Mix and Match
Get coordinated with Der-Dau's Argyle mini-barrel handbag with matching half chaps and iPod® cover. The handbag is made with French calf leather and features Der-Dau's signature leather lining. Suggested retail price $650. The half chaps are designed with a Cow Hair on Argyle print and Brown Alligator trims, SRP $1,200 custom made. Complete the look with an iPod® cover fashioned from the same French calf and Argyle print, SRP $180. Also available in other leathers and colors. (718) 336-4513; www.derdau.com.
Sweets for the Sweet
From Harbor Chocolates, every equestrian's favorite chocolatier, comes the Milk Chocolate Hunt Collection in a handsome Equestrian Tin, all wrapped up and ready for gift giving! Inside is a 12-piece assortment from the handmade Milk Chocolate Hunt Collection and the Dark Chocolate English Assortment. Suggested retail price $24.95. Also available: a special cobalt blue Dark Horse Pouch filled with a six-piece assortment, SRP $10.50. (800) 234-4860; www.harborsweets.com.
Treat the horse-crazy kid on your gift list to Sleep Pony Dreams Bedding from Wild Horsefeathers. Named after the book of the same title, these sheets, pillowcases, shams and duvet form a comforting child's retreat sprinkled with fields of tiny horses. In 80% cotton/20% polyester; 200 thread count. Suggested retail prices $19.95-$79.95. Also available: Equestrials Hoodie (SRP $49.95) and Yoga Pants (SRP $39.95), in Olive and Sand, ladies' sizes S-L; the hand-cut sterling Estelle's Pendant, SRP $44.95; the Live to Ride Ring in sterling silver, sizes 5-8, SRP $22.95; and the Black Horse Tee, available in two styles, ladies' sizes S-XL, SRPs $24.95-$29.95. (800) 298-4998; www.wildhorsefeathers.com.
In the Frame
Have a photo of that favorite equine just waiting to be framed? Do it with an elegant handmade 4" x 6" Stirrup Frame from Eliquus Fine Equestrian Gifts. Each piece has a unique distressed/rustic finish and holds two 4" x 6" photos in glass (front and back). The perfect gift for every horse lover on your list! Suggested retail price $45. (310) 398-0098; www.eliquus.com.
Need to take a load off between rounds? The Eventing Seat to the rescue! Part of Horseware Ireland's new Rambo® Luggage Range, this portable mini-stool is made of luxurious Gold and Black jacquard fabric with nylon lining. Suggested
retail price $31.
Also available in this line: the Rambo® Hat, Boot & Chap Bag, SRP $59; the Rambo® Hat & Boot Bag, SRP $81; the Rambo® Garment Bag, SRP $59; the Rambo® Padded Bridle Bag, SRP $38; and the Rambo$ Saddle Bag, SRP $81. (800) 887-6688; www.horseware.com.
Beauty at Bat
For a little sparkle in the saddle, trade your ordinary riding crop for an EquiStar Metallic Horse Head Bat! A colorful yet practical accessory with a metallic horse head and wrapped shaft, it's a unique gift that is available in Lavender, Hot Pink, Pink and Light Blue.
Suggested retail price $13.99. English Riding Supply, (866) 569-1600; www.englishridingsupply.com.
Reading and Riding
Update your equestrian library with three new cutting-edge titles from HorseBooksEtc.com. Avoid the most common horse buying errors with Bob Avila's Be a Smart Horse Buyer , suggested retail price $24.95. Next, enjoy lessons with a two-time Olympic medallist courtesy of the action-packed DVD Cross Country Clinic with Jim Wofford , SRP $29.95. Then join legendary trainer George Morris as he introduces eight young riders to the skills they'll need to excel at the international level in the DVD George Morris: Lessons in Horsemanship , presented by Practical Horseman. SRP $29.95. Because it's better to give than to receive, be sure to pick up a copy of How to Start and Run a Rescue , SRP $19.95. Last but not least, the EQUUS Illustrated Handbook, Vol 2 contains everything you need to know about your horse's inner and outer anatomy, SRP $19.95. (800) 952-5813; www.horsebooketc.com.
Among the new titles at Trafalgar Square Books this season is the self-help book Build Complete Confidence with Horses--Beat Fear and Excuses and Attain Your Riding Goals by Kelly Marks, SRP $29.95. Another Trafalgar Square title worth exploring is Classical Schooling with the Horse in Mind--Gentle Gymnastic Techniques by Anja Beran, SRP $45. Looking to make your horse feel better? Take a peek at Concise Guide to
Medications, Herbs, and Supplements for the Horse by David W. Ramey, DVM, SRP $14.95. In Klaus Balkenhol-The Man and His Training Methods, by Britta Schoffmann, an international dressage celebrity is profiled and many of his techniques explored. SRP $29.95. Get practical advice on back health from neurosurgeon/equestrian Jim Warson in The Rider's Pain-Free Back--Overcome Chronic Soreness, Injury, and Aging to Stay in the Saddle for Years to Come, with Ami Hendrickson, SRP $29.95. A classic is revisited in Riding Logic--Transform Riding Skills to 'Art on Horseback' with Classical Lessons in Flatwork and Jumping, by Wilhelm Museler, SRP $29.95. Learn techniques for "straightening" green horses and increasing their carrying power in Straightening the Crooked Horse--Correct Imbalance, Relieve Strain, and Encourage Free Movement with an Innovative System of Straightness Training by Gabriele Rachen-Schoneich and Klaus Schoneich, SRP $29.95. Arena exercises designed to fine-tune rider coordination and communication, as well as improve transitions, rhythm, flexion, accuracy and balance, are the subject of The Right Track-Arena Exercises for Riders and Instructors, by Sarah Venamore, SRP $24.95. Then explore the ideal physiological education of the equine in Tug of War: Classical versus "Modern" Dressage--Why Classical Training Works and How Incorrect "Modern" Training Negatively Affects Horses' Health by Dr. Gerd Heuschmann, SRP $29.95. (800) 423-4525; www.horseandriderbooks.com.