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For Horses “FH” : A revolution in riding breeches

For Horses Ladies Push Up Show Jumping Breeches - Grey Back View

By now, you may have heard of the name, whether its “For Horses” or “FH”. It is the small name in Italian equestrian apparel that is making waves across the United States. You may have spotted the iconic “4 horses” head logo surrounded by “F” and “H”. Subtle and classy, “For Horses” inspires a return to the basics combining high-performance fabric with tasteful elegance.

FH Ladies Lightweight Show Jumping Breeches Remie in Navy - Side View
FH Ladies Lightweight Show Jumping Breeches Remie in Navy – Side View

The “FH” Beginning (2014)

During the 2013-14 Winter Equestrian Festival, we proudly launched For Horses as a new brand on the US. We debuted the brand at both our Wellington store as well as at our WEF Mobile Showroom. At that time, the For Horses collection comprised of just 2 styles of riding breeches and 2 styles of competition shirts. The collection also included 1 style of men’s riding pants in addition to a Men’s Show Shirt. The reaction at the time was exceptional. The few customers that bought the For Horses breeches swore nothing else compared to the comfort and fit.

The riding breeches were initially available only in Beige and Navy. The show shirt was also available in just White. The show jackets were available in 3 colors: Navy, Black and Grey. The concept behind the For Horses brand is simple: create iconic one-of-a-kind pieces of equestrian clothing that are aesthetically pleasing and fit well. The “FH” philosophy is to focus on the best possible fit for riding apparel. When the fit and comfort are ideal, the rest falls in place automatically. As riders, we all know the pain of ill fitting breeches. There are some that sag, yet others with a “diaper” effect. There are also the ultra-expensive ones that either fade after a few uses or lose their original fit.

The customers who wear the “FH” breeches are so happy to have discovered this brand. According to the customer testimonials, “these breeches stay like-new” wash after wash, use after use. The lightness of the fabric is an incredible experience, especially for riders who are transitioning from the older brands. In their own words, “FH” breeches have no comparison.

Ladies Lace Show Shirt In Fuschia - Front View
Ladies Lace Show Shirt In Fuschia – Front View

For Horses: The Story

The story of For Horses starts in 2002 by the husband and wife time of Andrea Piovan and Giovanna Novello. They were and continue to be driven by a passion for equestrian sport, a love of horses and the desire to create unique and exclusive products. Giovanna is a designer and stylist with a long experience in the textiles sector and sport clothing, for dance and leisure wear. She combined her know-how with that of husband Andrea, a chemical textile engineer. She grew up learning about fashion in her family’s dance wear business. During the 1980’s they introduced a new concept of lifestyle dance clothing which enjoyed enormous success. Her mother is a designer and stylist, both brothers are stylists and her father is an entrepreneur with a creative soul.

Andrea comes from a family of chemical engineers. His father was a chemist for a well-known international company, and he himself has matured a long experience in the textile sector. From the knowledge of dyeing process to the finishing of fabrics, Andrea also  had a passion for horses since childhood. As a result, he gained a deep knowledge of the equestrian sector as a rider and avid horseman.

The For Horses collection comes from this perfect union. For Horses is proudly and exclusively Made in Italy by skilled artisans. In fact, that is a point of pride for the company owners.

What makes For Horses so unique?

It would be unfair to compare the For Horses label to the Big 3 of Equestrian Clothing. The “FH” collection comes from a continuous harmony of researching fashion trends. The “FH” brand is truly innovative. The focus is on creating a handful inspiring designs vs a bevy of articles/designs that often fail to impress. Think of “FH” as the smaller but more creative player in the equestrian space. Unlike the big and confusing seasonal and flash collections from the Big 3 brands, FH produces just a few pieces which are iconic.

That is the difference between being a designer yourself and hiring designers. After all, it is much easier to put into production your own concepts and ideas. The original design philosophy often gets lost when the design portion of the job is outsourced. That is exactly where “FH” shines. Giovanna is the designer and owner of the “FH” label. As such, her designs come to life via the products without any distortion.

Another key factor is the choice of materials used for these pieces of clothing. Andrea Piovan brings that expertise to the “FH” team. His deep knowledge of fabrics and textiles is crucial to producing the perfect breeches that not only look good, but are also comfortable on a hot, humid day (especially in the South Florida heat). the “FH” breeches are made from technical, multi-stretch material for perfect comfort and a very feminine fit. Each piece meets the technical requirements of the rider in terms of durability, water and wind-resistance. The best part : the “FH” fabric is lightweight, breathable and moisture wicking.

