Hey all! I've been searching the internet (ok, Amazon and ebay, but whatever) for bridles this week for a show this weekend. It's just a county fair, and I don't show hunter (dressage ponies), so I was considering getting a cheap brown bridle to show in. However, I couldn't find any used ones by me, and the new ones were expensive and -it should go without saying- crappy, as most new tack items tend to be these days. On a last ditch attempt I tracked down a tack consignment store to its new location and drove over.
There I dug through the racks (beautiful older herringbone designs, stitched bridles, etc.) and left with two bridles.
1) The noseband is marked TRIUMPH Made in England. It is rolled leather (NICE quality), with the cheek pieces adjusting at the poll, not the sides. The noseband is interesting, kind of a drop style, though I don't think it's a drop. Any info would be wonderful. I'm probably going to be re-selling it, since I don't use show bridles.
2) The crownpiece is stamped Stubben Made in Ireland, and the stamp looks very fresh. The leather is decent quality, but not nearly as nice as one would expect from an older brand bridle, leading me to believe it's a newer bridle. It's a mono-crown, with the cheek pieces adjusting from the buckle at the poll. It's rolled leather, though the noseband is not rolled and is wide and slightly raised, more of a dressage style. The superficial outermost layer of the leather is cracked throughout the bridle, as seen in a lot of newer bridles. Not sure if a good conditioning will solve that yet. Also, the bridle came with matching rolled/laced reins, and a matching rolled standing martingale. Very odd... Any info would be wonderful, as well as its value.