at night. Such is the appeal of these shirts, that we never sold just 1 shirt. Customers wanted as many different styles as possible. Particularly, the Emma, Raphaela, Sara and Arianna were immensely popular. These shirts offer a classy look with so many patterns. The large selection of colors and patterns allows individuality to shine. Check out our Facebook page to see some of our happy customers wearing these beautiful shirts.

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Style, fit and perfect fit with the Fior Da Liso shirts
Fior Da Liso Shirt - Emanuela II
Fior Da Liso Shirt – Emanuela II
Fior Da Liso Sara Shirt
Classic White – keep it simple yet sexy
Fior Da Liso Emma Shirt - Side View
Fior Da Liso Emma Shirt – Side View
Fior Da Liso Emma Shirt - Front View
Fior Da Liso Emma Shirt – Front View

3. KEP Italia

We introduced KEP Helmets at WEF2014. We have had a great response. These helmets are Made In Italy. They are considered the safest helmets in the riding industry. The KEP Italia helmets have the prestigious PAS015 certification, the only riding helmet to receive this. To me the best part of the helmet is the ultra light weight. It is almost like wearing a hat. You will not feel like you have a helmet on. Just like Samshield Helmets, the liners are removable, washable and replaceable.

Here is a picture of Laura in her KEP Italia helmet

KEP Textile Black Helmet
Laura is pleased with the fit and light weight of the KEP Textile Black Helmet

 

4. For Horses

This smaller Italian name has made a big splash at WEF with their innovative fabrics and styling. The For Horses Collection includes Show Jackets for Ladies and Men, Show Shirts and Show Breeches. Quite a few of our customers were so pleased with the For Horses breeches, they said “it is like wearing nothing at all”. Stay tuned as we will be adding the entire For Horses line up to the website soon.

Phyllis modeling in her For Horses Beige Breeches
Phyllis modeling in her For Horses Beige Breeches

 

For Horses Beige Breeches
Phyllis wearing her new favorite For Horses Beige Breeches
For Horses Blue Show Jacket
Annarose sporting her new For Horses Blue Show Jacket
For Horses Blue Show Jacket
Annarose sporting her new For Horses Blue Show Jacket
For Horses Blue Show Jacket
Annarose sporting her new For Horses Blue Show Jacket
For Horses Men's Show Shirt
Alfredo looking sharp in his new For Horses Long Sleeves Show Shirt

5. Kastel Denmark Riding Shirts

The Kastel shirts combine light weight fabric, exciting colors and great fit to produce the best-selling riding shirts. This is another new brand that has just made its debut at WEF.

The Kastel shirts are popular because of their lighter and more breathable fabric.  The fabric has built-in protection for UV rays. The wrist sleeve is elastic for an optimum fit. The under-arms are made from mesh material which contrasts with the main color of the shirt. The same color is used on the zipper of the shirt as well. With so many beautiful color selections to choose from, this shirt was clearly the most popular riding shirt at WEF 2014.

 

Another Happy Customer sporting her new Kastel Denmark shirt
Another Happy Customer sporting her new Kastel Denmark shirt

 

Be sure to leave comments below about your WEF 2014 experience!

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Show Jumping Breeches – New Styles and Fabrics

Equiline Boston Knee Patch Breeches

The riding clothing market is undergoing a transformation. The introduction of technical fabrics to rider’s clothing has been a major contributor.

No More Velcro

A few years ago, all you saw is Velcro lined breeches for the ankle closure. Today, that trend has been largely replaced by flexible sock bottom made of technical fabric. Not only is this feature nicer and cleaner looking, it also has a number of other advantages. One of the biggest issues with the Velcro bottom is the fraying. Over time, the Velcro strap would become loose and cause irritation. No such issues with the sock bottom. The Velcro breeches also come in Regular and Long sizes. The addition of the sock bottom has eliminated that need, since the technical fabric is flexible and adapts better to the rider’s legs.

Equiline Boston Knee Patch Breeches
Equiline Boston Knee Patch Breeches

Most the top European brands, such as Equiline, Kingsland, EuroStar, Accademia Italiana and others have incorporated the sock bottom in their respective offerings. From in-person feedback gathered in the Wellington circuit, more women prefer the sock bottom to the Velcro strap.

Technical Fabrics

The European brands are once again at the forefront of using technical fabrics in the breeches. The advancements in fabric technology have made it possible for better wear of the breeches.  This allows lower cost of care, for maintenance. Also, the breeches have a much better fit and feel to them compared to the cotton ones. The technical fabrics, such as Schoeller provide enhanced ventilation and breathing which keeps the rider cool and dry. Add to that, the breeches themselves have a superior fitted look. It is a win-win. Some examples of the bestselling breeches are the Equiline Ash Knee Patch Breeches on the women’s side and Equiline Grafton Knee Patch Breeches on the Men’s side.

 

Equiline Ash Knee Patch Breeches with Silicone
Equiline Ash Knee Patch Breeches with Silicone

 

Equine Couture Brittini Knee Patch Breeches
Equine Couture Brittini Knee Patch Breeches
Accademia Italiana Knee Patch with Silicone Dots
Accademia Italiana Knee Patch with Silicone Dots

Some examples of technical fabrics include Polyamide and Elastane. The addition of Elastane lends a degree of flexibility to the fabric while still maintaining a good fit. The flexibility allows for comfort during the rider’s movement.

One example of a company doing very well on the use of technical fabrics is Accademia Italiana. These breeches are made in Italy by Accademia Italiana. These are unlike any other breeches. The brand distinguishes itself from the competition by using special flexible fabrics along with bolder colors. More like fashion breeches, but yielding very nice wear.

