From innovative tack boxes to custom riding boots with matching spur straps, the life of an equestrian is full of bespoke decisions. Custom-designed apparel and gear not only make a great first impression, but also help with an equestrian’s morale and confidence. Sarah Hoog, owner of C U at X Tack (cuatxtack.com), a premier online destination for fine dressage tack and apparel, says, “A correctly fitting bridle is crucial; changing from a heavy bit to a lightweight Titanium bit can be the difference between watching the awards ceremony or participating in it.” Hoog explains how her company was founded on selecting the best of the market to offer equestrians a unique, personable selection when it comes to choosing everything from custom riding boots to bridles.
Joseph Moran, owner of Top Jock Tack Boxes (topjocktackboxes.com), takes the concept of equestrian individuality to the next level. What started as a request from his wife for a tack box has developed into a full-fledged business that offers completely customizable tack boxes for every item an equestrian might need for both in and out of the performance ring. Moran states, “You only get one chance to make a first impression” and unforgettable first impressions are easy when you have both your brand and photograph on your easy-to-transport tack box. Composed of a combination of wood, stainless steel and metal sheeting, Top Jock tack boxes offer plenty of exterior space to feature custom graphics, including sponsors’ logos or photographs of your recent success at the Grand Prix. No creative vision is too far outside the riding ring—as Moran says, “If you can dream it, we can build it.”
—by Lauren Teneriello