The “FH” Women’s Breeches Collection: Minnie, Winnie, Remie, Pat and Patty

If you are bored and tired of the same look, the For Horses collection

Minnie – The Back Pocket Stylish Breech

If you are a fan of the back pockets, the Minnie Ladies Knee Patch Show Breeches fits the bill. These are, by far, the #1 back-pocket breeches in the United States. The fit is decidedly superior compared to the other Italian brands. While different brands are meant to fit different body types, the Minnie is very versatile fit-wise. We have observed several different customers look great in these riding pants.  The fabric and fit are made to tailor around your shape. During its introductory year, the Minnie breeches were the top seller show breech in Beige as well as White.

 

Remie – The Slim Fit Breech for Jumper, Hunter and Equitation

Welcome to the classic high performance breech: Remie Lightweight Show Jumping Breeches. It is head and shoulders above everything else in the market. It would be hard to even compare this with any other breech. The ultra light fabric sets these riding pants apart from the competition. While all the brands may claim terms such as “4-way” stretch, Remie is built on that foundation.  Additionally, these breeches do not fade.

Our customers remark at how extremely light these breeches feel. Being ultra-light in weight is just one of the many advantages. The Remie is ideally designed to be worn in warmer climates. The fabric instantly wicks away the sweat. This keeps you cool, even in the sweltering Florida heat. No more ugly “sweat stains”. This is where the high-performance part comes in. When you feel confident, you perform your best.

The Remie is one of the few breeches that can be easily used for competing in the Jumping, Hunter and Equitation ring. It is simple, no pockets or zippers or trims. Just pure performance and good looks packed together.

Pat – The Push Up Show Jumping Breeches

Pat is the Push Up Show Jumping Breeches that flatter and enhance your derriere. These super flattering breeches are not just comfortable and stylish, they also feature an innovative concept: Straight Up Zipper, No buttons. No, the zipper does not inadvertently drop down. In fact, this design eliminates the “gap” that is prevalent in other breeches. We all know the gap. It is the gap in the center back of your breeches (just above the belt loop) when you bend on your knees or lean forward.

Not to mention the clean design lines and no pinching of the buttons inward when you ride.

Conclusion

For Horses is a young and creative brand. It is the creative energy of the owners of the brand that keeps moving them forward. Unlike other clothing brands, For Horses is constantly adapting to meet the diverse needs of discerning equestrians. Our customers eagerly await the arrival of new FH products. There is a new sense of excitement and buzz that has been created by For Horses.

Have you worn any For Horses breeches? What is your experience? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

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Spur-evolution Interchangeable Spurs

Mandtis Spur Bases shown with Spur Tips

Tired of lugging around 10 pairs of Spurs? The answer is Mandtis Interchangeable Spurs. These spurs liberate you and lighten you. We mean literally as well. Mandtis presents the  latest innovation in spur technology.

Mandtis Interchangeable Spur system enables you to have as many different spurs as you want, but still be light. Here is how it works, the Spur Tips attach to the Spurs via a Magnetic system. You buy one pair of Spurs. This is a complete set of Spurs. It comes included with  7 to 8 pair of Spur Tips, along with one pair of Spurs.

Mandtis : One Spur, Many Horses

Anytime, you need a different kind of spur, all you do is swap out the spur-tip . Voila! You have a different spur. Want yet another spur? Detach the existing tip, attach the new tip. Simple as that! Let us just say changing spurs is a snap now. This is an ideal setup for those riding multiple horses everyday or those that own several horses/ponies requiring different spurs. It is also helpful in situations where you would like to try a different spur to judge the horse’s response.  Even those competing in different disciplines, for example

Mandtis Spur Bases shown with Spur Tips
Mandtis Spur Bases shown with Spur Tips

 

The spur tips connect to the spurs via a Magnetic system. The attachment system is strong and durable. Your spurs will remain attached. A sufficient amount of force is required to detach the spur tips. The ends have to be pulled straight out. Pulling/pushing in any other direction will not detach the spurs.

 

Save Time, Save Money

Buying Spurs can wear down your wallet quickly. With the Mandtis Spur Set, you buy the entire Spur Set at one time. Each Spur Set contains 1 Pair of Spurs, 8 different types of Spur Tips, 1 Pair of Leather Spur Straps, 1 Pair of Silicone (Anti-Slip) Spur Protectors.

 

No More Slipping Spurs

The silicone spur protectors that slide over the Spurs provide anti-slip grip. Another benefit is relief to aching ankles from the pressure of the spurs. The silicone provides protection for your boots and also enables a non-slipping grip. No more sliding spurs.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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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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!