Editor's note: In December we asked one of our experienced writers to seek out a selection of gift ideas for horses, riders and the barn. We hope these give you some great gift ideas for the holidays, or perhaps let you give a hint for something you want from that special person! Inclusion in this article does not imply endorsement, and exclusion does not imply any criticism.
Warm waterproof tall boots remain highly popular and are widely seen and sported at barns and competition venues across the country. These stylish boots are available in shops and online through most major tack shops. Boots made by Dubarry retail for around $489. Santas with a smaller budget can choose from similarly styled boots available from other manufacturers, including Dublin, Middleburg and Ovation, for around $130 to $160.
For warm weather, fashion-forward occasions, riders and nonriders alike can flaunt an equestrian-themed look with Italian leather sandals by Katharine Page (www.katharinepage.co). Available in a range of styles, each sports bridle stitching detailing on the top. For those on your gift list who love shoes with bling, the “Palm Beach” has four rows of Swarovski crystals. The sandals are available through select shops, including Beval Saddlery (www.beval.com), and retail for around $375.00.
With the All Weather Rider coat by Asmar Equestrian (www.asmarequestrian.com), riders can laugh at the weather when rain comes their way. Thoughtful details include zippered gussets and a hidden front skirt to cover most of the saddle. Zippered gussets at the sleeves and a detachable hood are other welcome features when the weather gets nasty. This coat is made for riding but elegant enough for pedestrian wear, too. It retails for around $320 through finer riding shops.
Technical riding jackets and britches from an increasing list of manufacturers continue to be the rage and are available in all styles and price ranges to delight the rider on your gift list. For the detail conscious, Cavalleria Toscana (www.Cavalleriatoscana.com) features a line of washable jackets that have real button closures at the sleeves, piping around the bottom and pockets, and contrasting faux suede collar. Navy, black, and gray are color staples but the lineup has been expanded to include royal blue and wheat.
For the rider who cannot get enough of horses during the day, Joules offers cozy horsey PJs to curl up in at night. Flannel bottoms pair up with a long-sleeved cotton shirt to ensure comfort while dreaming big dreams. These retail for around $57 and are available at shops carrying the Joules line of clothing.
When a smaller gift is more appropriate but you still want to offer something more personal, a monogrammed saddle pad could fit the bill nicely. Some retailers even offer free monogramming services. With the extra money, perhaps you could buy yourself one!