It's becoming the style now to have padded raised, fancy stitch bridles.
Several lower name bridles are like that now. Those features aren't what make it an "A" circuit bridle. I honestly wouldn't be ashamed in the slightest to show A in my Crown bridle that I use for schooling. It looks and feels just as nice as the Edgewoods and Wellingtons. All it takes is a couple coats of oil, and voila.
Monocrows are all the rage now. You can either go with Wellingtons $300+, or the $100+ Harwich, which I've heard better reviews about anyway.
You can feel good leather. But at a distance, no one I really staring intently at your bridle. So if it looks nice, works on you horse, and is of nice quality, to me, I don't care about the title it has. JMO. :)
But, my go to brands that I trust is Wellfleet, and on a bigger budget, Nantucket for show bridles.
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Last edited by DejaVu; 07-15-2011 at 08:25 PM.