Knee Patch Revolution

In conjunction with the technical fabrics taking over the breech market, something very fascinating has occurred. The traditional leather, cloth or more recently clarino knee patch has undergone a complete transformation. Realizing the need for making breeches lighter in weight and easier to care, the breech manufacturers set along to discover a different fabric for the knee patch. The results: X-Grip from Equiline, silicone dotted knee patch from Accademia Italiana, along with Silicone self-patch from Tuff Rider. Others have taken a different approach of same-fabric knee patch, making the breeches ultra-light.

Almost all the riders have universally embraced this new change. Mostly because of the several advantages it offers. The silicone treated fabric ensures higher stability and better freedom of movement. Add to that, the weight of the breeches is significantly reduced. The maintenance and care of these breeches is simple as well.

Dazzling Color Selection

The number of colors that knee patch breeches are available is mind boggling. Once again, leading on that front is Accademia Italiana. This company produces the wildest designs, that our customers love. Accademia offers something new and exciting. With Italian styling and clever use of technical fabrics (used by athletic apparel manufacturers), Accademia has presented to the market a much needed freshness. Their efforts have paid off, as customers are now lining up for these exciting breeches.

Accademia Italiana Burgundy Knee Patch Breeches
Accademia Italiana Burgundy Knee Patch Breeches

Another upside is the matching outfits to go with these beautiful colored breeches. The show shirts in Pink and Blue are now gaining popularity.

We would like to know how you like your breeches. What works for you best? What doesn’t? What do you think of the new changes?

TACKNRIDER’s entire selection of breeches is available here:

https://www.tacknrider.com/product-category/breeches/

 

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Cheval Polo Show Shirts – 2 in 1

Cheval Polo Show Shirt

The riding clothing industry is undergoing a transformation. New technologies are being introduced. Nowhere is this more apparent than in competition shirts (show shirts) and breeches. We just received a new shipment from Cheval, of their revolutionary Polo Show Shirts that doubles up as a polo shirt.

The Cheval Polo Show Shirt is made from super-light stretchy cotton. The fabric itself is high quality, unlike the low grade cotton used in some show shirts. It feels extremely light and comfortable. It breathes and dries very well….it does NOT get stinky. This is one of the major features of this shirt.

2-in-1 Polo Show Shirts (Polo Shirt and Show Shirt)

This 2-in-1 Polo Shirt and Classic show  shirt is a cute and dons a fitted look. When using as a show shirt, you simple wrap the collar, sleeves roll down under jacket. When used as a Polo Shirt, unbutton the top collar buttons, then roll up the sleeves and snap them to the side, showing a beautiful trim.  The versatility of this shirt makes it a favorite in our book. This shirt is brand new to the market and being introduced at the WEF by TACKNRIDER exclusively.

Cheval Polo Shirt White
Bright colors on the sleeves contrast nicely against the white base and blue collar
Cheval Polo Show Shirt
Use it as a Show Shirt or as a polo shirt!
Cheval Polo Show Shirt
Nice color choices, light fabric.
Cheval Polo Show Shirt
Thin fabric dries quickly for no-stink.

 

 

Cheval Polo Show Shirt
Snap-on sleeves for polo look

 

 

The Cheval Polo Show Shirt has pearl snap buttons.

The shirt comes in several color options, with white as the base. The collar and sleeves trim are different color, giving it a sporty fashionable vibe. The Cheval shirt is tapered to fit well.

Fabric Composition

The shirt is made from 77% cotton, 5% Lycra and 18% Polyamide. Let me emphasize there is not a another show shirt that matches this shirt when it comes to stretch.

Low Maintenance

The shirt can be hand washed with cold water, or can also be dry cleaned. The label advises against the use of bleach, or starch. Warm iron is recommended.

We think this shirt will be very popular quickly. Given its flexibility, light weight and super thin fabric, this shirt may become the show shirt of choice. What more can you ask for in a show shirt?

We would love to hear from you, so leave your comment.

 

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Grand Opening Tomorrow @ WEF Showgrounds

TACKNRIDER Trailer at WEF

Are you ready to experience the ultimate mobile shopping experience?

Wait no more….TACKNRIDER is unveiling a full-size mobile showroom at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (WEF Showgrounds) tomorrow!

WHAT: Grand Opening of TACKNRIDER Mobile Showroom

WHERE: WEF Showgrounds (in the vendor row) between Ann. K Hubard’s Tack Shop and Kochers

WHEN: November 27, 2013 , 10 AM

If you have not seen the mobile showroom yet, be sure to stop by. Bring your friends over as we celebrate and kick off the WEF season. Free Gifts included with every purchase, as appreciation for our customers.

TACKNRIDER Trailer at WEF
TACKNRIDER Trailer at WEF
TACKNRIDER Trailer at WEF
TACKNRIDER Trailer at WEF
TACKNRIDER Trailer at WEF
TACKNRIDER Trailer at WEF
TACKNRIDER Trailer at WEF
TACKNRIDER Trailer at WEF

We are excited about this new addition to our business. The showroom is state-of-the-art, equipped with full Air Conditioner, Canopies, Center stage, and an uber-cool fitting room etc. We will feature new apparel and tack from Equiline, Schockemohle Sports, GPA, Eskadron, Samshield, HKM, Jeffries, Accademia Italiana.

Stop by to check out the newest addition to WEF! You will not be disappointed. Stay tuned for more exclusive pictures of the showroom, coming soon!

See you at WEF!