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post #11 of 19 Old 09-09-2013, 06:00 PM
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I've had my hands on the Ovation and HDR bridles in a store, and hands down, the Smartpak bridle is nicer. Both the Ovation and HDR felt stiff and sort of cheap, IMO. The quality of the leather in the Smartpak bridle is the same as a bridle twice as expensive, at least for the Harwich, but I've heard equally good things about the Plymouth.

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post #12 of 19 Old 09-09-2013, 10:01 PM
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I also like the Smartpak bridles. With a light oiling and good conditioning when you first get them, they are really, really nice. :)

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post #13 of 19 Old 09-10-2013, 07:57 AM
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Agree with the above. I have the SmartPak Harwich bridle and absolutely love it! It's held up really well over the summer (I typically ride 4 days a week).
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post #14 of 19 Old 09-12-2013, 01:30 PM
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I absolutely adore products by Nunn Finer (also made in US while most of tack recommended here is made in India or China).

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I'd stay away from Kinkade - have seen it "in person", and leather is stiff and unpleasant on touch.

Collegiate and Courbette are OK brands.

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post #15 of 19 Old 10-06-2013, 07:25 PM
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I love my Beval bridle ! It is a figure eight bridle with nice fleece and the leather is supple and beautiful. I also like Red Barn Bridlework and Pessoa.
My dressage bridles are all German made, of various brands. One that sticks out to me is Kavalkade bridles. They are super supple and I'm sure they can be made in brown. They were all close to $200 but I don't think above it.

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post #16 of 19 Old 10-16-2013, 05:12 PM
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My friend has a gorgeous Beval bridle for her welsh. It's raised padded and fancy stitched. I'm not sure how much it cost but probably under $200.
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post #17 of 19 Old 10-16-2013, 05:50 PM
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I have brown Bobby's English Tack and black Red Barn bridles. The Bobby's bridle cost me ~$100 and is fantastic. The Red Barn bridle cost closer to $200 (w/o reins) and is OK but I don't like it quite as much.

Victory Canter carries a lot of Bobby's brand tack- I did a quick search for "Bobby's flash bridle" on their site and they had 10 bridles from $108-250 dollars
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post #18 of 19 Old 10-16-2013, 08:13 PM
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I adore my Vespcucci Bridle.. I think it was $300 though, but I am in love with it LOL
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post #19 of 19 Old 10-17-2013, 02:09 PM
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I recently picked up a Vespucci for $150 on the Facebook group English Tack Trader, and it still had the tags on. It's nice, but I would not have paid the $400 it usually goes for with the reins. It's nice, but not THAT nice, IMO. If you can find one like I did, it's a much nicer bridle than the Bobby's I originally ordered that didn't fit. Still like my Harwich bridle from Smartpak a lot, but I didn't like the style of their black dressage bridles.

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